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« on: January 02, 2012, 01:31:44 AM »

Since there has been interest expressed in this and I have quite a few photos courtesy from Ron Lathrop and Jerry Melton (so far), I have decided to start a photo gallery for cars that ran in the SCCA A/Sedan, A/Production and B/Production classes. You might even see some Chevy-powered sports racing cars in here. There were far fewer Trans-Am races run each year than these types of races so there are more of these kinds of photos out there.

A/Sedan cars = Camaros, Mustangs (except Shelby GT350 and GT500), Falcons, Barracudas, Darts, Javelins, Firebirds, etc. Basically American ponycars.

A/Production cars = Big block Corvettes, 427 Cobras, and big-inch AMXs.

B/Production cars = Small block Corvettes, 289 Cobras and Shelby GT350 Mustangs.

There are a number of cars that did run in both Trans-Am and A/Sedan so photos from these races can be helpful when researching a particular car. This is another reason for starting this thread.
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« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2012, 01:49:28 AM »

1969 Waterford Hills: Bill Petree's white '69 Camaro behind the two early Mustangs. Then we see the Challenger III Falcon (which can also
be seen in the '69 Wolverine Trans-Am thread under the RAM Regional event) with a couple of early Camaros and others in hot pursuit.

Photo by Jerry Melton

1969 Waterford Hills: Bob McClure's big block Corvette gets off-course. Bob was one of Don Yenko's best friends. I see a Camaro in the background too.

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1969 Waterford Hills: Two B/Production cars, Corvette vs Shelby GT350.

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1969 Waterford Hills Driving School: This is the famed "Purple People Eater III" Corvette prepared by Nickey Chevrolet and Ronnie Kaplan
for Jim Jeffords to drive. It dominated every race it ran back in '59 when it was new but this is 10 years after its prime.

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1969 Waterford Hills Driving School: Another shot of the same car.

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« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2012, 02:50:49 AM »

1967 Mid-Ohio: Bill Petree's Corvette leads Bob Johnson's Falcon.

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1967 Mid-Ohio: John Lecher's Corvette in pursuit of a GT350.

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1967 Mid-Ohio: Rear view of Lecher's Corvette

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1967 Mid-Ohio: Dwight Knupp's Barracuda

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1967 Mid-Ohio: Bob Johnson's Falcon. Bob drove a Camaro for Roger Penske later in 1967.

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1967 Mid-Ohio: Bob Bienerth's Corvette. Bob raced a '68 Camaro in Trans-Am in the early '70s.

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1967 Mid-Ohio: Bob Johnson has the Falcon in a nice drift through the turn.

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1967 Mid-Ohio: Bill Petree's Corvette.

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« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2012, 04:56:27 AM »

Oh, boy!More Melton photos! Love 'em
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« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2012, 09:47:35 PM »

Wow, luv the Bob Johnson Falcon, does anyone know if it still exist?

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« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2012, 05:35:06 PM »

A few of my ever colour changing archives:

1) Sears Point Enduro Regional, November '76 or '77 (I need to look that up).  Bill Maier/Mustang, John Treder/Camaro, Mike Nagle/Camaro smoking from caving in the LR fender with the T11 tyre wall.  Nagle had issue with brain fade.  Maier went on to break.  We won.
2) T9 at Laguna.  Lew Larimer passing Don Rettig / Camaro.  Originally built by Paul Traver, sold to Rettig, through my hands, to Ron Tredway.  Current whereabouts unknown.

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« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2012, 11:28:17 PM »

Steve, thanks a lot for posting those. I've got much more in the works but am trying to figure out the drivers.

Dale, I have no idea about the Falcon but it would be neat if it was still around.
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« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2012, 12:58:32 AM »


2) T9 at Laguna.  Lew Larimer passing Don Rettig / Camaro.  Originally built by Paul Traver, sold to Rettig, through my hands, to Ron Tredway.  Current whereabouts unknown.

