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Re: Trans Am racing pace car pics...are there any?
« Reply #345 on: January 18, 2023, 10:33:13 PM »
You could try this link. I did not have the time to look though it.

https://www.alfabb.com/threads/alfas-in-trans-am.17978/

His name is all over this site.
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« Reply #346 on: January 18, 2023, 11:00:57 PM »
Scott - Do you have any photos of Charlie Thieriot, who drove an Alfa Romero GTA at the 1970 Trans Am races at Road America, Watkins Glen, and Riverside?  Thanks - Mark

Can I assume you have looked on the Racing Sports Car website?

https://www.racingsportscars.com/driver/archive/Charles-Thieriot-USA.html

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« Reply #347 on: January 19, 2023, 12:10:12 AM »
Scott - Do you have any photos of Charlie Thieriot, who drove an Alfa Romero GTA at the 1970 Trans Am races at Road America, Watkins Glen, and Riverside?  Thanks - Mark

Mark, I don't have any photos of that particular Alfa.  Most of my stuff consists of the over two liter races, which were separate in 1970.  In addition to the two web sites given by Chuckman4112 and Oldtimer I would suggest going through all the photos at the following sites on Facebook.  If you don't see anything you might join them and ask.  You never know what someone might have.

Remembrances of Elkhart Lake/ Road America: https://www.facebook.com/groups/147537615666486/photos/

Friends of Watkins Glen: https://www.facebook.com/groups/346049228830548/media

REMEMBERING RIVERSIDE RACEWAY: https://www.facebook.com/groups/137363969953355/

Try this site for additional Watkins Glen photos: http://www.glenphotos.com/memories/index.html

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Re: Trans Am racing pace car pics...are there any?
« Reply #348 on: January 19, 2023, 12:44:58 AM »
Thank you for all the information about Charlie Thieriot as he and my brother, John, both belonged to the Alfa Romero Owner's Club of Southern California.  Although I never met Charlie, he seemed to be quite a character as he once bought a 1967 Ferrari 275/GTB4 back in the 1970s (when they were somewhat affordable) and joined the local Ferrari club.  When Charlie found that the club members were not as friendly as those in the Alfa club, Charlie took his GTA to a track event at Riverside and had the 3rd fastest time, which didn't go well with the other Ferrari owners.  My brother was at the Trans Am race at Riverside with Charlie and also saw Parnelli Jones win the last 1970 race of the season. - Mark

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« Reply #349 on: January 19, 2023, 01:20:10 AM »
Scott - Do you have any photos of Charlie Thieriot, who drove an Alfa Romero GTA at the 1970 Trans Am races at Road America, Watkins Glen, and Riverside?  Thanks - Mark

Mark, here is about a minute and a half of color footage from the under 2 liter Trans Am race held at Road America in 1970 shot from turn three: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoBxQaGphSk
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« Reply #350 on: January 19, 2023, 01:46:05 AM »
Scott - Thank you for the footage taken at Road America as I think I saw Thieriot's GTA #95 at the beginning of the film.  Charlie once told my brother that when they used to race the 2 liter cars with the 5 liter cars, during the driver's meeting, they were told to stay out of Parnelli Jones' way! - Mark

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« Reply #351 on: January 19, 2023, 03:37:31 AM »
Scott - Thank you for the footage taken at Road America as I think I saw Thieriot's GTA #95 at the beginning of the film.  Charlie once told my brother that when they used to race the 2 liter cars with the 5 liter cars, during the driver's meeting, they were told to stay out of Parnelli Jones' way! - Mark

Good idea!
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« Reply #352 on: March 12, 2023, 10:28:30 PM »
I was surprised when someone brought an Alfa Romero GTA to our monthly Cars & Coffee and I didn't have my camera with me to take some photos.  First GTA I've even seen in person.

