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256  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1967 Trans-Am season review on: November 10, 2013, 05:00:34 PM
It's also interesting to read that Leslie was definately not in favor of the LeMans type start that he had just experienced at Green Valley and earlier in the year at Sebring.  You can tell in his comments at the end of the article that he was worried about the safety risks in this type of start.
257  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Trans Am racing pace car pics...are there any? on: November 10, 2013, 04:52:10 PM
Here is one of the coolest photos featuring a pace car paciing a Trans Am race I have come across.  This is a beautiful color picture of the 1969 Camaro RS/SS Indy Pace Car convertible pacing Les Trois Heures du Circuit Trans Am race at Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant, St. Jovite, Quebec, Canada on August 3, 1969.   The picture was taken during the caution laps after the huge multi-car wreck.  Check out the missing front end of the Jerry Titus Firebird in third place behind the two Penske Camaros.  I found the picture here: http://www.autocourse.ca/index.php?file=photos.html

See a few more pictures of this car in Reply #84 on page six of this thread.
258  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Trans Am racing pace car pics...are there any? on: November 08, 2013, 11:51:21 PM
I also came across this nice shot taken by someone from the Denver Post just at the start of the 1967 Continental Divide Trans Am race at Continental Divide Raceways, Castle Rock, Coloroado on August 27, 1967.  You can see the 1967 Ford Mustang convertible in the pit lane just after the Trans Am cars got the green flag to begin the race.  I found the picture here: http://blogs.denverpost.com/library/category/cars/

More pictures of this pace car can be seen in reply #81 on page six and reply #91 on page seven of this thread.
259  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1967 Trans-Am season review on: November 08, 2013, 11:30:38 PM
While it was produced by Mercury and obviously focused on the Bud Moore Cougar race team, the documentary entitled "Cougar Caper" is a must watch for anyone interested in seeing color film footage of the 1967 Trans Am season.  Races covered in depth include Daytona, Sebring, Green Valley, Marlboro and Kent

Part One: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Epz2Ari5SEM

Part Two: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVp5LZN-ksk

Part Three: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TexJQfWCM1Q

I took a couple of shots of some of the Camaros that appear throughout the film while the footage was paused.  (These are from Daytona in Part One)
260  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Trans Am racing pace car pics...are there any? on: November 08, 2013, 10:56:59 PM
While watching the Mercury produced 1967 Trans Am season retrospective entitled "Cougar Caper" on Youtube I noticed that a 1967 Shelby Mustang was used as the pace car for the 1967 Kent 300 Trans Am race at Pacific Raceways in Kent, Washington on October 8, 1967.  I am not sure if it is a GT 350 or GT 500 because you can only see the car from the front but it does seem odd to me that they would still be using a 1967 model year car to pace a race that took place in October of 1967.  By this late date the 1968 model year cars would have been available to the public for several months.  You can see the Shelby on the pace lap from 0:22 to 0:37 in the following footage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TexJQfWCM1Q

I took a photo with my digital camera while the footage was paused.
261  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1967 Trans-Am season review on: November 05, 2013, 05:56:14 PM
I believe this last picture is an interior shot of the Penske Camaro driven by Mark Donohue at the 1967 Green Valley Trans Am race.  Notice that it says "THINK" in the middle.

Click on the link below to see a larger and clearer version of the picture.

http://thehenryford.artehouse.com/perl/magnify_popup.pl?imageID=95024&staticImage=C&ckon=image&alt=0
262  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1967 Trans-Am season review on: November 05, 2013, 05:53:31 PM
Here are four more pictures featuring the #16 Camaro driven by Mark Donohue at the 1967 Green Valley Trans Am race weekend.  They were probably taken during practice.

Click on the corresponding link to see a larger and clearer version of each picture.