This from Ron Tredway on the Rettig (previously Traver) Camaro being passed by the Larimer 'Vette:

"I had it from approximately 1988-1990, and sold to Steve Dold, who sold to someone in Chicago area.  The car had a dragster like roll hoop over the driver.  Easy to identify!"
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« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2012, 01:35:42 AM »

The roll hoop in the Camaro looked as it was taken out of the "How to build a Trans-Am Mustang book".  Two sets of rear diagonals, one in typical placement from the upper 'corners' to the rear of the chassis.  The other set from about midway up the main hoop, down to the rear subframe kick-up.  Rumored to be a weak spot on a Mustang, realy not needed in a Camaro.  It was,also, the largest diametre main hoop ever seen! I had the Green Beast from about 1982 until Ron bought it.  I was partially incorrect, Traver bought the car with some/most of the main cage in it.  He just finished it.
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« Reply #9 on: January 05, 2012, 12:02:20 PM »

One thing interesting about SCCA B/P 1965 The Shelby GT 350's were very quick beating the Corvettes that owned B/P for many years
Mark Donohue in a blue GT 350 won the SCCA B-Production Championship in 1965
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« Reply #10 on: January 05, 2012, 01:03:27 PM »

Hello JoeC,

Mark did lead the 1965 ARRC, but the winner of the race, and the 1965 SCCA B-Product National Championship, was Jerry Titus (also in an R-Model Shelby). 

Mark had a right rear tire burst on the 18th lap of the race.  Mark and the team noted that they were trying to use a larger rear tire than the wheel wells and leaf springs would allow. 

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« Reply #11 on: January 05, 2012, 02:56:28 PM »

yes sorry , I remember Mark beat Don Yenko but was the Divisional SCCA Championship B/P 1965 not the National

The race is on youtube but not very clear and it is labed 1964 but I believe its 1965
From what I can find ...........
Don Yenko ran his special built 1957 Corvette B/P car (white/blue stripe). He was the 1962-63 B/P National Champion so the 1965 Shelby 350 GT was his archenemy.

There were 16 cars in the 1965 B/P Runoff but they ran same race with the A/P cars
10 Shelby GT350s, 3 Sunbeam Tigers, 2 Jags, and one Corvette (Don Yenko's 1957 Fuelie)

Don Yenko finished 3rd in B/P with failing brakes (amazing run)

Mark Donahue, in the dark color GT 350 qualified 2nd overall. Out qualified all but 1 Cobra (A/P) then had blown head gasket slow him and then a flat tire. (Mark had an amazing qualifing run)

Jerry Titus won the B/P race in a GT350 and the Championship

The SCCA B/P and A/P battles seemed to carry over to Trans Am 1967
here is the race

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsL_W7I5OlA

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« Reply #12 on: January 05, 2012, 07:51:45 PM »

Waterford Hills 1969, Bob McClure's Corvette.

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Waterford Hills 1969, Bob Najmowicz Corvette from Detroit, MI.

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Waterford Hills 1969, Bob Najmowicz's Corvette.

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Waterford Hills 1969, I believe this is John Greenwood's Corvette.

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Waterford Hills 1969, Greenwood's Corvette again.

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« Reply #13 on: January 05, 2012, 11:01:47 PM »

Waterford Hills 1968 Regional event. We've got some Yenko Stinger fans here. Any of you know whose car this is?

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UPDATE (courtesy of Craig Wheeldon): "That Stinger looks to be VIN 101375W291539, Yenko Stinger # YS121 driven by
John Dirnbauer. The car was originally owned by Tony DeLorenzo , who drove it in Trans Am and A Sedan races while he
owned it in 1965 - 66, then it was converted to a stage III Stinger in 1967. The current owner is Dave Edsinger. This info
came from Charlie Doerge's new book "Don Yenko and the Yenko Stinger".
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« Reply #14 on: January 07, 2012, 02:02:51 PM »

Waterford Hills 1969, Erich Aichner (not sure about the spelling) in a  '68 Z28 chasing some others, including a possible Yenko Stinger.

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« Reply #15 on: January 07, 2012, 02:12:59 PM »

Waterford Hills 1969, A B/Production Corvette being chased by what appears to be a '67 Z-28. The paint scheme of the Camaro is very
similar to the '69 Bill Petree Camaro, which I believe was prepared by John and Burt Greenwood.

Photo by Jerry Melton
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« Reply #16 on: January 08, 2012, 02:03:38 AM »

Steel Cities SCCA National 1968, Jack Hurt's 427 Cobra.

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Steel Cities SCCA National 1968, Jack Hurt's 427 Cobra again.

