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« on: July 05, 2011, 02:26:46 PM »

Once again, we have more racing photographs taken by Ron Lathrop but this time at the August 4th, 1968 Bryar Trans-Am. As mentioned previously, 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. These photos are a great reminder of how special the Trans-Am series was back in the glory days of the late '60s and early '70s. Thanks again Ron for sharing these with us!

Here's the engine compartment of the #77 Craig Fisher Firebird. Notice the blue-painted Al Bartz small block Chevy engine and the stock-style rocker arms.


Photo by Ron Lathrop

Neat photo of the rear disc brake axle in Skip Barber's '68 Z28. Double-adjustable Konis, Stewart-Warner electric fuel pumps and many other little details to notice.

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Bottom-side details of the fabricated aircleaner on one of Shelby's tunnel-port 302 Mustangs.

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Shelby tunnel-port 302 engine compartment photo. The Fords used two Holley in-line 4 barrel carbs.  

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Engine compartment photo of Rusty Jowett's '67 Z. This car was destroyed in a crash at Watkins Glen the next weekend.

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« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2011, 02:52:39 PM »

Driver's seat in George Follmer's AMC Javelin. Looks like the same one homologated by Chevy for the Camaro (less the extra foam padding).

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Ronnie Kaplan, builder of the Javelins, and his famous hat. Number 3 car is Peter Revson's.

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Engine compartment of Revson's Javelin.

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Mark and Roger in serious discussion. Looks like Mark's wife Sue standing in orange & white dress next to Roger's first wife Lisa.

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Penske pitboard items. "Fumbler" = Follmer. "Ranson" is most likely Revson.

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« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2011, 05:33:24 PM »

Titus and Kweck in the Shelby team cars get into an early lead.

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Donohue in front of the two Javelins, Fisher's Firebird and Tony Adamowicz' Porsche.

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« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2011, 08:20:02 PM »

Jerry Titus' Mustang


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George Follmer's Javelin

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Peter Gregg's Porsche 911 leads several other U-2 cars.

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Mark's Sunoco Camaro

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John McComb's Mustang leads the Porsche 911 of Bob Bailey.

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« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2011, 08:49:58 PM »

Skip Barber's '68 Camaro (car #56)


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Titus' Mustang leads Donohue's Camaro

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Tony Adamowicz' 911. It was legal to leave the bumpers per SCCA rules so they left the front on for the aerodynamic benefit but
left off the back one for better cooling purposes and less weight behind the rear axle. Only a few 911s copied this later detail.

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Horst Kwech's #2 Shelby team car.

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Peter Revson's Javelin leads the Bob Bailey Porsche.

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Horst Kwech and Bert Everett's Porsche.

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Pete Harrison's Porsche tries to avoid getting lapped by Horst Kwech.

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« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2011, 08:59:36 PM »

Outstanding photos!  All of these are fantastic additions, but I really enjoy that Mr. Lathrop took so many detail shots of the various cars and parts.

I forwarded the '68 Shelby team car air box shot and this thread to a fellow who restored one of these cars recently, and he was also very impressed.  He wished he'd had the shot a couple years ago when he had to re-make this piece.

Jon, thanks again for posting these... and to Mr. Lathrop for allowing them to be shared amongst the enthusiasts.

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« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2011, 09:08:18 PM »

Roger Penske (in blue shirt) going over pit board numbers with his race team partner John Hilton (gray shirt).


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Getting ready for Mark to come in for a pit stop.

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Here comes Mark...

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A flurry of activity but typical Penske efficiency.

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« Reply #7 on: July 05, 2011, 09:20:13 PM »

You're welcome, Chad. We are very privileged as fans of these cars to be able to view photos like these and I have made it clear to Ron that we are very appreciative. He is pleased as well. What is really neat is that he got around to all parts of the track during the race weekend and took photos everywhere he went. The detail shots are just priceless though. A real treasure.
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« Reply #8 on: July 05, 2011, 10:11:48 PM »

Great shots of that famous Penske refueling rig.  I remember that in 68 my engine guy Brian and I went to Mid-Ohio on a T/A "scouting trip" to see what we might learn in advance of heading to the Glen for our first T/A adventure. That refueling rig was in use that weekend.

