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Bruce302

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Re: BFGoodrich Radial Tirebird
« Reply #15 on: April 23, 2017, 06:54:23 AM »
I'm not sure if you ha noticed but of the two cars, one stayed a Firebird, the other was converted to a Camaro and was then able to use he Chev engine which was far more reliable. No point showcasing the new street T/A tire if the engine keeps blowing.

One of the cars had the usual Second Gen door handle, the other used the First Gen door handles.

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Re: BFGoodrich Radial Tirebird
« Reply #16 on: April 23, 2017, 03:05:08 PM »
Thanks for the info, Bruce.  Do you know why one had First Gen door handles on it?
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Bruce302

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Re: BFGoodrich Radial Tirebird
« Reply #17 on: April 23, 2017, 06:22:31 PM »
The car must have been a very early pre production body shell. I will see if I have a pic of the car to show the door handle.

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Re: BFGoodrich Radial Tirebird
« Reply #18 on: April 23, 2017, 09:34:40 PM »
Not sure if this has been posted before, or is relevant to this thread ? which car is this ?

(photo from the roaring season site)


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Re: BFGoodrich Radial Tirebird
« Reply #19 on: April 24, 2017, 04:18:12 AM »
Thanks for the history Robert, that car really got around, but then again it was also spared a life in a junkyard, or being ruined some other way. Nonetheless I'm happy to hear your story and that the car really did have a happy and productive ending.

The TireBird car was actually an old Titus Firebird, correct?
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« Reply #20 on: April 24, 2017, 05:17:50 AM »
To my knowledge that is correct.  The other remaining TG Firebird I heard also survived.  Heard it had
lived a hard life as an IMSA car or perhaps oval tracker.  last I heard, and that was many years ago, that
a James Thomas, I think,  was the owner.

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Re: BFGoodrich Radial Tirebird
« Reply #21 on: April 24, 2017, 08:35:19 AM »
This shows the First Gen door handles on the Titus driven T/G car, the sister to the Tirebird.

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Re: BFGoodrich Radial Tirebird
« Reply #22 on: April 24, 2017, 02:28:59 PM »
^That has got to be my favorite shot of any Trans Am era Trans Am. pun intended.
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Re: BFGoodrich Radial Tirebird
« Reply #23 on: April 26, 2017, 02:33:51 PM »
Bruce302 & Trans Am, here's another shot of the T/G Firebird in pre season tests at Willow Springs Raceway. Wonder what the purpose of the second person might be in the car ?   (auto week photo)


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Re: BFGoodrich Radial Tirebird
« Reply #24 on: April 27, 2017, 03:42:20 AM »
Hard to say. It could be something as simple as a crewman wanting a ride for fun after the test session was over or maybe Jerry was giving a magazine story writer a ride to show him what the car was like at speed.
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Re: BFGoodrich Radial Tirebird
« Reply #25 on: April 27, 2017, 08:42:54 AM »
That's a neat shot group/7, Thank you. The ride along for a crew or family would be my guess too. Everyone loves a free ride.

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Re: BFGoodrich Radial Tirebird
« Reply #26 on: April 27, 2017, 07:44:29 PM »
Not a lot of fully prepped race cars had the luxury of extra room to mount a passenger seat, this was probably a bit of trouble. Must have been important. Great shot, thank you for posting.
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Re: BFGoodrich Radial Tirebird
« Reply #27 on: April 29, 2017, 06:30:51 AM »
A T/A Javelin driver told me about a time at Laguna Seca he took a young female journalist for a ride in the Ronnie Kaplan Javelin, and he took delight in her fright.
She left a puddle on the passenger seat.

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Re: BFGoodrich Radial Tirebird
« Reply #28 on: April 30, 2017, 12:16:49 AM »
I love how "flat" car is in the turn.   I seem to remember a mention of how really big (for the time) 1.25" or bigger front bars had started to come into play...    Ken

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Re: BFGoodrich Radial Tirebird
« Reply #29 on: May 17, 2017, 01:43:59 AM »
For those in (or planning to be in) the area June 2-4, the "Tirebird" will take to the track at Sonoma Raceway, along with it's distant cousin, the 1964 Temeprt "Grey Ghost". Should be great stuff.