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Steel Cities SCCA National 1968, Charlie Lowe's 427 Cobra.

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Steel Cities SCCA National 1968, Another angle showing Charlie Lowe's Cobra.

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« Reply #17 on: January 08, 2012, 02:16:48 AM »

Waterford Hills Regional event 1969, The Shelby GT350 Mustang (6S1733) of David Mroz.

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Different weekend, same car.

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« Reply #18 on: January 08, 2012, 11:35:45 AM »

I don't know much about Yenko Stingers, but during that era the Bill O'Connor usually was the fastest D/Production car at Central Division events.  I don't remember the colors for sure, maybe blue and silver, or blue and white.
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« Reply #19 on: January 08, 2012, 08:20:38 PM »

Waterford Hills Regional event 1969. An early Mustang and a '69 Z in a duel.

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Waterford Hills Regional event 1968. A new 427 Corvette with sponsorship from Roger Peck Chevrolet.

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Waterford Hills Drivers School 1969. This looks to be John Greenwood's '68 L88 Corvette.

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Waterford Hills Drivers School 1969

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Waterford Hills Drivers School 1969

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Waterford Hills Regional event 1969. Looks like a '64 Corvette. The driver's last name is Waszkiewicz.

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Waterford Hills Regional event 1969. Another Corvair but not a Stinger. This one is running in A/Sedan rather than D/Production like a Stinger would.

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« Reply #20 on: January 09, 2012, 08:59:59 PM »

Photos from the Grayling race track in Michigan, May 1964. Here's the Goodyear racing tire guy all set up and ready.

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The Cobras of Dan Gerber and Bob Johnson.

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The Cobras out on the track, which is set up on an airport runway. Very common in those days.

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The Cobra of George Montgomery gets a challenge from a Corvette.

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The same Corvette by itself.

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The Cobra of Dan Gerber #39 took the win.

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« Reply #21 on: January 09, 2012, 10:48:40 PM »

The purple Corvette #45 is Roy Kumnick.
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« Reply #22 on: January 09, 2012, 11:42:34 PM »

Thanks for the info, Mike.

Here's Lew Draper's 57 Corvette running in B/Production.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

The Stingray hangs its tail out just a bit chasing the Cobra.

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Now it's a drag race to the next corner.

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Ralph Salyer's Cheetah ran in the C/Modified class.

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Ralph could not run the Cheetah against Corvettes because the Cheetah was not built in enough numbers to qualify for A/Production.

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Don Eichstaedt's Corvair took the win in the S3 catagory.

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« Reply #23 on: January 09, 2012, 11:49:46 PM »

This image and the text below are courtesy of Steve Francis:



"Photo is from a July 1968 Riverside SCCA enduro/championship race sent to me from the brother in-law (Neil Young) of a crew member on the #4 Don Peck Mustang. Don was half brother to actor Gregory Peck who would on occasion attend the races with Don back in the day. Should give Neil photo credit as he took it."
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« Reply #24 on: January 10, 2012, 02:52:01 PM »

Thanks for posting that, Chad. It should also be noted that the white Camaro is the one driven by Tom Lynch.
This is the "sister car" to the one driven by Dick Guldstrand. Both Dick and Tom's cars were built by Bobby Joe
McDonald at Dana Chevrolet and both ran with Dana sponsorship at the '67 Sebring Trans-Am. Mike Haemmig
owns the Tom Lynch car now and he is pretty close to having the car ready to race in Historic Trans-Am events.
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« Reply #25 on: January 10, 2012, 04:12:23 PM »

Thanks, Jon.  I appreciate the identification of the Camaro, and I've been looking forward to seeing Mike's restoration efforts.

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« Reply #26 on: January 16, 2012, 01:48:56 PM »

Waterford Hills Regional race 1969. Various Mustangs in action. Interesting that one is a convertible.


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« Reply #27 on: January 16, 2012, 01:56:02 PM »

Waterford Hills Regional race 1969. John Greenwood's 427 L88 vs a Porsche 904.

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Waterford Hills Regional race 1969. Bob Najmowicz' Corvette and Ron Justice's Porsche 906 in action.

