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31  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Trans Am racing pace car pics...are there any? on: August 07, 2014, 10:20:42 PM
Even though it is not a Camaro it is still a cool picture.  It does have some connection to the 1970 Trans Am season since Penske/Donohue used the race to test their new Javelins so it fits into this thread just fine!  That is definitely the 1970 24 hours of Daytona and it is a 1970 Ford Torino GT convertible.  Just like in 1969 with the Camaro, NASCAR had Ford build them 9 to 12 1970 Torino GT's (both convertible and fastback) to be used at the major NASCAR races for the late part of the 1969 season as well as 1970.  Here are a few more vintage pictures of the cars.

The first one shows the same car pacing the 24 hours of Daytona. 

The second one shows two of the cars used by the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The third one shows one of the North Wilkesboro Speedway cars as it looks today.
32  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Trans Am racing pace car pics...are there any? on: July 24, 2014, 01:35:47 PM
Three more images of the 1968 Camaro RS/SS convertible that paced the 1968 24 Hours of Daytona.

The caption from the first picture states, "Daytona Beach, FL - February 4, 1968: A Huge crowd gathers around the winning factory Porsche 907's in victory lane following their 1-2-3 finish in the 24 Hours of Daytona at Daytona International Speedway."    It can be found here:  http://www.gettyimages.com/det...news-photo/112303797

The second and third pictures came from The Dave Friedman Collection at The Henry Ford.  They show the drivers of the winning Porsche 907. They were Vic Elford (middle), Rolf Stommelen (right) and Jochn Neerpasch (left).

A larger and clearer version of the second picture can be found here: http://thehenryford.artehouse.com/perl/magnify_popup.pl?imageID=91635&staticImage=C&ckon=image&alt=0

A larger and clearer version of the third picture can be found here: http://thehenryford.artehouse.com/perl/magnify_popup.pl?imageID=91634&staticImage=C&ckon=image&alt=0
33  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Trans Am racing pace car pics...are there any? on: July 24, 2014, 01:22:35 PM
Here is another picture of the 1968 Camaro RS/SS convertible that paced the 1968 24 Hours of Daytona and was driven by James Garner.  I found it at the Revs Digital Library. More info and magnification tools can be found here: https://revslib.stanford.edu/catalog/bj357nm1460  Check out the body roll as it leaves the infield road course and heads onto NASCAR turn one.
34  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Trans Am racing pace car pics...are there any? on: July 23, 2014, 09:39:56 AM
A member of the Camaro Pace Car site alerted me to this photo from a Road & Track article of James Garner sitting in the 1968 Camaro RS/SS convertible used to pace the 24 Hours of Daytona on February 3/4, 1968.  He not only paced this race in 1968 but he was also a three time pace car driver for the Indy 500 (1975, 1977 & 1985).  He was not only a great actor, starring in one of the best racing films of all time, Grand Prix in 1966, but he was also an amateur race car driver, race team owner, and all around racing enthusiast and cool guy.  RIP James Garner.  

Other pictures of the 1968 Camaro can be found on page one of this thread in replies #12 & #13 as well as page six, reply #77.

The first picture came from the following link via Getty Images: http://www.roadandtrack.com/go/car-culture/james-garner-dies-at-age-86

The second picture shows him in the 1975 Buick Indy 500 Pace Car and the third picture shows him standing with the 1977 Oldsmobile Indy 500 pace car.
 
35  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Gorries Black Panther Camaro on: July 02, 2014, 08:17:13 AM
Great stuff on a little known Camaro.  That is why I love this site.  Thanks Jon and Mike!
36  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Car & Driver Blue Maxi Camaro on: July 02, 2014, 08:13:31 AM

Thanks Jon and Mike (group/7) for posting the scans of the original articles.  I had seen and read a copy of the 2nd article before but I had never seen the first.  Love the psychedelic photos of the car!  Interesting to note that the car was used as a "course car" at Bridgehampton during a driving school.  I also noticed that the Super Chevy article states, "when it went to Penske and they built it, they put rally-car brakes on the front so they could use it as a pace car for rallying and stuff."

 
37  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Trans Am racing pace car pics...are there any? on: July 02, 2014, 06:36:43 AM
Fantastic photos Jon!  Two for one, a Trans Am driver driving a Camaro Pace Car.  How cool is that.  Thanks for posting these from the Robert Lodewyk Collection. 

Additional pictures of this Camaro pace car appear on page two, replies #28 and #29; page seven, replies #99 and #100; page nine, reply #121 and page twelve, reply #176.
38  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / 1971 Road America Trans Am Color Photographs on: April 30, 2014, 11:14:23 PM
I just ran across this collection of color photographs taken by Richard A. Reeves at the Trans Am races at Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin on July 17, 1971.  The pictures were posted on Flickr.  Click on the following link to see the 30 photographs: https://www.flickr.com/photos/vintageracepics70/sets/72157632790539418  Sorry if this is a re-post.  I don't recall seeing them before.

