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1  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / A 1967 Camaro in the 2015 Heritage Touring Cup Championship on: December 08, 2014, 10:42:05 AM
You have followed our first races in vintage racing with our 1967 Camaro in 2014.
I am very happy to announce that we will be part of the 2015 Heritage Touring Cup Championship which is now an FIA sanctioned International event. See details here : http://peterauto.peter.fr/en/plateaux/detail/id/37/nom/HERITAGE%20Touring%20cup

Two new rounds will take place in Italy with Vallelunga in March and the iconic and very fast Monza in July.

I will keep you updated on our results.

Just one shot of the lat 2014 round :
 
2  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: FIA homologation : 1st gen Camaro in Trans-Am and International racing 1968-72 on: October 17, 2014, 10:30:31 AM
Here is a link to a small vid. Press the HD button for a better quality.
https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=554771057988162&set=vb.554002778064990&type=2&theater

3  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: FIA homologation : 1st gen Camaro in Trans-Am and International racing 1968-72 on: October 16, 2014, 11:01:57 AM
You can follow our humble team "French Speed Connection" on our new Facebook pages. I'll post lots of pictures and few vids.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/French-Speed-Connection/554002778064990

4  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: FIA homologation : 1st gen Camaro in Trans-Am and International racing 1968-72 on: October 15, 2014, 01:21:36 AM
The Paul Ricard has been fully redone when Bernie Ecclestone bought it in 1999. The goal was to make the most sophisticated track in the world in terms of security, hence the run-off space with blue and red stripes. These stripes are made of special material that slow down cars running on them. The blue slows you down, the red stops you and can damage your tires.
The track reopened to the public only in 1998. Superb !
5  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: FIA homologation : 1st gen Camaro in Trans-Am and International racing 1968-72 on: October 12, 2014, 11:46:36 AM
Many thanks. I will keep you posted when the 2015 season begins.
6  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: FIA homologation : 1st gen Camaro in Trans-Am and International racing 1968-72 on: October 10, 2014, 02:27:13 AM
I was curious, what do your competitors think about having to race against your old American V8 car?
I did not have any direct comments but as usual they might think an american car is heavy and  not sophisticated so that it does not handle and brake. We have been very pleased about the handling ourselves even if braking is still the weak point. That said the leading cars in our championship are untouchable, particularly the ex.works Ford Capri GAA with quad cam 3.4  v6 Cosworth with 440 HP for 970 Kg. The fastest BMW are also untouchable, you can really feel the difference in terms of handling and braking. But we feel with we still have a margin of improvement both on the car and on the driving, so we hope to climb a little in the classification next year. But a 6th O.A and 2nd in performance index is already an achievement for us for the first year.
7  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: FIA homologation : 1st gen Camaro in Trans-Am and International racing 1968-72 on: October 09, 2014, 12:00:09 PM
Camaro Art !
8  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: FIA homologation : 1st gen Camaro in Trans-Am and International racing 1968-72 on: October 09, 2014, 11:53:58 AM
Last ones
9  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: FIA homologation : 1st gen Camaro in Trans-Am and International racing 1968-72 on: October 09, 2014, 11:51:05 AM
Nice track, nice scenery
10  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: FIA homologation : 1st gen Camaro in Trans-Am and International racing 1968-72 on: October 09, 2014, 11:47:34 AM
On the slowest corner of the track, just before the pit straight, we had to get down to 1st gear, hence some sliding issue (Well is that an issue ?)
11  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: FIA homologation : 1st gen Camaro in Trans-Am and International racing 1968-72 on: October 09, 2014, 11:45:41 AM
Warm lap and first lap
12  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: FIA homologation : 1st gen Camaro in Trans-Am and International racing 1968-72 on: October 09, 2014, 11:43:16 AM
Well, our Heritage Touring Cup championship is over. The last race took place last week-end on the fabulous circuit Paul Ricard (Le Castellet) on the french Riviera.

The Camaro was very difficult in practice, lots of understeer, on the fastest track of the season with big braking and very slow corners following huge straights.
Our mechanics (thanks Pascal) did setup the front end for the qualifying, and it was a whole different story. The car did handle much better and we qualified 7th. On the long straight the V8 power was a delight, making of our car the fastest in acceleration, but remember we were one of the oldest on the grid, and therefore braking and chassis were far from what our competitors on BMW CSL grpup 2 and 635 group A had to deal with !

After an epic race, battling to keep our place, lots of mistakes and rewarding driving, we finally finished 6th O.A. In what I thought was the last lap, an ex.24 hours of Spa BMW 635 Csi (less powerfull but much more agile) put some pressure on me and finally passed on the last corner. Thank to the V8 I managed to pass him again just before the finish line. But I did not realized that there was no chequered flag ! There was in fact another lap to go and the BMW passed me again finishing 5th.

Last but not least we had the pleasure to earn we were 2nd on the performance index (calculated taking into account parameters such as year of the car, displacement, ...). So we won our first trophy !

Few pictures to follow. We have learned a lot of the car and can't wait to battle again next year. The Camaro is a pure delight to drive.
13  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Racing shock absorbers on: August 25, 2014, 08:10:50 AM
Sorry for the late reply on an old thread.

If the Koni double adjustable seemed to be the one to use in Trans-Am back in the days, what about today ?
In your opinion what is the best front shock to use today (TA legal) ?

Eric
14  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: FIA homologation : 1st gen Camaro in Trans-Am and International racing 1968-72 on: June 13, 2014, 09:26:16 AM
It seems that if you have to run against cars that are racing on slicks, there shouldn't be a problem with them letting you run with aftermarket calipers like the kind offered back in the early '70s (Girlings, Hurst-Airheart, etc). This was legal in Trans-Am beginning in the 1970 season.

Jon,
what type of Girling calipers where used back in 1970 ? Would you have any period picture of these calipers, preferably in international racing (I might ask too much, I know :-) )

15  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: FIA homologation : 1st gen Camaro in Trans-Am and International racing 1968-72 on: June 13, 2014, 01:54:56 AM
Thanks for the info, Jon. Unfortunately the only brake calipers that are homologated are the Delco Morraine.
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