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« Reply #105 on: June 08, 2011, 06:05:52 PM »

Daytona, February 1968.
L-R: Roger Penske, Mark Donohue, Bob Johnson, Craig Fisher. Standing: Jerry Kroninger, from Sun Oil.
Thank you to Pat Ryan for forwarding this to me so I could post it.


Jerry Kroninger Collection
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« Reply #106 on: June 09, 2011, 10:25:57 AM »

Photos from Sebring, March 1968. This was a 12-hour endurance race (also an official part of the Trans-Am schedule) where the Trans-Am cars were included in the same race as the Porsche 907 prototypes, GT40s, Lola T70s, etc. Mark Donohue and Craig Fisher finished an amazing 3rd overall and 1st in Trans-Am. A truly outstanding accomplishment. Many thanks to Pat Ryan for forwarding these Jerry Kroninger photos for us to enjoy.

Here Mark Donohue and Roger Penske check out the Camaro upon their arrival.


Notice the numbers for each car, 15 & 16. Each car in the photos below wears the opposite number than it did in the actual race.
The car with the vent window (wind wing) in the door is the '67 lightweight car from the previous season. It was under minimum
weight and did not get run through tech inspection. They ran the '68 through tech inspection twice by changing the car number
in a closed airplane hangar between each inspection. A risky proposition but they pulled it off successfully.











All 7 photos above by Jerry Kroninger
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« Reply #107 on: June 09, 2011, 10:37:46 AM »

Here is the Sebring Trans-Am class-winner showing the #15 on it, as it was during the race. While the '68 (heavier car) was the car that went through tech inspection twice, this lighter car is the one that qualified both cars for the race during the practice laps.
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« Reply #108 on: June 10, 2011, 01:49:18 AM »

1969 Penske Camaro of Donohue refueling at 1969 Watkins Glen Trans-Am.  Photo from March, 1970, Auto Racing magazine.
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« Reply #109 on: June 10, 2011, 02:03:30 AM »

Warren Fairbanks 1967 Z/28 at Road America in 1971 from Aug-Sept 1971 CORVETTE NEWS.
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« Reply #110 on: June 10, 2011, 07:06:58 AM »

Interesting that both cars in 1968 Sebring photos has the SS hood with what lookes like the stock louver trim parts in place.

I always wonder why they used the SS hood instead of the stock Z/28 flat hood (67-68)

I have read that one of the cars was bought new as an SS but on the other car they would have had to change out the flat hood to an SS hood?
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« Reply #111 on: June 10, 2011, 10:51:43 AM »

I don't know why they used those hoods, Joe. Later in the season they went back to flat hoods. Both '68 cars began life as bodies-in-white, not as complete "showroom" models.
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« Reply #112 on: June 15, 2011, 01:23:07 PM »

The Penske Camaro on pit road prior to the start of the 1968 Daytona 24-hour race. This is the only year when the Daytona 24-hour was part of the Trans-Am schedule. Roger Penske is leaning in giving Mark last minute instructions while chief mechanic Roy Gane listens in.
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« Reply #113 on: June 17, 2011, 10:39:36 AM »

Two gold and black Camaros taking off at the start of the 1967 Sebring 4-hour Trans-Am race. The #22 is driven by Charlie Kolb of the Fred Baker Racing Team and the #4 is driven by Johnny Moore (entered by HRH Corp, Hugh Heishman's entry).
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« Reply #114 on: June 25, 2011, 10:38:26 PM »

I've posted these in the thread discussing GMP models but they should probably be here too.

The Penske Camaro at the August 12, 1967 Marlboro Trans-Am.

Photo by Andrew Keller

Penske Camaro interior at Marlboro.

Photo by Andrew Keller

Penske Camaro interior two weeks later at Continental Divide Raceway.


Penske Camaro at the August 6, 1967 Bryar Trans-Am showing location of battery in the trunk. Note
the rear spoiler is taller than a stock GM piece and 1/4" pinstripe is not seen on the spoiler itself. This
is the rear spoiler I talked about earlier that was used only at Bryar, Marlboro and Continental Divide.

Photo from Bryar Racing magazine
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« Reply #115 on: June 25, 2011, 11:52:29 PM »

Mark Donohue broke an axle (twice) at the '67 Bryar Trans-Am and tore up all his new, thin-gauge sheetmetal.
Do you see that little dot on the rear spoiler, just outside of the rear stripe? That's a big slotted head screw
(painted body color). There were three of these, one in the middle and one each to the outside of the stripes
to hold down the front of the spoiler. Style points = zero.


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« Reply #116 on: June 27, 2011, 11:13:18 AM »

Some photos courtesy of Tim Lopata. They are frames captured from a Trans-Am film he has.
These two are of Robert Barg's Z-28 Camaro during the '69 Trans-Am season.
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« Reply #117 on: June 27, 2011, 10:14:05 PM »

This would be the 69 Mid-Ohio T/A.  Tim has a racing T/A film?

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« Reply #118 on: June 28, 2011, 10:49:48 AM »

He says they are clips from a movie called "Ford Flat Out". Maybe this is the one Dick Hoffman did the filming for at Riverside? Here are a few more from the same movie.
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« Reply #119 on: June 28, 2011, 07:03:12 PM »

The car # at Mid Ohio was # 50.  Dick used # 48 at Riverside, his usual race #,  according to the photo with the camera on my "interview" thread. Also I don't see any camera on the car in Tim's photo.

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