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Walter Parkins 1970 Trans Am Z/28 Camaro
« on: October 07, 2016, 06:35:16 PM »
I realize this is a Gen 1 forum, so forgive me if I'm intruding. It was the Trans Am heading that interests me.
I am currently preparing this Camaro for next season's vintage racing with the Historic Trans Am group. Admit I don't know too much about Camaros, and even less about Walter Parkins. If anyone has any information about Walter, his car, photos, or can point me in the right direction I'd appreciate it.
Thanks, Brian

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Re: Walter Parkins 1970 Trans Am Z/28 Camaro
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2016, 04:20:47 AM »
Nice to have you join us here, Brian.

Walter C. Parkins was from White Bear Lake, MN and he was one of the Camaro drivers I saw run at Road America back in the early '70s. His car was orange with number 77 on it in green numerals. The 7s were kind of an odd font and they weren't laid out on a white circle, as I have seen on the car recently. I have Walter's autograph in my '71 RA Trans-Am program. Mike Mulcahy had that car a number of years back and it had a '69 style cowl induction scoop on the hood at that time. I hope that has gone away. It looked terrible and is not correct to the era. I believe it was Neil Karolek who found the car and traced it back to Parkins. I may have a picture of the car. I will have to do some digging.
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Re: Walter Parkins 1970 Trans Am Z/28 Camaro
« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2016, 05:00:33 AM »
Brian, I also have a photo of that car.  I did race against Walter several times.  He upped his game in 72
if you look at the qualifying times on  ultimateracinghistory,com

Best wishes for a good season next year with the HTA.  Might even get to see you at the races.

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Re: Walter Parkins 1970 Trans Am Z/28 Camaro
« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2016, 05:21:26 AM »
Here's the car at the Bryar Trans-Am in 1972...


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Re: Walter Parkins 1970 Trans Am Z/28 Camaro
« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2016, 04:34:55 PM »
John and Robert,
Thank you both for the replies, info, and photo(s). Any chance Walter is still around?
I have only 1 photo of the car in period. Yes, the "77" was a unique font, if not a bit ugly. Afraid the white meatballs are here to stay. The photo I have shows that back of the rear spoiler was painted kelly green, probably not going with that either.
The hood is being replaced with a flathood. I'd like to remove the bracing as I suspect was done in the era. Any photo of this would be helpful.
Again, thanks!
Hoping for more to come.

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Re: Walter Parkins 1970 Trans Am Z/28 Camaro
« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2016, 04:44:06 PM »
Brian, I checked and I do have some negatives from the '71 Road America Trans-Am. There is one shot of my mom standing behind Parkins' Camaro and the rear wheel is off the car. This shot was taken in the paddock area. Parkins' car had Z stripes on it in 1971 and the number font is nicer. I'll get a photo made from this negative and get it to you.

There is a Walter C. Parkins, age 74, that lives in Royalton, MN.  I would assume it's probably him.
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Re: Walter Parkins 1970 Trans Am Z/28 Camaro
« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2016, 05:01:43 PM »
There is another shot of the Parkins Camaro seen in this thread...

http://www.camaros.org/forum/index.php?topic=11732.0;all

It's from the 1971 Mid-Ohio race where he was running as #71.
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Re: Walter Parkins 1970 Trans Am Z/28 Camaro
« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2016, 07:59:57 PM »
I found a negative from the 1971 Road America June Sprints where Walter Parkins is racing the car as #17. It's seen behind the BFG Tirebird below. I'll make a print for you.



Below is the entry list for the '71 June Sprints. This was not a Trans-Am event and the car was running in the A/Sedan class.

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Re: Walter Parkins 1970 Trans Am Z/28 Camaro
« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2016, 08:14:30 PM »
Brian, here's the entry list for the 1971 Road America Trans-Am





Below is Walter Parkins' autograph (on the left) from the '71 RA Trans-Am plus a couple of other guys who sounds familiar.


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Re: Walter Parkins 1970 Trans Am Z/28 Camaro
« Reply #9 on: October 08, 2016, 09:27:27 PM »
Brian, there is also a photograph of the Parkins #71 car on Ken Coles' website...

http://www.colesracingphotos.com/Ken-Coles-Racing-Photos/Trans-Ams-1970-1972/

It is misidentified as Steve Ross at the '71 Mid-Ohio Trans-Am but Steve Ross was driving the #70 Boss Mustang instead.
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Re: Walter Parkins 1970 Trans Am Z/28 Camaro
« Reply #10 on: October 22, 2016, 01:25:13 PM »
Here are a few pictures of the Walter Parkins Camaro when it was driven by David Jungerman.

I apologize that I don't know who the photographer is.
« Last Edit: October 22, 2016, 01:56:51 PM by wolfmin »

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Re: Walter Parkins 1970 Trans Am Z/28 Camaro
« Reply #11 on: October 22, 2016, 01:26:57 PM »
David Jungerman at the runoffs with the ex-Parkins Camaro.

