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« Reply #15 on: April 03, 2014, 05:43:28 PM »

                      Hey Bob how would you know you were too busy backing down escape roads to see what was happening on the track (LOL) !!!
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« Reply #16 on: April 03, 2014, 08:40:14 PM »

Jon, did you ask Warren D. about the dry slump? He worked on Yenko's ZL1 powered 69 Camaro they ran at Sebring in 69&70

Joe, I have not asked Warren about that. The 427 car falls into a different class than the 5 liter cars so I'm not sure that it would be comparing apples to apples.
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« Reply #17 on: April 04, 2014, 10:55:57 AM »

Yes, the famous 71 Lime Rock rain race, the escape road at the end of the front straight - first time it happened I was "moved over" in very poor visibility but no problem to
get back on the track - it was an "anxious moment  The next two times I must have gotten braver with late braking into one.

I'm sure Al was having a heart attack in the pits during my "excursions".

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« Reply #18 on: April 04, 2014, 02:55:39 PM »

      Yes I think your right Bob that was the day where I pulled you aside before the start of the race to explain  that  the check I had written to Goodyear for new rain tires wouldn't clear unless we did well in race ............ Anyway our little chat must have worked because that day you had an awesome drive in very nasty conditions .

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« Reply #19 on: April 04, 2014, 05:32:27 PM »

At least when he went off the track it was on the escape road. A whole bunch of other guys didn't have it so lucky in that race.

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« Reply #20 on: April 04, 2014, 06:53:40 PM »

              Yes we were lucky and as your image clearly shows the weather that day was atrocious, but  unfortunately we were pitted at far end front straight so we had front row seats to Bobs numerous off track excursions.
   
      Next to Bobs driving for me the other high-lite that weekend getting to meet Chris Economaki  "The Dean of American Motorsports." ......... Chris was the track announcer that weekend and he made it a point to take the time to introduce himself to all the teams that were racing that weekend, which I thought as a very thoughtful gesture.

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« Reply #21 on: April 04, 2014, 07:02:09 PM »



A race car with deluxe interior?!?!

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« Reply #22 on: April 04, 2014, 08:54:32 PM »

Deluxe door panels anyway. The T/G Firebirds had deluxe door panels also.

More '71 Lime Rock photos here... https://www.flickr.com/photos/thehenryford/page89/
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« Reply #23 on: April 14, 2014, 11:22:22 PM »

I'm voting for this not because I know what I'm talking about, but rather because he's in one of my most favorite T/A cars. In fact, I don't even know if it was Trans Am or some other class.

Milt Minter; driving the successor to the Gray Ghost Tempest seen up top and built by Herb Adams Racing Associates, it was the "last hurrah" for Pontiacs 303 RAV/Super Duty program, and he was part of it. This car famously/infamously holds the record for the best finish Pontiac ever achieved in a series it made such a timeless name from.

(I hope I got all of my facts strait)

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« Reply #24 on: April 15, 2014, 07:43:02 PM »

I like your pick Milt was an awesome driver .......

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