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« on: January 13, 2013, 05:44:22 PM »

Does anyone know if this is an ex-trans am Camaro?  This picture was taken at the 24 hour Pepsi Challenge at Daytona International Speedway on February 3, 1980.  I found the picture at Getty Images.  The caption states, "This Chevrolet Camaro was driven in the 24 Hour Pepsi Challenge at Daytona International Speedway by Dick Neland, Bill Ferran and Joe Cotrone. The team dropped out of the race after completing 270 laps." (Photo by ISC Images & Archives via Getty Images)  The picture can be seen here: http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/february-3-1980-this-chevrolet-camaro-was-driven-in-the-24-news-photo/155717880
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« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2013, 06:30:54 PM »

Is this an ex-trans am Camaro?  I also found this picture in the ISC Archives at Getty Images.  The caption states, "February 2, 1975: Maurice “Mo” Carter pits his Chevrolet Camaro during the 24 Hours of Daytona at Daytona International Speedway. Carter co-drove the car with Gene Felton, but the team dropped out due to damage from a crash on lap 346 and was scored in 30th position. (Photo by ISC Images & Archives via Getty Images)"  More info can be found here: http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/february-2-1975-maurice-mo-carter-pits-his-chevrolet-news-photo/139063221
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« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2013, 06:37:48 PM »

Is this an ex-trans am Camaro?  I also found this picture in the ISC Archives at Getty Images.  The caption states, "DAYTONA BEACH, FL - 1975: John Greenwood's Chevrolet Corvette leads a Chevrolet Camaro during an IMSA GT event at Daytona International Speedway. (ISC Archives Photo via Getty Images)"  More info can be seen here: http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/john-greenwoods-chevrolet-corvette-leads-a-chevrolet-camaro-news-photo/132706273
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« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2013, 06:43:33 PM »

Is this an ex-Trans Am Camaro?  I found this picture at Getty Images.  Although this is not the 24 hours, the caption states, "DAYTONA BEACH, FL — December 1, 1974: Maurice “Mo” Carter driving a Chevrolet Camaro (No. 88) leads a Chevrolet Corvette during an IMSA GT race at Daytona International Speedway. (Photo by ISC Images & Archives via Getty Images)"  More info can be found here: http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/december-1-1974-maurice-mo-carter-driving-a-chevrolet-news-photo/139063220

This looks to be the same car as in my second post.
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« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2013, 06:54:12 PM »

Is this an ex-Trans Am Camaro?  I found this picture at Getty Images.  The caption states, "DAYTONA BEACH, FL — February 4, 1973: Action during the 24 Hours of Daytona at Daytona International Speedway. The eventual race winning Brumos Porsche Carrera RSR 911 of Peter Gregg and Hurley Haywood (No. 59) leads the Porsche 908 of Paul Blancpain, Reinhold Joest and Mario Casoni (No. 57) and the Chevrolet Camaro of Richie Panch, Wilber Pickett and Ray Kessler (No. 9). (Photo by ISC Images & Archives via Getty Images)"  More info and a larger version of the picture can be found here: http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/february-4-1973-action-during-the-24-hours-of-daytona-at-news-photo/152421365
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« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2013, 06:57:04 PM »

Is this an ex-Trans Am Camaro?  I found this picture at Getty Images.  The caption states, "DAYTONA BEACH, FL — February 4, 1973: Guido Levetto, Mario Levetto and Ara Dube drove this Chevrolet Camaro Z-28 to a 13th place finish in the 24 Hours of Daytona at Daytona International Speedway. (Photo by ISC Images & Archives via Getty Images)"  More info and a larger version of the picture can be found here: http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/february-4-1973-guido-levetto-mario-levetto-and-ara-dube-news-photo/145718862
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« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2013, 07:01:06 PM »

Is this an ex-Trans Am Camaro?  I found this picture at Getty Images.  Although it doesn't identify the Camaro, the caption states, "DAYTONA BEACH, FL — February 3-4, 1973: Reine Wisell, Jean-Louis Lafosse and Hughes de Fierlant drove this Lola Ford-Cosworth T282 to a 26th place finish in the 24 Hours of Daytona at Daytona International Speedway. (Photo by ISC Images & Archives via Getty Images)"  More info can be found here: http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/february-3-4-1973-reine-wisell-jean-louis-lafosse-and-news-photo/135199726
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« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2013, 07:08:29 PM »

Is this an ex-Trans Am Camaro?  I found this picture at Getty Images.  The caption states, "DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 6, 1972: The Chevrolet Corvette of Michael Oleyar and Robert Luebbe leads a Chevrolet Camaro during the 24 Hours of Daytona at Daytona International Speedway. (ISC Archives Photo via Getty Images)."  More info can be found here: http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/the-chevrolet-corvette-of-michael-oleyar-and-robert-luebbe-news-photo/132706753
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« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2013, 07:19:28 PM »