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« Reply #28 on: January 16, 2012, 02:45:43 PM »

Notice the mufflers.  I seem to remember that was a rule at Waterford Hills.
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« Reply #29 on: January 18, 2012, 06:23:09 PM »

Waterford Hills Driving School, April '69. Jerry thinks this he remembers Warren Tope being the driver of this car at this event.
Warren went on to be a very capable independent Mustang racer in the Trans-Am series.

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« Reply #30 on: January 19, 2012, 01:06:59 PM »

Jon.....What Kind of car is this in the last post?  A/sedan   or A-B/Production....Falcuda?
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« Reply #31 on: January 19, 2012, 02:44:01 PM »

That is a Holman-Moody built Challenger III.  The car has been restored by a fellow in Alabama, and was very pleased to see these great Jerry Melton period photos.

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« Reply #32 on: January 19, 2012, 04:12:37 PM »

Very cool!   Thank you for the post....great story
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« Reply #33 on: January 19, 2012, 11:15:43 PM »

Unfortunately for the Challenger III (Falcon), it was not considered a production car or a sedan so they made it run as an A/Sports Racer. Hence it could wind up running against something like a big block McLaren or a Lola.
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« Reply #34 on: January 20, 2012, 04:58:07 PM »

Thank you Jon...neat car..by the angle of the second picture looks like it would have been hard to see out of that back window and no passenger mirror...Scott
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« Reply #35 on: January 21, 2012, 02:17:50 AM »

Waterford Hills 1969. I don't know the driver of the #1 Corvette but the #96 car is driven by Paul Van Valkenburgh.


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« Reply #36 on: January 21, 2012, 02:24:18 AM »

Waterford Hills 1971. This is the Pontiac Tempest driven by Bob Tullius in the 1971 Trans-Am series however it looks
like it might be Pontiac engineer Herb Adams doing the driving here at the Waterford track.


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« Reply #37 on: January 21, 2012, 12:58:06 PM »

I have a vague recollection that there was a husband and wife team that drove Corvettes at WH, but can't recall their names or whether they shared one car or each had one.

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« Reply #38 on: January 21, 2012, 01:21:16 PM »

Robert, Maybe you're thinking of Tom Swindell and his wife Mary? They ran a white '62 which is currently owned by Franz Estereicher and a Stingray also. There are some photos of them in the Waterford Hills thread.


Waterford Hills circa 1968, Unknown Cobra racer.

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Waterford Hills 1968, Dan Schlames in his 289 Cobra (5 pics below).

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Larry Beaupre's K-code Mustang notchback and Bob Transon's Lotus Cortina following the Cobra.

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« Reply #39 on: January 21, 2012, 01:35:00 PM »

ah, a Cobra! As much as I liked my old camaros, there would be nothing a like a wind-in-the-face Cobra - no airbags, no modern electronic gizmos etc.

Anyone got a spare Factory Five kit they don't want? (I might put a 327 in it).

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« Reply #40 on: January 22, 2012, 01:24:58 AM »

Waterford Hills 1971, Corvette Stingray #93.

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Waterford Hills 1972, Three Corvettes running in a pack.

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Waterford Hills 1972, The Mustang looks like it may be a car that ran in Trans-Am and the Javelin in the back may be ex-Penske.  Huh

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Waterford Hills 1972, A Stingray, a Lotus Super 7 and an early Mustang convertible. A Mustang with no roof or even a windshield just
looks strange to me. It obviously happened but I can't recall seeing another Mustang like this at the races back in the early '70s.

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Waterford Hills 1972, A C-3 Corvette, car #37.

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« Reply #41 on: January 22, 2012, 01:21:42 PM »

Fenders look wrong for ex-Penske Javelin but Boss 302 looks legit.

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« Reply #42 on: January 23, 2012, 01:20:52 AM »

Kent Field (Michigan), May 1964. Dan Gerber's winning A/Production Cobra with Jim Mederer's Cobra in the background.

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« Reply #43 on: January 23, 2012, 08:43:07 PM »

More from Kent Field, May 1964

Dick Doane's aluminum bodied "Chevette" sports racer.

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This shot shows the small block Chevy nestled inside the Chevette's engine compartment.

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Dick Doane was a well-connected Chevy dealer and successful Corvette racer.

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This looks like another Chevy-powered sports racer but not the Chevette. Anyone know what it is?

