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« Reply #210 on: January 23, 2014, 12:44:29 AM »

Crow's Landing/Modesto Trans-Am program. (Jon Mello Collection)

















































































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« Reply #211 on: January 23, 2014, 09:46:52 AM »

'wine, women, and race cars....  Smiley      What could be better?  Smiley
The program cover... brought back memories of that time... Smiley
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« Reply #212 on: January 23, 2014, 11:02:18 PM »

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« Reply #213 on: January 24, 2014, 12:37:50 AM »

Crow's Landing/Modesto Trans-Am coverage as found in Competition Press & Autoweek. (Jon Mello Collection)



























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« Reply #214 on: January 27, 2014, 12:28:01 AM »

Crow's Landing/Modesto was supposed to be the debut of a two-car effort by Penske to help close
the points gap against the Cougars and Mustangs. Unfortunately the first car was involved in a towing
mishap on the way to the race. The car was being towed by Craig Fisher and mechanic Tom Greatorex
from Penske's shop in PA. They had been driving for a day and a half straight alternating the driving
duties. They came to a poorly lit, newly constructed freeway interchange near Fernly, Nevada when
the trailer tire got just off the side off the pavement, got sucked into some gravel and hit a drainage
culvert. The car was very badly damaged. It was so bad that Craig Fisher was told to strip all the good
parts off of it but Mark looked at it later and decided everything was still "square" and that it should
be repaired. On top of that nightmare scenario, the new lightweight (sandblasted) Camaro that they
had been preparing since June, was barely ready and was airfreighted to the race at the last moment.
It had the wrong gearing for the track and while they changed to a slightly better gear ratio, it still
ended up falling short of what they really needed.





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« Reply #215 on: January 27, 2014, 04:21:05 PM »

3 and 5 races late to the program ! fisher at lime rock, and donohue at bryar, broke left rear axles. was this a weak link on the cars under race stresses ?

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« Reply #216 on: January 27, 2014, 11:45:17 PM »

My Johnny Moore Camaro also broke a left rear axle at Marlboro. The stock axles were having a tough time under racing stresses so GM came out with these heavier duty units.

http://www.camaros.org/forum/index.php?topic=8332.0;all
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« Reply #217 on: January 28, 2014, 12:05:35 AM »

Crow's Landing/Modesto Trans-Am photos from Post*Grid and The Wheel. (Jon Mello Collection)




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Jerry and Annie Titus after winning the race.

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« Reply #218 on: January 29, 2014, 12:23:20 AM »

Crow's Landing/Modesto Trans-Am memorabilia. (Jon Mello Collection)



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« Reply #219 on: January 29, 2014, 12:27:34 AM »

Crow's Landing/Modesto Trans-Am bumper sticker.


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« Reply #220 on: January 30, 2014, 11:54:14 PM »

Crow's Landing/Modesto Trans-Am report from Car & Driver magazine. (Jon Mello Collection)

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« Reply #221 on: January 31, 2014, 12:01:32 AM »

Riverside Trans-Am race report from my October 7 issue of Competition Press & Autoweek. You may notice
that guys such as Mark Donohue, Dan Gurney, George Follmer and Peter Revson were not at this race. This is due
to a schedule conflict with the Can-Am series and those four were running at the Bridgehampton Can-Am on the
East Coast while this Trans-Am race was being run. Bob Johnson was the substitute driver in the Sunoco Camaro.







Note: Car #64 below is driven by Tony Settember, not Bob Johnson. The caption underneath is wrong.











                                                                                                                                    
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This Competition Press and Autoweek article from the 10-14-67 issue
notes that the Penske Camaro is of legal weight even with panel thick-
nesses near 1/3 that of stock. There are rumors and folklore that state
the same car weighed 2550lbs at Kent three weeks later. I find that
completely implausible.


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« Reply #222 on: February 01, 2014, 01:26:58 PM »

Riverside Trans-Am coverage from Post*Grid. (Jon Mello Collection)













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« Reply #223 on: February 02, 2014, 01:15:04 AM »

Riverside Trans-Am program, from the Bob Sanders Collection, courtesy of Robert Lodewyk.


















































































Preliminary Riverside 250 Trans-Am entry list. (Jon Mello Collection)



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« Reply #224 on: February 03, 2014, 12:15:52 AM »

Selected pages from the official entry form for the Riverside 250 Trans-Am.








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