1st: http://thehenryford.artehouse.com/perl/magnify_popup.pl?imageID=94909&staticImage=C&ckon=image&alt=0
2nd: http://thehenryford.artehouse.com/perl/magnify_popup.pl?imageID=95026&staticImage=C&ckon=image&alt=0
3rd: http://thehenryford.artehouse.com/perl/magnify_popup.pl?imageID=95042&staticImage=C&ckon=image&alt=0
4th: http://thehenryford.artehouse.com/perl/magnify_popup.pl?imageID=95029&staticImage=C&ckon=image&alt=0
263  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1967 Trans-Am season review on: November 05, 2013, 05:49:05 PM
These four pictures feature the #16 Camaro driven by Mark Donohue at the 1967 Green Valley Trans Am race.  He finished in fourth place, six laps down to the winner Dan Gurney.

Click on the corresponding link to see a larger and clearer version of each picture.

1st: http://thehenryford.artehouse.com/perl/magnify_popup.pl?imageID=94869&staticImage=C&ckon=image&alt=0
2nd: http://thehenryford.artehouse.com/perl/magnify_popup.pl?imageID=95084&staticImage=C&ckon=image&alt=0
3rd: http://thehenryford.artehouse.com/perl/magnify_popup.pl?imageID=95102&staticImage=C&ckon=image&alt=0
4th: http://thehenryford.artehouse.com/perl/magnify_popup.pl?imageID=95117&staticImage=C&ckon=image&alt=0

264  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1967 Trans-Am season review on: November 05, 2013, 05:40:51 PM
The first two pictures in this post are the only two pictures that feature the #54 Camaro driven by Charlie Kolb during the 1967 Green Valley Trans Am race.  Unfortunately, he also did not finsh the race.  His Camaro retired after completing 89 laps.

The third picture is an ineresting one that shows the Shelby team "Race Assistance" Ford van and trailer.  The fourth picture shows the Firestone Tire set up in the paddock.

Click on the corresponding link to see a larger and clearer version of each picture.

1st: http://thehenryford.artehouse.com/perl/magnify_popup.pl?imageID=95025&staticImage=C&ckon=image&alt=0
2nd: http://thehenryford.artehouse.com/perl/magnify_popup.pl?imageID=95068&staticImage=C&ckon=image&alt=0
3rd: http://thehenryford.artehouse.com/perl/magnify_popup.pl?imageID=94918&staticImage=C&ckon=image&alt=0
4th: http://thehenryford.artehouse.com/perl/magnify_popup.pl?imageID=94913&staticImage=C&ckon=image&alt=0
265  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1967 Trans-Am season review on: November 05, 2013, 05:29:35 PM
These four pictures feature the #3 Camaro driven by Craig Fisher at the 1967 Green Valley Trans Am race.  He did not finish the race.  He retired his Camaro on the 115th lap.

Click on the corresponding link to see a larger and clearer version of each picture.

1st: http://thehenryford.artehouse.com/perl/magnify_popup.pl?imageID=94873&staticImage=C&ckon=image&alt=0
2nd: http://thehenryford.artehouse.com/perl/magnify_popup.pl?imageID=95003&staticImage=C&ckon=image&alt=0
3rd: http://thehenryford.artehouse.com/perl/magnify_popup.pl?imageID=95118&staticImage=C&ckon=image&alt=0
4th: http://thehenryford.artehouse.com/perl/magnify_popup.pl?imageID=95128&staticImage=C&ckon=image&alt=0
266  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1967 Trans-Am season review on: November 05, 2013, 05:22:47 PM
Dave Friedman took over 400 photos of the 1967 Green Valley 300 Trans Am race held at Green Valley Raceway, Smithfield, Texas on April 16, 1967.  The pictures are part of the Dave Friedman Collection at The Henry Ford.  You can see all of them here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/thehenryford/sets/72157631175084150/  Click on this link to see many fabulous pictures of the Mustangs, Cougars, Darts, Porsches, Alfas, Minis, and Cortinas that participated along with four Camaros.  There are also several color photos that can be seen on the bottom of page five and all of page 6.  Enjoy!

I am posting a few of the best pictures of each of the four participating Camaros.  Enjoy!  Click on the corresponding link to see a larger and clearer version of each picture.