Is this an ex-Trans Am Camaro?  I found this picture at Getty Images.  The caption states, "DAYTONA BEACH, FL — January 31 - February 1, 1970: The winning Porsche 917K of Pedro Rodriguez, Leo Kinnunen and Brian Redman (No. 2) gets set to put a lap on the Chevrolet Camaro driven by Larry Bock and Larry Dent (No. 11) during the 24 Hours of Daytona at Daytona International Speedway. (Photo by ISC Images & Archives via Getty Images)"  More info can be seen here: http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/the-winning-porsche-917k-of-pedro-rodriguez-leo-kinnunen-news-photo/135199696
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« Reply #9 on: January 13, 2013, 07:32:31 PM »

I know this isn't the 24 hours but it is a Paul Revere 250 race at Daytona.  Is this the gold and black Yunick Trans Am Camaro?  I found this picture at Getty Images.  The caption states, "Bobby Unser (left) prepares to climb into Henry 'Smokey' Yunick's (R) 1969 Z-28 Camaro for the start of the Paul Revere 250 on the road course of Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida on July 3 and 4, 1969. Wearing his trademark black cowboy hat, Yunick's legendary mechanical skills propelled drivers such as Unser, Johnny Rutherford, Glenn 'Fireball' Roberts, Curtis Turner, Bobby Johns, Paul Goldsmith and many others to racing success. (Photo by ISC Archives via Getty Images)"  This isn't a 1969 Z28 as the caption says.  More info can be found here: http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/indy-500-winner-and-sometimes-stock-car-driver-bobby-unser-news-photo/78306525
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« Reply #10 on: January 13, 2013, 07:45:37 PM »

I know this isn't the 24 hours but it is a Paul Revere 250 race at Daytona.  Is this the gold and black Yunick Trans Am Camaro?  I found this picture at Getty Images.  The caption states, "DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JULY 1968: Bobby Unser poses with Smokey YunickÕs Chevrolet Camaro that he drove in the Paul Revere 250 at Daytona International Speedway. The car caught fire during the race and Unser was relegated to a 22nd-place finish. (Photo by ISC Images & Archives via Getty Images)"  More info can be seen here: http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/bobby-unser-poses-with-smokey-yunick%c3%b5s-chevrolet-camaro-news-photo/106763144

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« Reply #11 on: January 13, 2013, 08:01:37 PM »

Here is the Yunick car at the 1968 Daytona 24 hours.  I found it at Getty Images.  The caption states, "DAYTONA BEACH, FL — February 1968: Car owner Henry “Smokey” Yunick brought this 1968 Camaro to Daytona International Speedway for the 24 Hours of Daytona and hired superstars Bruce McLaren and Jim Hall to do the driving. The car did not run in the race, as inspectors came up with a list of 27 “infractions,” including an acid-dipped body and Lexan windows, and the car was ultimately disqualified from competition. (Photo by ISC Images & Archives via Getty Images)."  More info can be seen here: http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/february-1968-car-owner-henry-smokey-yunick-brought-this-news-photo/150003617
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« Reply #12 on: January 13, 2013, 11:02:07 PM »

The Carter camaro would be one of the ex Jim Hall 1970 T/A camaros which Mo purchased to run in the 71 and 72 seasons - was upgraded with big block engine etc for 73.  He ran  both IMSA and T/A.  My understanding is the car was wrecked in a
Mosport testing accident and parted out maybe in 76/77.  He then commissioned Brad Francis to build an IMSA  AAGT class tube frame camaro to race.

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« Reply #13 on: January 14, 2013, 04:32:32 PM »

The Carter camaro would be one of the ex Jim Hall 1970 T/A camaros which Mo purchased to run in the 71 and 72 seasons - was upgraded with big block engine etc for 73.  He ran  both IMSA and T/A.  My understanding is the car was wrecked in a
Mosport testing accident and parted out maybe in 76/77.  He then commissioned Brad Francis to build an IMSA  AAGT class tube frame camaro to race.



Thanks for the great info.  Too bad it didn't survive.  Could this be the same car or is this the tube frame car?  Either way it's interesting to note that it has the early 2nd Generation Camaro front end on it.  The pictures were taken by R. Allen Olmstead at the 1977 Watkins Glen 6 hour race.  I found them here: http://www.botchagaloop.net/
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« Reply #14 on: January 14, 2013, 06:16:27 PM »

That white and orange Camaro #56 is driven by Craig Carter, not Mo Carter. I think it may be owned currently by John Hildebrand and it is currently dark blue with yellow lettering.

The white #11 '69 Camaro at Daytona in 1970 looks to be the Larry Bock/Larry Drover car raced in Trans-Am that year.

The white with red sided Camaro following the red, white & blue Corvette appears to be the John Elliott car raced in Trans-Am
with sponsorship from Preston Hood Chevrolet in Fort Walton Beach, FL.
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