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« Reply #353 on: April 01, 2023, 12:53:11 PM »
Another piece of the puzzle falls into place.  Until now I didn't know that a 1969 Camaro RS/SS Z11 convertible was used as the pace car for the 3rd Annual Kent 300 Trans-American event held at Seattle International Raceway in Kent, Washington on Sunday, September 7, 1969.  This was the 10th round of the championship and Ronnie Bucknum won the event in his 1969 Camaro Z28 fielded by Roger Penske.

Notice that the lettering on the door has been altered to display the information for this particular event.  I believe that underneath the "OFFICIAL PACE CAR" in orange lettering it states "3rd Annual Trans-Am Kent" and "September 7, 1969".

I found this fantastic color image of the pre-race grid at the Vintage Trans Am race cars V-8 - 1966-1973 Facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1567567723489728/photos/
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« Reply #354 on: July 11, 2023, 04:23:54 PM »
I just located this photo that shows the 1971 Porsche 914/6 that was used as the pace car for the Trans Am Two-Five Challenge event held at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin on Sunday, July 18, 1971.  You can see it in pit lane as the field goes by. 

Additional images of the car can be seen in Replies #287 & #288 on page 20 of this thread as well as Reply #319 on page 22.

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« Reply #355 on: July 11, 2023, 04:40:52 PM »
The same seller on ebay also had this photo showing the purple 1970 Dodge Challenger convertible that was used to pace the Trans Am race at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin on Sunday, July 19, 1970.  You can see it in pit lane as the field flies by.

Additional pictures of the car can be seen in Replies #40 & #41 on page 3 of this thread, Reply #67 on page 5 and Reply #327 on page 22.

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« Reply #356 on: July 12, 2023, 02:16:31 AM »
Scott, your research to the pace cars is great ! easy to search with your references to previous post with page # and photo # !

I looked and followed links but I didn't see this image of the Camaro pace car  from the '69 Laguna Seca Trans-Am, I might have

 missed it ? Looks like a screen grab from a film, can't remember where I found it now, it was long ago.

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« Reply #357 on: July 12, 2023, 04:19:30 PM »
Scott, your research to the pace cars is great ! easy to search with your references to previous post with page # and photo # !

I looked and followed links but I didn't see this image of the Camaro pace car  from the '69 Laguna Seca Trans-Am, I might have

 missed it ? Looks like a screen grab from a film, can't remember where I found it now, it was long ago.

Mike

Hi Mike, thanks for adding that cool close-up photo.  I have never seen that one before, so you didn't miss it in my posts.  Neat shot!
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« Reply #358 on: July 19, 2023, 02:04:20 AM »
Scott, your continuing efforts with documenting the various pace cars is greatly appreciated.  Thank you!  (and thank you to Mike as well)
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« Reply #359 on: January 19, 2024, 11:05:52 PM »
A green 1972 Porsche 911 Targa was used as the pace car for the Ron & Eve White Memorial Sedan Race for Trans Am type cars held on August 13, 1972 at Mosport International Raceway in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada. 

In a post about this "non-championship Trans-Am race," Jon Mello stated, "8/13/72, which had been the date of a scheduled Mosport T/A race until it was canceled along with the rest of the series that year (due to George Follmer dominating the '72 Trans-Am series in his Roy Woods Javelin). The race was run instead as a memorial to a well-known Ontario (Canada) couple who had been very involved with motorsports until they died in a plane crash in 1971. Many of the regular competitors showed for the race, and to my understanding, Warren Tope won."  http://www.camaros.org/forum/index.php?topic=9191.0

Greg Wong posted the photo at the Remembering Mosport Facebook page on January 15, 2015: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mosport/posts/403043589852499/?__cft__[0]=AZXOV8lbdXy5ncbaLz4Gw4XZaY1R2Iof9JzmhhifYmrXk6aTsb_bc04GGfQVTdxJ9e83WupfH0APPmllK8Za52WhEgIPcogUB8tN_v-dS3JfvG3tvxUeNMTroyJcO0Fi7xFMh0H9hzqqvJSQGXjoxjz4yNDufj43lI4F3C8QgaTNq87wWO1ghS1upcFo0Ycw4rM&__tn__=%2CO%2CP-R
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