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Here's Doane's Chevette battling with the Dan Gerber Cobra.

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Doane's Chevette broke a lap before the end of the race and Gerber's Cobra took the overall win.

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« Reply #44 on: January 23, 2012, 09:39:27 PM »

More wonderful Ron Lathrop photos from Kent Field, May 1964.

Lew Draper's Corvette won the B/Production class.

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A.W. "Josh" Joslin's split-window Corvette.

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Joslin hangs the tail out a bit.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Ed Gelder's 1957 Ferrari 315S (s/n 0684) with Joslin in hot pursuit.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Gelder's Ferrari is a multi-million dollar car these days.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Another big-dollar car... Wayne Burnett's 1958 Ferrari Testa Rossa (s/n 0714)

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Wayne Burnett behind the wheel.

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Gerber, Doane and Joslin.

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And now, just for fun, a little Fiat Abarth Bialbero running in D/Production.

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VWs, Porsches and Corvairs are not the only production line cars with their engine in the back.

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Another look at the double-overhead-cam engine.

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« Reply #45 on: January 23, 2012, 10:17:07 PM »

That's the Campbell spl.  California vehicle featured in SCG...took a bad tumble at Santa Barbara ... then it showed in Michigan .. got names someplace around here ... more pix in Waterford
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« Reply #46 on: January 23, 2012, 10:24:46 PM »

Campbell Special was driven locally by Joshua Saslove
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« Reply #47 on: January 25, 2012, 03:23:52 AM »

Stunning photos. Thanks again Jon and Jerry Melton,
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« Reply #48 on: January 26, 2012, 10:24:09 PM »

Waterford Hills Regional 1968. Porsche 904s like this one ran in A/Production.

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Waterford Hills Regional 1968.

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Waterford Hills Regional 1968. Porsche 904 of Dr. Carl Armstrong.

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Waterford Hills Regional 1968. Might be Bill Petree's Corvette.

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Waterford Hills Regional 1968.

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Waterford Hills Regional 1968.

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« Reply #49 on: January 30, 2012, 12:47:03 AM »

Waterford Regional 1968. Big-block Corvette

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Waterford Regional 1968. Another view of the same car.

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Waterford Regional 1968. Big-block coupe vs small-block roadster.

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Waterford Regional 1968. Fully accessorized Mustang.

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Waterford Regional 1968.

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Waterford Regional 1969.

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« Reply #50 on: February 05, 2012, 02:20:26 AM »

Riverside 1979. Ex-Penske Camaro driven by John Schwarz (later Fred Galloway and Ken Epsman)

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Riverside 1979. Les Lindley in an ex-Roy Woods Camaro

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Riverside 1979. Les Lindley in the driver's seat of his Camaro.

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« Reply #51 on: February 05, 2012, 01:02:15 PM »

I would love to see more pics of the ex-Woods Camaro when Les Lindley owned it.
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« Reply #52 on: February 05, 2012, 11:43:54 PM »

Mike, I don't have any other photos of Les Lindley's car but I will see if I can get more from Tom or somebody else. In the
meantime, here are some photos from Laguna Seca.

Circa 1975, Neil Vanni's blue '68 Camaro in the corkscrew. I don't know who's driving the purple '69. Anybody out there know?

Courtesy of Neil Vanni

Circa 1973, Unidentified A/Production Corvette vs. an unidentified '69 Camaro.

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Circa 1973, Bruce Benninger's B/Production Corvette.

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Circa 1973, Bruce overcooks it coming out of turn 8.

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« Reply #53 on: February 11, 2012, 01:41:30 AM »

Neil Vanni's 1968 Camaro A/Sedan racer circa 1975. This was John Putnam's old Trans-Am racer in '71-'72.

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A shot of Vanni's Camaro on the grid at Laguna Seca. The car has a '67 grille in it but it is a '68.

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Vanni's Camaro was the A/Sedan champion in the San Francisco region in 1975.

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Here's the engine in Vanni's Camaro in the 1974 timeframe.

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Another look at the engine. Lots of interesting details like the alternator mounted up high using the smog pump
bracketry and also a non-deep groove smog pump pulley on the alternator with hand drilled holes in it.