The first picture in the second row is backwards.  That is the run up to the Corvette bridge after turn five.  The first three are correct.
39  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Historic Trans Am Events 2014 on: April 30, 2014, 12:50:11 PM
I know they are not coming this year but does anyone know if they will be coming back out to the Midwest in the future?  I'd love to see them back at Road America again or perhaps Mid-Ohio.
40  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Trans Am racing pace car pics...are there any? on: April 10, 2014, 03:33:32 PM
Here is a picture from gettyimages.com that shows the dark colored 1967 Ford Galaxie 500 that was used to pace the 1967 Daytona 24 hour Continental at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona, Florida on February 4, 1967 parked next to the tech inspection line.  The picture was taken a few weeks later during the lead up to the Daytona 500 Nascar Grand National race.  You can see the Galaxie in the background as the Ford of A.J. Foyt goes through tech inspection.  The metadata on the photo states, "FEBRUARY 27: Daytona 500 NASCAR A.J. Foyt's Ford Fairlane getting inspected before the race. (Photo by Bob D'Olivo/Source. Interlink Media/Getty Images)" 

See more info, pictures, and footage showing the Galaxie on page twelve of this thread, replies #170 and 171 as well as page thirteen, reply #185.

I found the picture here: http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/daytona-500-nascar-a-j-foyts-ford-fairlane-getting-news-photo/155882828
41  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Trans Am racing pace car pics...are there any? on: April 10, 2014, 10:42:42 AM
Here is a picture of the 1968 Mercury Cougar used to pace the Lime Rock 3-Hour Trans Am race, Lime Rock Park, Lime Rock, Connecticut on May 30, 1968.  Additional color pictures of the light blue car can be seen on page nine of this thread, Reply #124.

I found it at the Revs Digital Library.  More info and magnification tools for this picture can be found here: https://revslib.stanford.edu/catalog/xp313kx6020
42  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Trans Am racing pace car pics...are there any? on: April 10, 2014, 10:34:27 AM
Scott, thanks for your diligent work in trying to document the various pace cars for all the different T/A races.

Your welcome Jon.
43  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Trans Am racing pace car pics...are there any? on: April 09, 2014, 09:31:57 PM
Here are a couple more pictures featuring the 1967 or 1968 Toyota 2000GT that was used to pace the Trans Am race at Bridgehampton Race Circuit, Bridgehampton, New York on June 23, 1968.  More info and a color picture of the red Toyota can be seen on page twelve of this thread, post #172.

Additional info and magnification tools for the pictures can be found here:
1) https://revslib.stanford.edu/catalog/tz713fc1753
2) https://revslib.stanford.edu/catalog/ng834tr6248
44  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Trans Am racing pace car pics...are there any? on: April 07, 2014, 05:01:11 PM
While searching through the Revs Digital Library I found a picture that demonstrates that a 1969 Shelby GT500 convertible was used as the pace car for the Herald-Traveler Challenge Trophy or Bryar 200 Trans Am race at Bryar Motorsport Park in Loudon, New Hampshire on July 20, 1969.   The Shelby can be seen above the Penske Camaro in the first picture.  More info and magnification tools for this photo can be seen here: https://revslib.stanford.edu/catalog/pt383bb3005

The second picture from the Revs Digital Library shows that a 1969 Camaro RS/SS Indy Pace Car convertible was also used in some capacity during the race.  The picture shows the car, with aftermarket wheels, parked with a bunch of Mustangs.  Notice the "Bryar 200" decal on the front fender.  More info and magnification tools for this photo can be seen here: https://revslib.stanford.edu/catalog/bh063ss7943

The 1969 RS/SS Indy Pace Car convertible used by the track can be seen parked between the two trucks behind the row of Mustangs in the third photo if you click on the following link to magnify it using the tools provided there: https://revslib.stanford.edu/catalog/ch527qz9749
45  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Trans Am racing pace car pics...are there any? on: April 07, 2014, 04:37:36 PM
Here are some more pictures of the 1968 Camaro RS convertible that paced the Trans Am race at Mid Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio on June 11, 1967. They were taken from a program produced by Sunoco in 1969 that chronicled the previous years Trans Am championship and the 1969 Daytona 24 hour race. I paused the film and took the shots with my digital camera.

Steve Shauger posted the footage on Youtube and let us know about them in his thread on this web site entitled, "1968 Trans Am Series Videos Penske Racing."

See the Mid Ohio segment here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHuP24D1JB8    The Camaro pace car can be seen between 0:46 and 0:50 on the pace lap.

See more pictures of the Camaro in Reply #71 on page five and Reply #180 on page thirteen of this thread.

I just noticed that I mis-typed the date for the race pictures in Reply #188.  It should be 1968 not 1967.  Sorry about that.
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