These four pictures feature the #75 Camaro driven by Vic Campbell.  He was running at the end of the race and finished 15th. 

1st: http://thehenryford.artehouse.com/perl/magnify_popup.pl?imageID=94883&staticImage=C&ckon=image&alt=0
2nd: http://thehenryford.artehouse.com/perl/magnify_popup.pl?imageID=95089&staticImage=C&ckon=image&alt=0
3rd: http://thehenryford.artehouse.com/perl/magnify_popup.pl?imageID=95100&staticImage=C&ckon=image&alt=0
4th: http://thehenryford.artehouse.com/perl/magnify_popup.pl?imageID=95114&staticImage=C&ckon=image&alt=0


267  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Trans Am racing pace car pics...are there any? on: November 02, 2013, 08:35:10 AM
I agree, they must be two different cars. But I don't think they pulled the backlight and were sitting on the package tray. The guy seems to be too far off to the side for that. Maybe they pulled the trunklid and he's standing in the trunk.

MO, good point.  Removing the trunk lid would probably also be much easier than removing the rear window.
268  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Trans Am racing pace car pics...are there any? on: November 01, 2013, 02:49:34 PM
Hmmm,  I'm not familiar with the museum donation info, could be true, I suppose.  But at the 55 second point in the video, the guy in the back of the car is clearly OUTSIDE of it....pretty sure there weren't two of those cars built.   Strange.

klvn8r


Agreed!.  It is strange.  I just think they must have removed the back window of a stock AMX and the guy just sat, kneeled or rested his feet on the little shelf behind the seats. 

The fact that the car appeared as a pace car at Road America (picture in reply #49 on page four) in its red with black paint job just two weeks after the 1969 Donnybrooke Trans Am event also demnostrates that the AMX with Go Pack stripes that paced the Donnybrooke Trans Am race could not be the AMX-R.  There is no way they would have painted the car a different color for the Donnybrooke Trans Am race, then paint it again in its original paint scheme for another event just two weeks later.  Also I think you would be able to see the back part of the ramble seat through the windshield in the movie footage and the color shot in reply #141 because it stuck up so much in its open position, but it does not appear to be there (see 2nd picture in this post that shows ramble seat in up position).  The top of the seat is almost even with the roof, blocking visibility behind it.  These two things are the evidence that to me really proves they are two different cars. 

Looking at all the evidence again, I just noticed that the Donnybrooke pace car has different wheels than the picture of the AMX-R at Road America two weeks later (although these could be changed easily) and the special hood on the AMX-R does not appear on the Donnybrooke pace car.     
269  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Trans Am racing pace car pics...are there any? on: November 01, 2013, 11:27:05 AM
That would be the Jeffords AMX-R  (Ramble seat where the trunk was).  Notice the photogs in back. 

klvn8r

klvn8r,  I don't think it is the same car.  See my posts #32 through #36 on page three of this thread and #49 on page four for further info and reasoning.
270  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Trans Am racing pace car pics...are there any? on: October 28, 2013, 04:27:44 PM
Here is a cool shot that was captured from the original movie footage of the 1969 Trans Am race held at Donnybrooke Internaitonal Speedway, Brainerd, Minnesotta on July 6, 1969.  In it you can see the 1969 AMC AMX that was used to pace the race.  I found the picture on the Historic Trans Am Racing Enthusiasts web site: https://plus.google.com/communities/113063570193846187414/stream/c820c43a-df9a-4c4e-9636-f217468f76f1

The second picture was taken by Pete Lyons and it shows the same 1969 AMC AMX pacing the Formula 5000 cars through some speedy dry in their race at Donnybrooke a little over a month later on August 10, 1969.  See a larger version of the picture here: http://petelyons.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/F5000-1969/G0000OP_LhWFuAtk/I0000Xlk8Mp5rxZ8/C0000kmuffHpLUlo

You can see more pics and the link to the movie footage in replies #35 & 36 on page three of this thread.
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