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« Reply #54 on: February 12, 2012, 12:23:19 PM »


Photo by Paul Goodall
Long time Nor-Cal SCCA racer and friend, Mike Meek, notes the following about this earlier pictured Corvette:

"The black number 3 A-Production Corvette is Dave Mock. Probably the cleanest A-Production Corvette in the country at the time."
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« Reply #55 on: February 12, 2012, 12:29:20 PM »

Vanni's Camaro was the A/Sedan champion in the San Francisco region in 1975.

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And another addition from Mike Meek:

"If you look at the last shot of Neil's Camaro, you can see the back of my Corvette in the background.  If I could restore that car today I think I would leave the rainbow off.  I had a lot of fun racing with Neil back then."
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« Reply #56 on: February 12, 2012, 12:43:47 PM »

Neil Vanni has continued on racing, and his most recent efforts have been in Honda Civics.  Neil has run his Hondas in the SPEED World Challenge, and in NASA Honda Challenge.   My brother raced with him for a few of those last years in Honda Challenge.  Neil is always a friendly face at the track, and his cars are well turned out and fast. 
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« Reply #57 on: February 13, 2012, 02:15:11 AM »

Chad, thanks for your input and that of Mike Meek.

Below are some Jerry Melton photos taken at an 1969 SCCA National race at Michigan Int'l Speedway. Both Tony
DeLorenzo and Jerry Thompson went on to race Owens-Corning sponsored Camaros in Trans-Am the following year.


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« Reply #58 on: February 13, 2012, 12:23:53 PM »

Re: And another addition from Mike Meek:

"If you look at the last shot of Neil's Camaro, you can see the back of my Corvette in the background.  If I could restore that car today I think I would leave the rainbow off.  I had a lot of fun racing with Neil back then."


What's Mike up to these days?  I met Mike when I started crewing for John Treder & haven't seen him since we really got out of racing.............back when Jeff James offed his ex--Oji /ex-IROC Camaro to Mark Ruden!! 
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« Reply #59 on: February 13, 2012, 02:25:46 PM »

Photos from the September 1968 Nationals at Steel Cities Raceway in Ohio.


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Tech Inspector Bob Dunn going over a Corvette.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Tony DeLorenzo's L88 Corvette on the grid.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Tony's teammate Jerry Thompson in his '67 Corvette.

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Jerry Thompson.

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The GT350 of Sidney Finkel.

Photo by Jerry Melton

The race is underway...

Photo by Jerry Melton

The GT350 of John Mahler.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Tony DeLorenzo

Photo by Jerry Melton

Tony DeLorenzo

Photo by Jerry Melton

Ron Weaver's Corvette

Photo by Jerry Melton

Another shot of his car out on the track.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Bob Bienerth's B/Production Corvette, 327 powered.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Alan Barker's B/Production Corvette. Alan was a National Champion in B/Production and always fielded a competitive car.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Another shot of Alan.

Photo by Jerry Melton

The A/Production Corvette of William Matzen.

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Bill Schumacher's Corvette

Photo by Jerry Melton

Ron Weaver

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Bill Schumacher's Corvette

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Jerry Thompson

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Jerry Thompson

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The Yenko Stinger of Richard Fegan running in D/Production.

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Donna Mae Mims' Yenko Stinger but it looks like somebody other than her may be driving.

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« Reply #60 on: February 13, 2012, 06:28:02 PM »

That may be Ron McConkey in Donna Maes Stinger
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« Reply #61 on: February 13, 2012, 06:34:40 PM »

 Just a note on the Jerry Thompson & Tony D  Corvettes... Jerry was in B/P at that time. If I recall correctly, Tony led most of the Runoffs @ Riverside in A/P later , but was passed on the last lap by a 427 Cobra. I think Jerry was 6th in B/P
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« Reply #62 on: February 13, 2012, 11:04:23 PM »

The John Mahler GT-350 was originally owned by Arnie Fick from Chicago.  John Mahler sold it to Bill Paul and it was the last GT-350  to run in SCCA National competition into the 1980's.

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« Reply #63 on: February 18, 2012, 12:34:03 AM »

1972 Waterford Hills, Firebird driven by Milt Minter in SCCA Trans-Am races being driven in a Regional event by an unknown driver.

