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526  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Trans Am racing pace car pics...are there any? on: December 17, 2012, 04:48:01 PM
The next three posts contain pictures of the Dover White 1969 Chevy Camaro SS 396/RS convertible that was apparently used to pace the Wolverine Trans Am race at Michigan International Speedway, Irish Hills, Michigan on May 11, 1969.  You can see that the top is up because it was such a cold and rainy day.  I say apparently because this is one of the ten 1969 Camaros purchased by Nascar to be used for pacing duties during Nascar events and the photo doesn't actually show it on the first lap.  I found the picture in an article in the June 2000 edition of Mustang Monthly Magazine and it is entitled, "Racing Legends: Jones and Follmer Speak Up and Out." I used my digital camera because my scanner isn't working.

527  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1968 Trans Am No. 7 Meadowdale International Raceway (July 7, 1968) on: December 17, 2012, 02:08:13 PM
Mike, yes to both of your questions. Here's a shot of the pace lap from Meadowdale taken by Pete Luongo.
Unfortunately the pace car isn't in the photo.



Jon, thanks for the great additions.  It seems that most of the pics taken of Trans Am pace laps, no matter what track, seem to only focus on the race cars.  It seems that the only pace cars that are well documented with lots of photos are the Indy 500 pace cars.  That's why I get excited when a picture of any pace car from that time period surfaces.  The article stated that 25,000 people were at the race despite a rain storm early in the day.  I wonder how many of these people have pics or slides of the race just waiting to be discovered.  This notion applies to all the Trans Am races between 1966-1972!     
528  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Trans Am racing pace car pics...are there any? on: December 17, 2012, 01:54:56 PM
Cool photo Jon, I had not seen that one before.
529  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Trans Am racing pace car pics...are there any? on: December 16, 2012, 12:09:49 PM
While this is not a Trans Am race the attached photo shows the same 1968 Jeffords AMX-R that either paced the 1968 Trans Am race or was part of the pace lap along with the white 1968 AMX shown in the earlier posts.  This picture shows the car pacing the Formula B cars at Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin on July 20, 1969.  This was a support race for the Formula 5000 Continental Championship, so it probably paced the three separate heats that were run for those cars as well.  I found it on page 67 of my book on the history of Road America entitled, "Road America: Celebrating 50 Years of Road Racing" by Tom Schultz.  You can see a flagman in the rumble seat in the yellow shirt.  Since the Hemmings article about this car in an earlier post states that Jeffords donated the AMX-R to the Brooks Stevens Museum in 1969, it must have been sometime after July 20th.  This also proves that this car did not pace the 1969 Donnybrooke Trans Am race on July 6, 1969 since it still looks the same as it did in 1968 and that Trans Am race was only 2 weeks before the pictured race took place.   
530  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1968 Trans Am No. 7 Meadowdale International Raceway (July 7, 1968) on: December 16, 2012, 02:42:46 AM
Here is a picture of the ticket for the 1968 Meadowdale Trans Am.  It came from a web site promoting the new book about the racetrack entitled, "The Midwest Motorsport Legend - Meadowdale Raceways."  See it here: http://www.aleopublications.com/html/mdwdale_raceways.html
531  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1968 Trans Am No. 7 Meadowdale International Raceway (July 7, 1968) on: December 16, 2012, 02:16:02 AM
This from Rich Hayhurst
532  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1968 Trans Am No. 7 Meadowdale International Raceway (July 7, 1968) on: December 16, 2012, 02:07:53 AM
This from Rich Hayhurst
533  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1968 Trans Am No. 7 Meadowdale International Raceway (July 7, 1968) on: December 16, 2012, 02:07:21 AM
This from Rich Hayhurst
534  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1968 Trans Am No. 7 Meadowdale International Raceway (July 7, 1968) on: December 16, 2012, 02:06:52 AM
This from Rich Hayhurst
535  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1968 Trans Am No. 7 Meadowdale International Raceway (July 7, 1968) on: December 16, 2012, 02:04:17 AM
one more from Ronald Spannraft

536  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1968 Trans Am No. 7 Meadowdale International Raceway (July 7, 1968) on: December 16, 2012, 02:02:22 AM
More from Ronald Spannraft

537  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1968 Trans Am No. 7 Meadowdale International Raceway (July 7, 1968) on: December 16, 2012, 01:58:20 AM
More from Ronald Spannraft

In the 2nd photo, you can see the 1968 Jeffords AMX-R that I mentioned earlier in this thread.  It is parked behind the guardrail, directly above the roof of the Firebird.

The third photo shows some of the spectators that wore their red, white and blue AMC racing jackets just like the article, "Titanic Tie-In," mentioned.
538  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1968 Trans Am No. 7 Meadowdale International Raceway (July 7, 1968) on: December 16, 2012, 01:54:48 AM
I just tried to go back to the Meadowdale International Raceway Preservation Association Facebook page to look at the pics I mentioned when I created this thread a few days ago but now the photos uploaded in 2010 are inaccessible for some reason.  You can still get to them by using the right arrow after you click the last photo in the 2011 section but that takes forever, so I decided to post them here.  Ronald Spannraft posted all of the color photos and Rich Hayhurst posted the 4 black and white photos.
539  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1968 Trans Am No. 7 Meadowdale International Raceway (July 7, 1968) on: December 16, 2012, 12:51:28 AM
Here are two pics I posted in the Trans Am Pace Car thread but they should also be here.  The first is a picture of a 1968 AMX that is decaled as the pace car for the Meadowdale Trans Am race but I am still trying to figure out if this was the pace car or if it was the AMX-R with the rumble seat mentioned and shown in a photo earlier in this thread.  The second item is an article about how AMC used the Pace Car and 100 replica Javeilns to promote their products at the racetrack and during the days leading up to the race.  I found both pics on the internet at: http://www.planethoustonamx.com/stuff/badger-javelin.htm  Interesting to note that the car is an AMX but it says JAVELIN in big letters on the side!  Presumably to support the race cars.  The strange thing is that the article states that the AM dealers in the Chicagoland area were "successful in getting a commitment from the Meadowdale Raceways officials to have a white Javelin (with black rally stripes and decals) selected as the "Official Pace Car" for the race."  Did the writer mean to write white "AMX" or was there an actual Javelin pace car.  Does anyone have any information or pictures of the pace lap??
540  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Websites that might be of interest to us on: December 15, 2012, 03:56:28 PM
I just stumbled across a web site for the Speed Merchants that sells an interesting poster that includes the major 1970 Trans Am participants for $25 and several original color photographs from the 1970 and 1971 Trans Am seasons.  They also sell  other racing photos and items.  The Trans Am items are available here: http://www.autosportsltd.com/?s=trans+am&post_type=product 
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