Author Topic: Watkins Glen 1968 Camaro RS Conv Pace Car Sports Car Road Racing 6 Hour & USRRC  (Read 713 times)

SMKZ28

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A white 1968 Camaro RS convertible was used as the pace car for "A Premiere Double Header Weekend" of top level sports car road racing events held at Watkins Glen International Raceway in Watkins Glen, New York in July 1968.  The SCCA United States Road Racing Championship (USRRC) event was held on Saturday, July 13, 1968 and the 6 Hours of Endurance for the World Championship of Manufacturers was held on Sunday, July 14, 1968.  Mark Donohue won the USRRC event in his Penske McLaren M6A 1/Chevrolet and the co-drivers of Jacky Ickx & Luigi Bianchi won the 6 hour event in their J.W. Automotive Engineering Ford GT40 (blue and orange car directly behind the Camaro).

While I only have photos of the Camaro pacing the 6 hour race, I would have to assume that it performed the same duties the prior day for the USRRC event.
From the pictures it looks like the Camaro convertible was a Rally Sport with a black nose stripe, bumper guards, standard wheel covers and possibly white wall tires.  I'm always surprised to see an non SS Camaro used as a pace car.  You would think that the higher horsepower and better handling of an SS would be a better choice for high speed racetrack pace car duty.

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1) https://www.motorsportimages.com/photo/1968-watkins-glen-6-hours-1013479936/1013479936/?p=9&search=1968%20watkins%20glen&is_popup=1
2) cropped version of #1

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Several years ago I found four pictures of the 6 Hour event that were part of the Dave Friedman Collection held by The Henry Ford.  The website where I found them no longer exists and they were not currently posted on The Henry Ford Flickr page.  Unfortunately they were small so I tried enlarging them but their quality suffers.

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1) Souvenir Event Program Cover (worthpoint.com)
2) Poster for event (worthpoint.com)

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Thanks for posting, you guys are the best! Btw, not to hijack, on the poster (the red car), I believe its a Porsche 908. That evolved into the 917/30 that made over 1,000 HP!
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Thanks for posting, you guys are the best! Btw, not to hijack, on the poster (the red car), I believe its a Porsche 908. That evolved into the 917/30 that made over 1,000 HP!

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Four Porsche 908 coupes participated in the 6 hours.  Here is a color picture of the only one that finished the race.  Click on this link to see all the cars that participated: https://www.racingsportscars.com/photo/Watkins_Glen-1968-07-14.html

That Penske Porsche 917/30 is/was an awesome car!

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Thanks for posting, you guys are the best! Btw, not to hijack, on the poster (the red car), I believe its a Porsche 908. That evolved into the 917/30 that made over 1,000 HP!

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Four Porsche 908 coupes participated in the 6 hours.  Here is a color picture of the only one that finished the race.  Click on this link to see all the cars that participated: https://www.racingsportscars.com/photo/Watkins_Glen-1968-07-14.html

That Penske Porsche 917/30 is/was an awesome car!



Thanks for the link to the race. Its notable that among the list of drivers were such 'legends', and some heroes of mine. And yes, the 917s were amazing…they essentially put the GT-40s out of competition.
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I went to the Porsche Museum past Sunday and was surprised to see this.

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Sorry about side ways Pics.