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« on: March 04, 2011, 07:56:01 AM »

Thanks Jon  Maybe there should be a seperate thread for youtube videos?
There is some great original video on there

here is a nice example

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XkBPOUWM5k
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« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2011, 02:27:55 AM »

Here's a video from the Donnybrooke Trans-Am race in 1969.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tn0OOSQPXT8&feature=related
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« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2011, 03:01:39 AM »

Here is the 1968 T/A taster from the DVD.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bx0MNKqalic

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« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2011, 01:08:37 AM »

Here is another taster, this for a DVD of 69 Trans Am. Mind numbingly slow intro, but it looks like it will lead into something worthwhile.

http://vimeo.com/5430289

and another of the '68 Daytona race. Not our finest moment, but it's always good to watch racing.

http://vimeo.com/5207048

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« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2011, 11:29:36 AM »

I remember seeing a short film about the Penske/Donohue  effort, back when I was much younger, and it was called "4 hands on the wheel"?  It spent a good deal of time on the Camaro.  I haven't seen this since.  Anyone else?

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« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2011, 07:23:02 PM »

Mike,

No, I have never heard of it but I looked around and found a copy at Autobooks-Aerobooks in Burbank, CA, (818) 845-0707. I ordered a copy of that, plus "Powered by Sunoco 1968", "Road Racing, Detroit Style" and another one with no audio which covers the 1969 Laguna Seca and Riverside Trans-Ams. That should tide me over for a little while. Grin
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« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2011, 12:53:05 PM »

Well, I got the DVDs and have had a chance to watch them. I honestly enjoyed them all but I would put "Four Hands on the Wheel" at the top of the list. Interesting interviews with Roger Penske and Mark Donohue and coverage of Penske's 1969 racing effort. Also covers previous history of Penske and Donohue's racing career and shows footage at Roger's dealership and race shop. Time is 47.5 minutes. "Powered by Sunoco 1968" covers the Penske USRRC, Can-Am and Trans-Am efforts and is almost 28 minutes long. "Road Racing Detroit Style" covers the 1970 Watkins Glen Trans-Am which was won by Vic Elford in Jim Hall's Camaro. Interviews include Jim Hall, Penske and Parnelli Jones. Good action on the track and in the pits during this race which took place under rainy conditions. Lastly, the '69 Laguna Seca & Riverside Trans-Am DVD. Some pretty good footage of the racing (including the pace lap) but no narration at all and some odd editing. Still fun to see the T/A cars on these two historic tracks. I thought the quality of the images was pretty good for all of these and would recommend them to anybody who had an interest in classic Trans-Am racing and racing in general from this era. Really good stuff.

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« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2011, 01:23:10 PM »

Jon, I have that "Road Racing Detroit Style" as part of a racing tape that includes bits and pieces of amateur footage from Mosport, St. Jovite, Lime Rock, and I think Bridgehampton, and maybe some other tracks.  If I can find it, I will ship it off to you and you can "convert it". Can't remember where this came from but may have been from Robert Hayes who at one time did some research on early Firebird race cars.

I drove in that 1970 Watkins Glen T/A rain race, but oddly, can't remember racing in the rain, and I'm sure we didn't have any rain tires! That was the race where we just got on the grid at the last minute because 4 guys toasted their engines in the warmup - hard to understand why they would flog their cars that hard in the warmup. My racing ream-mate that year, Dave (Paul) Lawler, also drove in that race - his 68 camaro was put into storage and has never surfaced.  Dave passed away from cancer in the early nineties - he did 4 races in 1970 - best finish was 8th at Mid-Ohio - one of those guys who had some "raw talent".

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« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2011, 04:03:46 PM »

Robert, I would love to get that from you so I could copy it. Thanks for the offer. I forgot to mention that that particular video has an in-car camera in Peter Revson's Javelin as he is taking some practice laps and he is talking as he is making his way around the course. I thought that was pretty neat.
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« Reply #9 on: May 15, 2011, 10:36:01 PM »

Bruce302 pointed this one out to me...

http://www.streetfire.net/video/1973-transam-sanair_196121.htm

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« Reply #10 on: June 30, 2011, 02:20:19 PM »

Though I don't own this yet to better comment, I thought those on this forum might enjoy knowing there is a new DVD from Petersen/Carfilms entitled "Untold Secrets of Trans-Am Racing."

It is in DVD format, 2HRS long, and available at www.carfilms.com for $24.95

Here is a link to a teaser video noting some of the original Trans-Am folks included in this video.  I believe much of the content comes from a 2009, "Tribute to Trans-Am Racing" event held at the Petersen museum.   

