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« Reply #210 on: August 07, 2014, 12:19:34 PM »

Darrell, I think that's a '70 Ford Torino.
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« Reply #211 on: August 07, 2014, 12:26:23 PM »

Ahhhh man...!!!!...  





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« Reply #212 on: August 07, 2014, 03:43:41 PM »

http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?id=HN.608014129215441948&w=98&h=108&c=8&pid=3.1&qlt=90&rm=2

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« Reply #213 on: August 07, 2014, 10:20:42 PM »

Even though it is not a Camaro it is still a cool picture.  It does have some connection to the 1970 Trans Am season since Penske/Donohue used the race to test their new Javelins so it fits into this thread just fine!  That is definitely the 1970 24 hours of Daytona and it is a 1970 Ford Torino GT convertible.  Just like in 1969 with the Camaro, NASCAR had Ford build them 9 to 12 1970 Torino GT's (both convertible and fastback) to be used at the major NASCAR races for the late part of the 1969 season as well as 1970.  Here are a few more vintage pictures of the cars.

The first one shows the same car pacing the 24 hours of Daytona. 

The second one shows two of the cars used by the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The third one shows one of the North Wilkesboro Speedway cars as it looks today.
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« Reply #214 on: August 08, 2014, 10:27:33 AM »

Agreed, just picking on Darrell a little Grin
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« Reply #215 on: August 08, 2014, 02:14:11 PM »

Speaking of Ford pace cars, I ran across this picture of a white 1972 Ford Mustang convertible being used to pace the Trans Am race held at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio on June 4, 1972.  It appears on page 161 of the publication entitled, "The Cars of Trans-Am Racing: 1966-1972," by David Tom.
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« Reply #216 on: October 29, 2014, 01:55:55 PM »

I just found a couple of great color pictures that show the 1972 AMC Javelin AMX that was used to pace the Mission Belle 200 Trans Am race held at Riverside International Raceway, Riverside, California on October 3, 1971.  The pictures were posted to Flickr by "Carrera RSR."  I'm not sure if this person took these photos or not but I know I have never seen them before.

Other pictures of the car can be seen on page 5 of this thread in replies #64-66 and reply 19 on page 8.  In a few of these earlier posts I mistakenly identified the car as a 1971 model, but since the race took place in October of 1971, it is probably a 1972 model since new car model years usually start in the fall.

The first picture shows the Javelin AMX on the pace lap for the over 2 liter class event while the second picture shows it pacing the under 2 liter class race.
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« Reply #217 on: October 29, 2014, 09:16:36 PM »

Very minor differences between 71 and 72 Javelin AMXs.....mainly the taillight lenses (plain red in 71, chrome 'cross-hatch' in 72) and early 71 AMXs had a silver grille (like this picture) and I believe 72 it became black.  But again, tomato, tomAto...

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