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« on: June 30, 2011, 12:37:30 PM »

Just yesterday I received a large quantity of racing photographs taken by Ron Lathrop at the 1967 Bryar Trans-Am. Ron was a freelance racing photographer dating back to 1963 and did work for Sports Car Graphic, Competition Press, Road & Track, as well as a number of karting magazines and even Rod & Custom. He also was in the U.S Air Force from 1965 - 69 and again from 1972 - 92. I'm going to post the Camaro photos first but would like to post all of them just because they are really cool and I think we all would enjoy them. Thank you very much Ron for sharing these with us!

This first photo shows Mark Donohue's car after he broke an axle during a practice session. He would later break one again during the race and wipe out his front sheetmetal. What is interesting here (to me) is the fact that the hood is bent and this is before it ever hit the wooden barricade during the race. All the front sheet metal for Bryar (according to Donohue's autobiography) was thinner gauge lightweight stuff stamped on GM tooling but maybe the hood was acid-dipped instead. Anyway, I'm wondering if this hood was bent because it was too thin and flimsy.


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« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2011, 12:41:16 PM »

Here, the Johnny Moore Camaro cuts through a turn ahead of Mark Donohue's Camaro while Ed Leslie's Cougar and Ken Duclos' Mustang are seen on another part of the track.


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« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2011, 12:43:22 PM »

Here' another shot of the Mark Donohue and Johnny Moore Camaros.


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« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2011, 01:46:31 PM »

Photos from a Penske pit stop...


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Notice the height of the cheater rear spoiler in this profile shot...

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« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2011, 02:14:28 PM »

Some color photos from the start of the race...


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« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2011, 03:06:12 PM »

Jon,

What your probably seeing is the hood springs pushing the center of the lightened hood up. When the hood is closed the springs are at their expanded position. With the front held by the latch/hood pins this would be the result. This is a common event with the fiberglass hoods as well. Smaller/less tension springs would solve this. However, then the hood may fail to stay open especially on a windy day Shocked.
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« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2011, 03:16:58 PM »

Greetings,

Thank you - these are wonderful.  I didn't appreciate just how tall the 'unofficial' rear ducktail spoiler was even for the rear view photographs.  Had I tried to fab. something, I likely would have stopped mid-stride believing '...oh, I couldn't look like THAT!'.  What a fun and funny thing to see put past tech., hence have to make one. 

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« Reply #7 on: July 01, 2011, 10:38:20 AM »

I suspect you're right, Robert. Pretty flimsy hood though, for steel. Yes Mike, I think replicating that spoiler is a must and now you have some good photos to work from.

Continuing on, here are some more photos. Notice how close the crowd is to the action on the track with nothing but a mound of dirt and a chain link fence to "protect" them. Those were the days!


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« Reply #8 on: July 01, 2011, 10:58:29 AM »

Milt Minter's Mustang in front of the Lyle Davis/Peter Sachs Lotus Cortina (#7) and the Jim Baker/Paul Richards Alfa GTA (#37).


Photo by Ron Lathrop

Ken Duclos' Mustang and Mark Donohue's Camaro in among some U-2 cars.

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David Johnson's NSU (car #41) and the Porsches of Peter Gregg and John Kelly.

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Gordon Dewar driving Craig Fisher's Camaro

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Chasing Donohue...

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« Reply #9 on: July 01, 2011, 12:01:06 PM »

Bob Grossman's Mustang and Johnny Moore's Z-28 in a pack of other 0-2 cars.


Photo by Ron Lathrop

Lance Pruyn's Z-28 chasing a Mustang.

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Dr. Dick Thompson's Mustang (Shelby team) ahead of Donohue.

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Donohue leading a couple of Mustangs.

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Milt Minter and Mark Donohue with a pack of others.

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« Reply #10 on: July 01, 2011, 12:41:36 PM »

1967 Bryar Trans-Am poster.


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Bryar Trans-Am race queen

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Pretty girl in the crowd.

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« Reply #11 on: July 01, 2011, 04:31:58 PM »

Lance Pruyn's Camaro leads several others through the wet curves.


Photo by Ron Lathrop

Pete Feistmann's Mustang leads John Kelly's Porsche.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Bob Grossman's Mustang leads the similar mount of John McComb.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Eventual race winner Pete Revson in his Bud Moore prepared Cougar.

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Revson homing in on the Ken Duclos Mustang.

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Looks like a blown engine has ended Milt Minter's day.

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Bob Grossman's wounded Mustang parked well out of the way.

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« Reply #12 on: July 01, 2011, 05:56:48 PM »

Great photos ! thanks for posting
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« Reply #13 on: July 01, 2011, 09:26:54 PM »

Wow those are some incredible shots most never knew existed... Thanks to everyone involved.
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« Reply #14 on: July 02, 2011, 11:09:12 AM »

The Shelby Team Mustang of Jerry Titus in the Bryar paddock garages (if they can be called that).