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ba7dlOs_iJs
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« Reply #11 on: July 01, 2011, 12:08:55 PM »

That was a fun event. Robert Lodewyk and I were there along with our T/A hero Robert Barg.
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« Reply #12 on: August 30, 2011, 12:07:02 AM »

Hello folks,

I just got "Four Hands on the Wheel" as a gift.  Watched it tonight, and it is as good as it gets for a Donohue or Penske fan. 

The blips of Ron Fournier building the bulges on the 1969 Camaro front fenders is so darn cool for those into fabrication.  So much great footage of Mark and Roger talking as well.

I'd qualify this film as a must have for so many members of this forum.

-Chad

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« Reply #13 on: August 30, 2011, 10:07:02 PM »

Chad, I'm glad you got the opportunity to add that to your collection. It really is as outstanding as you say. I think you would also get a lot of enjoyment out of the other three I mentioned above.
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« Reply #14 on: September 03, 2011, 11:55:16 AM »

Hello Jon,

I also received "Powered by Sunoco 1968," as a gift.  Though I enjoyed the content, and I'm glad to own a copy of the film, I wouldn't recommend it as a "must have." 

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« Reply #15 on: September 07, 2011, 12:08:26 PM »

Please find a link below with 1970 Mid-Ohio Trans-Am video footage:

http://youtu.be/2kfK2Wj1WwE

This video was put together by Todd Lang.  Todd is the son of Dick Lang, also well noted on this site as an early Camaro Trans-Am racer (along with a wealth of other racing efforts and achievements).

Todd notes that the original film was Super 8, and taken by his Dad, who was at this event because he agreed to be a “backup driver” in case of a no-show.

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« Reply #16 on: September 07, 2011, 05:36:35 PM »

Thanks for posting the video.   If I find any other Trans-Am videos, I will post them.
Appears most of what I have access to are from other series, like this one from 24 Hours at Daytona. 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObGoxBs8sqk
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« Reply #17 on: September 07, 2011, 07:45:57 PM »

Thank you Chad for posting that on Todd's behalf.

Welcome aboard, Todd. It's great to have you sign up for the forum. I look forward to your contributions and would definitely enjoy learning more about your dad and his racing career. Many of the Daytona and Sebring endurance races back in the old days featured Camaros and other pony cars besides the Corvettes, sports cars, Prototypes, etc. I don't mind you posting links to those old races. I'd love to see footage from the ARRC events including the one your dad won at Riverside in 1968. If you have any footage from the '69 ARRC A/Sedan race, I'm sure Scott (S A Dunbar) would appreciate seeing that. In fact any A/Sedan footage (which often ran against A and B Production Corvettes) would be a lot of fun to see. Thanks again for signing up and sharing.
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« Reply #18 on: September 20, 2011, 08:22:26 PM »

I'm not sure if this one has been posted yet but I found it today looking through many videos on youtube.  Some of the sound has been dubbed over and it looks like they sped up the film at certain points but its pretty good footage nonetheless of the 1970 Lime Rock race.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0qgchd5zHA&feature=related
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« Reply #19 on: September 21, 2011, 07:19:43 AM »

Thanks!

I'm not sure if this one has been posted yet but I found it today looking through many videos on youtube.  Some of the sound has been dubbed over and it looks like they sped up the film at certain points but its pretty good footage nonetheless of the 1970 Lime Rock race.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0qgchd5zHA&feature=related
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« Reply #20 on: September 21, 2011, 05:18:33 PM »

Thank you Chad for posting that on Todd's behalf.

Welcome aboard, Todd. It's great to have you sign up for the forum. I look forward to your contributions and would definitely enjoy learning more about your dad and his racing career. Many of the Daytona and Sebring endurance races back in the old days featured Camaros and other pony cars besides the Corvettes, sports cars, Prototypes, etc. I don't mind you posting links to those old races. I'd love to see footage from the ARRC events including the one your dad won at Riverside in 1968. If you have any footage from the '69 ARRC A/Sedan race, I'm sure Scott (S A Dunbar) would appreciate seeing that. In fact any A/Sedan footage (which often ran against A and B Production Corvettes) would be a lot of fun to see. Thanks again for signing up and sharing.

I would certainly enjoy seeing video of the 1969 ARRC A/Sedan race...!   Of course, Bill Petree, driving a 1969 Camaro, won the A/Sedan National Championship in this race.  My father won the 1980 GT1 National Championship driving the very same Camaro.

a side note...  Todd's father, Dick, and my father, Jerry, raced together many times...  In those days, Dick was running a A/Sedan Camaro and my father was racing a Corvette in B Production.  In the very first inaugural "feature" race at Blackhawk Farms Raceway in 1968 - a SCCA Regional Race - Jerry finished 1st overall and 1st in B Production, and Dick finished 2nd overall and 1st in A Sedan...
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« Reply #21 on: October 22, 2011, 10:42:04 AM »

Cool video with classic commentary and music.

