Michigan Int'l Speedway "RAM Regionals", April 27, 1969
Many thanks go out to Jerry Melton for his photograph contributions below.
Two weeks prior to the Wolverine Trans-Am, an SCCA regional race was run to see if there were any issues with cars running on the road race
course. This was a brand-new facility that had only put on one race prior to this. That was an open-wheel USAC race in late '68, won by Ron
Bucknum. The USAC race was run only on the oval and so the road course was an "unknown quantity".
Here's the winner of the A/Sedan category, John Martin in a factory-backed, Ron Kaplan prepared Javelin.Photo by Jerry Melton
Notice the lack of the domed hood. This would indicate they were not using the special 304" engine which showed up for the T/A race.
Note also that the car is using a rear spoiler similar to the '68 Javelins, however this was the only race the Javelin team used it in 1969.Photo by Jerry Melton
Here comes Martin's Javelin, going for a pass on the B/Sedan Porsche 911 of Erhard Daum. Both cars would be in the T/A race too.Photo by Jerry Melton
The '67 Z-28 of Robert Barg and his co-driver Dick Hoffman.Photo by Jerry Melton
Robert Barg (L) and Dick Hoffman (R)Robert Barg Collection
Apparently they ran one number during practice and another during the actual race.Photo by Jerry Melton
The '68 Camaro of Dick Lang
, a Chevy dealer from Xenia, Ohio.Photo by Jerry Melton
I'm not sure who Dick is waving at here.Photo by Jerry Melton
Mark Donohue actually came to this regional race and drove Dick's car to get a feel for the track prior to the Trans-Am.Photo by Jerry Melton
Another shot of Dick Lang's Camaro.Photo by Jerry Melton
Notice that the side markers lights have been deleted from the side of the car.Photo by Jerry Melton
The Camaro of Wayne Allen, from Indianapolis.Photo by Jerry Melton
Wayne also entered his car in the Wolverine Trans-Am.Photo by Jerry Melton
The Corvair of Bill Schmitt. Lots of tough competition for Corvairs in A/Sedan.Photo by Jerry Melton
This B/Production Corvette, driven by Tom Simpson from Illinois, would be running a 327.Photo by Jerry Melton
Another B/Production Corvette, this one driven by W. Mark Childs, also from Illinois. It finished 1st in class.Photo by Jerry Melton
Ron Weaver in the A/Production class winning L-88 Corvette.Photo by Jerry Melton
Looks like Erhard Daum's Porsche is getting passed again. Erhard would win the B/Sedan class.Photo by Jerry Melton
The unusual Holman-Moody Challenger III
ran in the A/Sports Racer class rather than A/Sedan. The driver is W. Scott Clawson.Photo by Jerry Melton
The Shelby Mustang of Mike Murray out of NW Ohio.Photo by Jerry Melton
The #77 Ford Mustang of John B. Addison out of the Detroit Region of the SCCA.Photo by Jerry MeltonEd Hinchcliff's Mustang
got into an accident during this regional race and did significant damage to the passenger side of his car.
That damage was not repaired in time for him to make it to the Trans-Am event although he does show up on the entry lists.Photo by Jerry Melton
Looks like Jim Harrell's Mustang was a Mach1 body that he was trying to convert to look like a Boss 302 (removal of the side scoop).Photo by Jerry Melton
Jim Harrell's Mustang again. Jim was also in the Wolverine Trans-Am.Photo by Jerry Melton
Brooke Doran's Lola T160 A/Sports Racer spins out between John Martin's Javelin and Dick Lang's Camaro. Martin and Lang finished 1-2 overall.Photo by Jerry Melton
An article indicating who the '69 Javelin Trans-Am team drivers would be.
This is a brief article on the race and the results (winner only) of each class run. If anybody has the program, entry list
or more complete race results from this race, I would appreciate your contribution to this thread.
The track changes talked about below were a direct result of damaged oil pans which were occuring as a result of the
original layout of the road course. The cars for the regional event turned right immediately after the pit road exit and went
straight over the banked back straight. This caused them to slam down and smash the oil pans if they got going too fast.