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16  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Sam Posey ..... Racing Legened or unsung Hero ?? on: May 05, 2014, 09:04:12 PM
 Mike great summary.
        
                Glad to see that I am not the only person on this forum who is a big fan of Sam Posey ......... Back in the day I too enjoyed reading Sam's articles in the Automotive publications. I always enjoyed his articulate eloquent writing style.  One of my favorite Posey articles revolved around his close relationship with his mother and how whenever she attended one of his races he would he would station her on the slowest possible corner so she wouldn't get too stressed out.
   
AL
  
17  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Sam Posey ..... Racing Legened or unsung Hero ?? on: May 04, 2014, 08:18:24 PM
Sam Posey has to be one of the most interesting characters to ever climb behind the wheel of a Trans-Am car....... Not only was he a talented driver but he later went on to become a sports broadcaster and journalist. Sam has a very eloquent way with words and he really knows how to tell a story.
Unfortunately Sam now suffers from Parkinson's Disease but he seems to be coping with his condition and hopefully he will for a long time to come.

AL
18  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Trans-Am cheating fact or fiction ??? on: May 04, 2014, 07:13:45 PM
We never made it to post race inspection but I am fairly sure spare tires would not have been part of the process.

AL
19  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Trans-Am cheating fact or fiction ??? on: May 03, 2014, 09:10:09 PM
Trans-Am cars did not run with spare tires but rumor has it that some teams would change to tires that were filled with water for post race inspection and apparently George Follmer had a helmet full of lead that a crewman would substitute for the real one at the end of the race ...

AL
20  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Roy Woods Racing, California Trans-Am racers on: April 18, 2014, 09:13:45 PM
Great stuff Jon,
 RWR was quite an operation I wonder what their source of funding was?? Somebody must have had some pretty deep pockets........... I especially liked their double deck transporter, that was one cool unit.

AL
21  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Favorite Independent Trans-Am Driver ??? on: April 15, 2014, 07:43:02 PM
I like your pick Milt was an awesome driver .......

AL
22  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Trans-Am cheating fact or fiction ??? on: April 07, 2014, 07:53:14 PM
       Looking forward and in light fact that the Smokey car is probably worth north of $1,000,000 today ..... It might not have been a bad investment.
23  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Favorite Independent Trans-Am Driver ??? on: April 04, 2014, 06:53:40 PM
              Yes we were lucky and as your image clearly shows the weather that day was atrocious, but  unfortunately we were pitted at far end front straight so we had front row seats to Bobs numerous off track excursions.
   
      Next to Bobs driving for me the other high-lite that weekend getting to meet Chris Economaki  "The Dean of American Motorsports." ......... Chris was the track announcer that weekend and he made it a point to take the time to introduce himself to all the teams that were racing that weekend, which I thought as a very thoughtful gesture.

AL
24  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: The Inside Story of Campaigning an Independent 67 Camaro in the Trans Am on: April 04, 2014, 03:08:47 PM
     Yes the conditions at Sanair were far from ideal but like a famous riverboat gambler once said " it was the only game in town"

AL
25  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Favorite Independent Trans-Am Driver ??? on: April 04, 2014, 02:55:39 PM
      Yes I think your right Bob that was the day where I pulled you aside before the start of the race to explain  that  the check I had written to Goodyear for new rain tires wouldn't clear unless we did well in race ............ Anyway our little chat must have worked because that day you had an awesome drive in very nasty conditions .

AL
26  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: The Inside Story of Campaigning an Independent 67 Camaro in the Trans Am on: April 03, 2014, 06:01:36 PM
           Sanair was a Dragstrip with a Mickey Mouse road course with tacked on, it was right up there with MIS as one of my least favorite tracks on the circuit........... Instead of Armco barriers they used chain link fencing so by the end of the race the track looked like scrap yard for galvanized metal.
   I really liked racing at St. Jovite but with the drop in attendance they had to move the race to a different venue.

AL
27  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Favorite Independent Trans-Am Driver ??? on: April 03, 2014, 05:43:28 PM
                      Hey Bob how would you know you were too busy backing down escape roads to see what was happening on the track (LOL) !!!
28  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: The Inside Story of Campaigning an Independent 67 Camaro in the Trans Am on: April 02, 2014, 10:12:46 AM
       Mo was General Manager at Central Chevrolet in the late 50s in 1962 he moved on to Leavans Motors where I was working as an apprentice mechanic.......... I think it was around this time that he started rally racing in a Corvair Monza, and the story going around the garage was that once while leading in a big Rally out West he put the lit end of a cigar in his mouth and crashed.

         My next introduction to Mo was at the 12 HR. race at Sebring in 1969, Mo was pitting next to us  and went out early with engine problems. We were having our own problems during the race as one of our drivers Rick Stevens was suffering from heat stroke and was unable to continue on. Mo hearing about our problems came over and generously offered to co/drive the rest of the race with Robert Barg our lead driver................ Not knowing MO'S reputation to me this sounded like a good idea but I thought that I should run it by Bob first and so on the next pit stop I mentioned MO's offer to Bob who proceeded to roll his eyes and look at me like I was crazy . Anyway Bob was the Iron man that day and he soldiered on by himself and posted a great finish.
  
                Later that year at a Trans-Am race at Bryar I was able to help Mo secure a strong finish...... About halfway through the race something happened to Mo's clutch and once again he was pitting next to us so as Mo who was in the process of undoing his belts I wandered over and to see what going on with the car. Mo explained that he was unable to shift gears  so I suggested to him that if he put the car in 3rd. gear and crank it over on the starter perhaps he could solider on and at least finish the race. Miraculously he was able to restart the engine with the transmission in gear and he ended up with a respectable finish............... I hate to think what RPMs the engine was turning on the short straightaway but it hung in and after the race Mo came over and shook my hand thanking me for helping him finish.  

        My scariest Mo moment came at a Trans-AM race at Sanair around 1972 ..........Mo who was running up front and out of control as usual somehow manged spin out on the front straight and get T boned in the drivers door. The crash was probably the most violent that I have ever witnessed in my life and I thought for sure that Mo had bought the farm that day but miraculously they were able to pry him out of the car and he somehow managed to survive the incident.

  
29  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: The Inside Story of Campaigning an Independent 67 Camaro in the Trans Am on: April 01, 2014, 11:17:46 PM
   Jon, I had made some contacts with GM Canada when I was working for a Chev/Olds dealership in Toronto in fact Mo Carter was the general manager there before he acquired his own dealership in Hamilton .............. Anyway my GM contacts were able to help me out in a somewhat limited way with whatever they could.
         
      However I have heard rumors of GM engineers handing out small parts like carburetor jets axle shafts and such at the track but they never approached me with any goodies but I do remember Mark Donohue burning out his ignition wiring harness at Mid Ohio and would you believe I was the only one at the track with a spare harness. I was expecting Roger to come over to pick it up but he used Mark Schwein as an intermediary instead........Come to think of it I never got paid for that part.
30  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Favorite Independent Trans-Am Driver ??? on: April 01, 2014, 09:25:01 PM
  Jon, That is a pretty stout group of drivers you have there....... Mo Carter was probably the biggest character on your list, Sam Posey once wrote in a magazine article that he looked like a bank manager till he got behind the wheel then he turned into an animal . One of my crew went on to work for Mo and told me about a race out west where Mo had a coolant leak and drove the car till the $20,000 ZL1 aluminum block melted rather come in for water....... In my opinion Mo was a charter member of the more money than brains club.
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