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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).


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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.


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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.


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

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

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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).


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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.

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

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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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