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« Reply #105 on: November 15, 2013, 08:15:46 AM »

Scott, I have somehow misplaced my '68 St. Jovite program but I also do not recall anything about a pace car photo or ad being in there so I
would agree with what Mike (group/7) says.

As for the Ginetta in that '67 race, I think it was the winner of a support race before the 4-hr event that same weekend of May 21st.

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« Reply #106 on: November 16, 2013, 12:10:47 AM »

Lime Rock Trans-Am coverage from Sports Car Graphic magazine. (Jon Mello Collection)







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« Reply #107 on: November 17, 2013, 12:16:21 AM »

Lime Rock Trans-Am coverage as seen in SCCA's Sports Car magazine. (Jon Mello Collection)






CP&A photos of Craig Fisher's Camaro losing a left rear wheel during the Lime Rock Trans-Am.



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« Reply #108 on: November 18, 2013, 12:02:19 AM »

Lime Rock Trans-Am coverage as found in the 1967 Bryar 250 Trans-Am program. (Jon Mello Collection)

































Lime Rock Trans-Am commentary from Competition Press & Autoweek. (Jon Mello Collection)

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« Reply #109 on: November 18, 2013, 12:06:30 AM »

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« Reply #110 on: November 18, 2013, 04:59:20 PM »

Interesting to see that the Camaro of Craig Fisher ran the early part of the season painted black, then he painted it silver for the 4 hour non-trans am sanctioned race at St. Jovite, then he painted it yellow for the Lime Rock Trans Am run 9 nine days later.
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« Reply #111 on: November 18, 2013, 08:42:28 PM »

SMKZ28, I have no idea why fishers camaro went from black to silver, in the non sanctioned sedan [trans-am] race at tremblant in '67. the car was damaged on the front at that race and didn't finish due to engine problems. somewhere I recall reading that the car was painted yellow after that and got the moniker "cat skinners" as a dig against penske ? because godsall distributed a different make of heavy machinery in canada. JON could chime in here, his depth of knowledge is incredible ! !
SMK you have much better eyes than me when it comes to finding little nuances in photos. maybe there is some clue in the fuel filler set up on the fisher car, from race to race. http://www.autocourse.ca/index.php?file=photos.html  I'm sure you know the autocourse site, there are quite a number of photos from that race there.
 
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« Reply #112 on: November 18, 2013, 10:17:33 PM »

SMKZ28, I have no idea why fishers camaro went from black to silver, in the non sanctioned sedan [trans-am] race at tremblant in '67. the car was damaged on the front at that race and didn't finish due to engine problems. somewhere I recall reading that the car was painted yellow after that and got the moniker "cat skinners" as a dig against penske ? because godsall distributed a different make of heavy machinery in canada. JON could chime in here, his depth of knowledge is incredible ! !
SMK you have much better eyes than me when it comes to finding little nuances in photos. maybe there is some clue in the fuel filler set up on the fisher car, from race to race. http://www.autocourse.ca/index.php?file=photos.html  I'm sure you know the autocourse site, there are quite a number of photos from that race there.
 
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Thanks Mike for this info.  I love the autocourse site, so many fascinating pictures have been submitted there.
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« Reply #113 on: November 18, 2013, 11:11:26 PM »

Terry Godsall was the owner of Craig Fisher's Camaro. Terry's father owned the Terex excavation equipment distributorship
for the eastern half of Canada. Cat Skinner on the car at Lime Rock is a dig at the Cougar team as well as a dig at Terex's
main business rival Caterpillar, aka "CAT". The circle with the triangle in it on the front of Craig's car is the Terex corporate
logo and the color of the car was a Terex heavy equipment color. When Godsall got the Camaro, it was black and gold and
was outfitted with the Gorries "Black Panther" emblems and paint job. Godsall probably got a deal on the car from the Gorries
dealership in Toronto in exchange for racing the car in that guise for a fixed number of races. It appears that the last race
that the car ran at like that was the Oak Cup race in Canada on May 14th. The following week was the St Jovite race where
the car was silver or gray primer and running as #777. The week after that was Lime Rock where it showed up with the new
yellow paint job and a standard non-RS look. I don't know why it looked like it did at St Jovite and Craig Fisher did not remember
why either.
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« Reply #114 on: November 18, 2013, 11:49:50 PM »

Thanks Jon for the Fisher Camaro info.  Very interesting stuff.
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« Reply #115 on: November 19, 2013, 12:01:49 AM »

Mid-Ohio Trans-Am coverage from Competition Press & Autoweek. (Jon Mello Collection)











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« Reply #116 on: November 19, 2013, 04:41:44 PM »

I didn't know that a Rambler ever drove in a Trans Am race!  I don't suppose anyone has a picture of it? 
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« Reply #117 on: November 20, 2013, 12:03:04 AM »

I've seen a photo of the car but don't remember where. Maybe I'll stumble across it again.

Mid-Ohio Trans-Am (brief) coverage from SCCA's Sports Car magazine. (Jon Mello Collection)

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« Reply #118 on: November 21, 2013, 12:09:37 AM »

Further Mid-Ohio Trans-Am coverage from the following month's issue of Sports Car magazine. (Jon Mello Collection)



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« Reply #119 on: November 21, 2013, 08:49:55 AM »

Jon,

I see that seven Camaros took part in the Mid-Ohio Trans Am.  I know that George Follmer was #16, John Moore was #4, and Dick Hoffman was #48.  I have seen Craig Fisher listed as #1 in several places but I would assume that Roger West drove #1 and Fisher drove #71 like the previous race.  Is this correct?  Also, do you know the numbers of Don Hamilton and Gary Morgan?  Is Morgan #55?  None of my usual sources list their numbers and I am trying to identify their cars in the Friedman photos before I post them.  Thanks.
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