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Re: Walter Parkins 1970 Trans Am Z/28 Camaro
« Reply #12 on: October 22, 2016, 01:37:36 PM »
Another shot of the ex-Parkins Camaro with David Jungerman spinning as Jerry Dunbar passes in the ex-Carl Shafer Camaro.  Of course prior to Jerry Dunbar and Carl Shafer, that car was driven by Marshall Robbins and Bill Petree.

This picture shows pretty much exactly what the car looked like when Walter Parkins drove it.

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Re: Walter Parkins 1970 Trans Am Z/28 Camaro
« Reply #13 on: October 23, 2016, 01:39:40 AM »
That was a very sharp looking car! Love the Motor Wheel Spyder's as well.

Do you know the rough dates of those pictures above?
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Re: Walter Parkins 1970 Trans Am Z/28 Camaro
« Reply #14 on: October 23, 2016, 01:19:28 PM »
That was a very sharp looking car! Love the Motor Wheel Spyder's as well.

Do you know the rough dates of those pictures above?

I'm thinking 1975.  I saw David Jungerman win the June Sprints in dramatic fashion that year.  He started dead last and came through the pack against some tough competition.  The battle for the lead in A Sedan was between Sid Rust in an ex-Chaparral Camaro and Warren Fairbanks in his Camaro.  They traded the lead many times before Warren lost and engine.  Jungerman ended up catching Rust before it was over.  The top 3 were Jungerman, Rust and Jerry Dunbar.

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Re: Walter Parkins 1970 Trans Am Z/28 Camaro
« Reply #15 on: October 29, 2016, 02:03:19 AM »
Happy to report...just finished a very interesting phone conversation with...Walter Parkins. Though he may have lost his written history in a home fire, his memory is quite good, unearthing many subtle details about the car, and of his Trans Am racing exploits at large. Very colorful, and informative guy. We'll continue our chat soon. Still digesting it all.....awesome!!!

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Re: Walter Parkins 1970 Trans Am Z/28 Camaro
« Reply #16 on: October 29, 2016, 08:06:42 PM »
That's great news, Brian.  I'm glad you got through to him and that he's willing to share what he knows with you.
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Re: Walter Parkins 1970 Trans Am Z/28 Camaro
« Reply #17 on: February 05, 2017, 12:00:31 AM »
I thought I remembered seeing a color picture of this car that isn't included in this thread.  I checked the Canadian site autocourse.ca and sure enough their is a picture of the car in the paddock for the Molson Trans-Am held at Sanair Internationale, Ste-Pie, Qubec on July 30, 1972.  It has the green rear spoiler and the odd font #77 on the door.  Check out all their racing pics throughout the years here: http://www.autocourse.ca/index.php?file=photos.html

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Re: Walter Parkins 1970 Trans Am Z/28 Camaro
« Reply #18 on: February 09, 2017, 08:51:28 PM »
Thank you, yes, I've seen this as well but didn't know where/when though, so thanks.
Yes, I asked about the graphics. Walter repeatedly said that he and the guys were "just having fun". The font is "Old English". His wife was hollering in the background "Day-Glo Green" and "Signal Green". Walter said they used a spray can. I found it in Rustoleum. Yes, spray cans.
And am having the font re-done as well. Should end up fairly close. Thanks again.

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Re: Walter Parkins 1970 Trans Am Z/28 Camaro
« Reply #19 on: February 10, 2017, 12:48:56 AM »
You need to post some pictures!

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Re: Walter Parkins 1970 Trans Am Z/28 Camaro
« Reply #20 on: April 15, 2017, 03:24:52 AM »
Walter is back!

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Re: Walter Parkins 1970 Trans Am Z/28 Camaro
« Reply #21 on: April 15, 2017, 05:05:38 AM »
Looks great, Brian.  Nice job!
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Re: Walter Parkins 1970 Trans Am Z/28 Camaro
« Reply #22 on: April 15, 2017, 06:47:45 PM »
Thanks, Jon.
Stern view.

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Re: Walter Parkins 1970 Trans Am Z/28 Camaro
« Reply #23 on: April 15, 2017, 10:40:17 PM »
Beautifully done and I wouldn't have expected anything less from you.

The bumpers look to have a satin finish. Are they painted?
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Re: Walter Parkins 1970 Trans Am Z/28 Camaro
« Reply #24 on: April 16, 2017, 04:21:50 AM »
Unfortunately, they are silver-painted fiberglass, and lack the bumperettes.  Stay tuned, tho...

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Re: Walter Parkins 1970 Trans Am Z/28 Camaro
« Reply #25 on: April 16, 2017, 08:31:05 PM »
Tsk, tsk.  I'm sure you'll make it right.   ;D
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Re: Walter Parkins 1970 Trans Am Z/28 Camaro
« Reply #26 on: April 17, 2017, 02:11:04 PM »
Fantastic car, and chance for interior shots? Oh, and put the MotorWheel Spyders back on!!! :D
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Re: Walter Parkins 1970 Trans Am Z/28 Camaro
« Reply #27 on: April 17, 2017, 02:18:46 PM »
Fantastic car, and chance for interior shots? Oh, and put the MotorWheel Spyders back on!!! :D

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