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« Reply #15 on: March 19, 2011, 01:17:44 PM »

Scott,  Here's my understanding of it. If I'm wrong, maybe somebody will correct me. In '67 they took the manufacturer's claimed dry weight of the car and allowed a 350lb reduction from that claimed weight, so with a stated F.I.A weight of 2,640lbs, I would gather that Chevy must have claimed a base Camaro dry weight of 2,990lbs. For 1968, the rules were changed to get away from arbitrary dry weights claimed by the various factories involved and established a flat dry weight of 2,800lbs for all over-2 liter Trans-Am cars. For '69, they bumped that weight up to 2,900lbs and I believe in 1970, they moved it up to 3,200lbs dry or 3,400lbs ready-to-race. I believe it stayed at that weight through the '72 season.
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« Reply #16 on: March 19, 2011, 10:22:30 PM »

Patches from Road America that I got in my youth. Really great track, about 4 miles long,
in the picturesque rural setting of Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

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« Reply #17 on: March 19, 2011, 10:23:57 PM »

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« Reply #18 on: March 20, 2011, 08:58:54 AM »

Thanks John
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« Reply #19 on: March 22, 2011, 12:35:27 PM »

Copy of newspaper ad in the '67 Las Vegas Review-Journal.

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« Reply #20 on: March 22, 2011, 12:45:18 PM »

I was wondering if they raced "Cameros" Roll Eyes back then as well---Guess so.
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« Reply #21 on: March 22, 2011, 08:59:58 PM »

I happened to attend that race - was on my way to Laguna and Riverside for the Can-Am races and stopped in at Stardust for the Trans-Am.  My friend and I had obtained press passes from the Canadian Wheelspin News racing paper, so I had an official job (non-paying) to write  race reports  There were 5 "cameros" in the race including the winner Donohue.

Later we would head up the West coast to Vancouver and stopped in to see the Kent Trans-Am race.

I was actually on a scouting trip to see if I might like to move to CA but was too late - all the immigration rules had recently changed for Canadians.

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« Reply #22 on: March 22, 2011, 10:53:54 PM »

Don't tell me, you left your camera at home on that trip, didn't you?!  Cheesy
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« Reply #23 on: March 29, 2011, 10:53:06 PM »

1967 Penske Racing advertisement.


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« Reply #24 on: April 01, 2011, 10:17:37 AM »

Jon,
That last piece of art work looks a lot like Dave Deals' but I don't see his trademark signature.  Dave did the MG mittens adds in the old sports car magazines, designed some models kits and most recently helped Pixar with the designs for the cars in the movie 'CARS".  Dave sadly passed away last year.  There is a website for his work if you google it.

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« Reply #25 on: April 01, 2011, 03:23:15 PM »

Mike, I'm not sure that's his artwork or not. Similar is some ways and not in others.
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« Reply #26 on: April 01, 2011, 03:42:59 PM »

Heuer was one of the preferred time keeping pieces for timing race laps back in this era. As TAG/Heuer today, they
are still a premier watch and stopwatch company. Shortly after the Camaro was introduced, Heuer came out with a
watch bearing the Camaro name, with built-in stopwatch capability. They were available in 2 and 3-dial configuration.
Roger Penske bought engraved Heuer Camaro watches for all members of his race team after winning the '68 Trans-Am
championship. Heuer Camaros are collector watches today with a very accurate Valjoux movement.





http://classicheuers.blogspot.com/2009/07/heuer-camaro-ref-73445.html
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« Reply #27 on: April 17, 2011, 10:34:43 AM »

From the 1971 Watkins Glen Trans-Am...

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« Reply #28 on: April 17, 2011, 10:55:52 AM »

Jon,
Is all this Vintage Trans Am stuff from your personal collection? 

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« Reply #29 on: April 17, 2011, 11:08:33 AM »

Mike, most of it is but not all. The Riverside poster was not mine and the Watkins Glen dash plaque is not mine. Anything else posted by me, is mine.
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