Photo by Ron Lathrop

Jerry's teammate Dr. Dick Thompson's Mustang. Thompson, a dentist, was one of the premier Corvette racers in the country earlier in the '60s.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

The Alfa Romeos of Horst Kwech (#3) and Monty Winkler(#6)

Photo by Ron Lathrop

The Porsches of Hans Ziereis (#73) and Peter Gregg (#59).

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The Alfa Romeo of Jim Baker and Paul Richards.

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Bud Moore and Roger Penske.

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« Reply #15 on: July 02, 2011, 03:08:26 PM »

Outstanding photos.  Such a neat addition to this site.  Thanks Jon, and Mr. Lathrop for taking and allowing these photos to be seen.

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« Reply #16 on: July 03, 2011, 12:05:31 AM »

About a third of the way through the race, Jerry Titus was trying to make a pass on Ken Duclos' white Mustang when they came together.
Titus' car spun many times before careening into the dirt bank, doing serious damage. He somehow got it over to the infield out of further
harm's way, but his day was done.


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Titus walking back to the pits. Note the gash by his left eye from the accident.

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Penske and Titus share a few words.

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« Reply #17 on: July 03, 2011, 05:10:56 PM »

Two more photos of "The Captain". Roger Penske.


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Bud Moore chats with Chuck Cantwell, Shelby's crew chief and an unidentified person in the yellow jacket. (help me out, Ford guys)

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Fans in the stands.

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More females...

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« Reply #18 on: July 03, 2011, 08:00:14 PM »

Ed Leslie, the early leader because he started on rain tires, comes in for a pit stop.

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Steve Brownstein's Mustang duels with Horst Kwech's Alfa GTA.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

John McComb's Mustang zips past the Jim Baker Alfa which retired on lap 33.

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« Reply #19 on: July 04, 2011, 01:23:37 AM »

Jerry Titus chose to start the race on dry tires and it put him two laps down when he finally switched to wets.


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Milt Minter's Mustang

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Peter Revson's #15

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Ed Leslie's #98

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Ken Duclos' Mustang chased by Allan Moffat's Lotus Cortina (car #1)

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« Reply #20 on: July 04, 2011, 11:21:26 AM »

View of the Start/Finish line.


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Gordon Dewar broke a wheel near the end of the race by the S/F line.

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Revson's Cougar between the Camaros of Donohue and Dewar

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Revson goes on to win the race, his second win of the season for Cougar.

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Ed Leslie gives his approval.

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« Reply #21 on: July 04, 2011, 11:43:20 AM »

Results, as shown in SCCA "Sports Car" magazine. Even though Craig Fisher is shown in the entry list and results, it was really Gordon Dewar.



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« Reply #22 on: July 05, 2011, 04:19:39 PM »

Bob Grossman's Mustang and Johnny Moore's Camaro in a duel.

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Peter Revson's Cougar puts the Johnny Moore Camaro a lap down and looks to do the same to the Pete Feistmann Mustang.

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« Reply #23 on: July 07, 2011, 09:13:02 PM »

Another report on this race, this one from the Oct 8, 1967 Bryar SCCA National program.















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« Reply #24 on: August 09, 2011, 11:03:07 PM »

More race coverage of the '67 Bryar Trans-Am race courtesy of Ron Lathrop. Thank you, Ron!

Here's Ron's original copy of Competition Press & Autoweek covering the race...















Coverage of the Bryar race from the November '67 issue of Car & Driver magazine...
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« Reply #26 on: October 21, 2013, 08:12:08 PM »

I already posted this picture in the "pace cars" thread because it shows the 1967 Camaro convertible pace car heading towards pit entrance but I also think it belongs here.  The fabulous color picture shows the field just before they got the green flag during the 1967 Bryar Trans Am race.  The front row consists of Jerry Titus who started on pole in his #17 light yellow Mustang and Peter Revson who started second in his #15 red Cougar.  Behind them in the second row you can see Milt Minter in his #78 darker yellow Mustang and Ed Leslie in his red #98 Cougar.  I'm not sure who took the photo but it was posted by Derek Sutton at the Historic SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am Series Fan Group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=694312197249795&set=o.109038482465812&type=3&theater 
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« Reply #27 on: November 27, 2013, 05:06:57 PM »

Check out the last pic in reply #8!!! You can see the right front tire of Donahue is almost off the ground and that is on a wet track!
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« Reply #28 on: November 27, 2013, 05:14:01 PM »

Ok...taking a second look, the mustangs and cougars have the same thing going on. Still not as cool as the camaro doing it tho!!!
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