TRANS AM RACING FILMS 1967-68 DVD BOSS MUSTANG CAMARO

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« Reply #22 on: November 08, 2011, 12:07:19 AM »

Some 1969 and 1968 Trans-Am coverage within this video:

http://www.viddler.com/explore/deansgarage/videos/3/

If you put your mouse pointer over the little black circles within the progress bar just to the right of the "play/pause" icons, you'll see pop-up text that provides segment tags for the video content.  For those that want even more guidance...

  • 1969 Riverside T/A content starts at the :19 mark.
  • 1968 Riverside T/A content starts at the 50:54 mark.

Plenty of other cool old racing footage that's not T/A as well.

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« Reply #23 on: December 02, 2011, 06:17:10 PM »

Smokey Yunick video. Daytona Hall of Fame induction. Not Trans-Am related per se, but a colorful personality from Chevrolet racing history.
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« Reply #24 on: December 12, 2011, 12:51:04 PM »

Thank you Chad for posting that on Todd's behalf.

Welcome aboard, Todd. It's great to have you sign up for the forum. I look forward to your contributions and would definitely enjoy learning more about your dad and his racing career. Many of the Daytona and Sebring endurance races back in the old days featured Camaros and other pony cars besides the Corvettes, sports cars, Prototypes, etc. I don't mind you posting links to those old races. I'd love to see footage from the ARRC events including the one your dad won at Riverside in 1968. If you have any footage from the '69 ARRC A/Sedan race, I'm sure Scott (S A Dunbar) would appreciate seeing that. In fact any A/Sedan footage (which often ran against A and B Production Corvettes) would be a lot of fun to see. Thanks again for signing up and sharing.

I would certainly enjoy seeing video of the 1969 ARRC A/Sedan race...!   Of course, Bill Petree, driving a 1969 Camaro, won the A/Sedan National Championship in this race.  My father won the 1980 GT1 National Championship driving the very same Camaro.

a side note...  Todd's father, Dick, and my father, Jerry, raced together many times...  In those days, Dick was running a A/Sedan Camaro and my father was racing a Corvette in B Production.  In the very first inaugural "feature" race at Blackhawk Farms Raceway in 1968 - a SCCA Regional Race - Jerry finished 1st overall and 1st in B Production, and Dick finished 2nd overall and 1st in A Sedan...


Here's an article on that race you mention.  Note that both our dads beat the Cobra, and that is what counts.  Wink


I am working on transferring some old films to You Tube.  Nothing huge, as so far I just have some of the Corvette footage.  Still looking to track down the Camaro races of 68 and 69.
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« Reply #25 on: December 29, 2011, 11:54:34 AM »

Chad Raynal pointed these out to me. Great footage of the '68 Sebring 12-hour race which included the Trans-Am cars. The second race on the Trans-Am schedule that year.

First segment of 1968 12 Hours of Sebring coverage: click here.
Some cool Penske, Donohue and other T/A coverage, and some hood open shots of "the lightweight" beginning at the 14:03 mark (not very clear).
Second segment of 1968 12 Hours of Sebring coverage: click here
A great T/A winner interview beginning at the 8:00 mark.

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« Reply #26 on: February 20, 2012, 05:45:37 PM »

Still more '68 Sebring coverage, this time via a very clean '68 AMC Javelin promotional film identified as The New World of American Motors.  Some staged bits, but clips recognizable in most recently compilation footage clearly recognizable.  I've picked up filmstrips, other films and somehow had missed this.  If I've repeated some link seen elsewhere on this thread, please remove 'me'! 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1j2Lm5JXIE

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« Reply #27 on: February 21, 2012, 04:57:26 AM »

Still more '68 Sebring coverage... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1j2Lm5JXIE

Great footage, Mike.  Thanks for posting.
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« Reply #28 on: May 02, 2012, 11:40:35 AM »

Super 8 footage of both the 1972 and 1970 Lime Rock Trans-Am events (even though the YouTube video title says only 1970).

http://youtu.be/iYnGb4fcn9w
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« Reply #29 on: May 02, 2012, 01:31:42 PM »

Thanks for posting that, Chad. It looks like the '72 Trans-Am is first until the 1min 30sec mark and then it switches to the '70 Trans-Am with the U-2 cars first and then the O-2 cars after that.
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« Reply #30 on: October 22, 2013, 03:29:43 PM »

I came across this footage of the 1967 Marlboro Double 300 Trans Am races, Marlboro Speedway, Upper Marlboro, Maryland on August 12, 1967.  See it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0h9OLNQDxwk&feature=related  Enjoy!
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