We observed one of the Penske camaros on a ramp truck in the pit area and proceeded to snoop around and underneath the car, but were soon spotted by a Penske crew member who chased us off.  Wonder what they were trying to hide? Cam't remember if we spotted anything "strange".

My thanks also to Ron for these wonderful photos.

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« Reply #9 on: July 05, 2011, 10:26:28 PM »

Pretty cool pace car.

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Follmer and Donohue.

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Porsche battle. Everett, Harrison and Bailey.

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Titus vs Donohue. Titus would fry his rear axle but the Shelby team replaced it in 10 minutes!

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« Reply #10 on: July 05, 2011, 10:37:16 PM »

Malcolm Starr's Mustang (car #5)

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Tony "A2Z" looks to duck inside the Mini Cooper of Bill Brack.

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Looks like George Follmer and a Volvo 122S.

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Not all views are unobstructed...

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« Reply #11 on: July 06, 2011, 02:26:23 AM »

Jon,
Fantastic shots, Thank you for posting these and to Ron for allowing us all to enjoy the good old days.

The details are just great to see on the close ups.

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« Reply #12 on: July 06, 2011, 09:07:29 AM »

Fantastic shots!  Nice clear color photos.  That's what makes this site so great. Thanks for sharing.

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« Reply #13 on: July 06, 2011, 09:49:18 AM »

Glad to hear the positive responses. Hopefully Ron will be able to share some more with us.

Malcolm Starr's Mustang again.


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Skip Barber, Craig Fisher and George Follmer.

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Gifford 911 followed by a Mustang and Mark Donohue.

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Donohue cruising to another win.

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« Reply #14 on: July 06, 2011, 10:20:50 AM »

Thank Ron & Jon GREAT photos.
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« Reply #15 on: July 06, 2011, 10:24:46 AM »

Mark wrapped up the Trans-Am championship for Chevrolet by winning at Bryar. This was his 8th victory in a
row and he would end up winning 10 of the 13 Trans-Am races in '68. A dominant effort. Tony Adamowicz
won the under-2-liter class and also had a dominant 1968, helping Porsche win U-2 that year.


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To the Victor go the spoils.

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« Reply #16 on: July 06, 2011, 01:10:07 PM »

Thanks to Mr Lathrop and Jon for all these, they are like gold to those who love the T/A aspect of the Camaro HP development.
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« Reply #17 on: July 06, 2011, 10:00:24 PM »

Glad you enjoyed this feature, James. Here is some more info from one of my issues of Competition Press.

This first tidbit says Donohue had the championship locked up prior to Bryar but Camaro
still needed three points so mathematically Javelin and Mustang were still in the running.
















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« Reply #18 on: July 13, 2011, 10:13:00 AM »

Selected pages from the 1968 Bryar Trans-Am program, courtesy of Ron Lathrop.





















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« Reply #19 on: July 14, 2011, 10:16:59 AM »

More from Ron Lathrop's 1968 Bryar Trans-Am program...











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« Reply #20 on: August 06, 2011, 12:38:37 AM »

Another '68 Bryar Trans-Am race report, this one courtesy of Frank Dihartce. Thank you, Frank!



 



 

























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« Reply #21 on: August 10, 2011, 01:57:00 PM »

Two more race reports for Bryar, courtesy of Ron Lathrop. Thank you, Ron!

This first one is from Car & Driver magazine...


This second one is from Sports Car Graphic magazine...
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« Reply #22 on: September 12, 2011, 03:44:13 PM »

Another article on the '68 Bryar Trans-Am. This one is from my November '68 issue of Car Life magazine.







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« Reply #23 on: May 06, 2013, 11:08:13 PM »

Photo page from SCCA's Sports Car magazine. (Jon Mello Collection)
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