Photo by Jerry Melton

1972 Waterford Hills, Same Firebird as above.

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1972 Waterford Hills, Nascar "Grand American" Firebird, sister car to H.B. Bailey #36.

Photo by Jerry Melton

1972 Waterford Hills, Firebird Trans-Am vs Boss Mustang

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1972 Waterford Hills, Another shot of the Mustang. Anyone know the driver?

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1972 Waterford Hills, Mustang vs Stingray.

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« Reply #64 on: February 18, 2012, 12:59:24 AM »

1972 Waterford Hills, Two John Greenwood team Corvettes, #48 and #148.

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1972 Waterford Hills, John Greenwood's #48

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1972 Waterford Hills, Greenwood's Corvette has sponsorship from BF Goodrich Lifesaver Street Radials

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1972 Waterford Hills, Greenwood's 2nd team car (unknown driver).

Photo by Jerry Melton

1972 Waterford Hills, Greenwood's 2nd team car #148 can be seen running Goodyear race tires in this shot.

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1972 Waterford Hills, Greenwood Corvette.

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1972 Waterford Hills, Unknown Corvette driver.

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« Reply #65 on: February 20, 2012, 08:14:52 PM »

Waterford Hills 1972. Wide mix of cars from various classes.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Waterford Hills 1972. Shelby GT350

Photo by Jerry Melton

Waterford Hills 1972. Shelby GT350

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Waterford Hills 1972. Shelby GT350

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Waterford Hills 1972. #93 Stingray

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Waterford Hills 1972. #93 Stingray

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Waterford Hills 1972. Yenko Stinger

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Waterford Hills 1972. Shelby 289 Cobra

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John Greenwood's Corvette, which actually ran in Trans-Am in 1973 due to the new rules which were more in line
with the IMSA series, which had become more popular as the Trans-Am series lost the factory supported teams.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Waterford Hills 1973. B/Production Stingray

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Waterford Hills 1973. B/Production Stingray

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Waterford Hills 1973. B/Production Corvette

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Waterford Hills 1973. B/Production Corvette

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Waterford Hills 1973. B/Production Corvette

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Waterford Hills 1973. A/Production Corvette

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« Reply #67 on: February 28, 2012, 11:30:01 PM »

Warren Agor ran a 454 in his 2nd-gen Trans-Am car in 1974 because the 5-liter (305 cubic inch) displacement limit was eliminated starting in 1973. When the
Corvettes and Porsches were allowed in Trans-Am in '73, wheels went to 10" wide and the displacement went way up, that spelled the end of a great race series.

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2nd-gen Camaro of Paul and Kenper Miller ran a 460 cubic inch big block in the 1974 Trans-Am series. This car is the Todco-built Camaro
raced by Dick Brown in the Trans-Am series in '71 and '72. (Now owned by Kerry Hoctor)

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« Reply #68 on: March 14, 2012, 09:41:20 PM »

As promised, here are a few pics of my brother's 69 A sedan car.  It was built in the early 70s by Dick Fisher of Wisconsin.  I believe it ran its first AS race in 72, Central Division.  He won Cen-Div in this car in 1976.  This car is also registered with the Historic TA group.  TA-025, if I recall.  This car will be for sale in the coming months.

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« Reply #69 on: March 14, 2012, 09:45:17 PM »

Another angle....this car has a real 302, though not originally a Z/28.  He also has a genuine GM crossram that hasn't been installed yet.  Car is race-ready, just needs some minor tweaks to be "at its best" visually (paint chips, etc).  This car has been raced with Corinthian Vintage Auto Racing for the last 15+ years, one  of the most 'vintage correct' organizations out there. 

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« Reply #70 on: March 17, 2012, 10:26:49 AM »

As promised, here are a few pics of my brother's 69 A sedan car.  It was built in the early 70s by Dick Fisher of Wisconsin.  I believe it ran its first AS race in 72, Central Division.  He won Cen-Div in this car in 1976.  This car is also registered with the Historic TA group.  TA-025, if I recall.  This car will be for sale in the coming months.

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Just curious...  Who drove this car in the Central Division in the 1970's?  What was won in the Cen-Div in 1976?
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« Reply #71 on: March 17, 2012, 10:45:51 AM »

The car is painted "as raced" in '72-76...   Dick Fischer built/owned/drove... It won Cen-Div Championship in '76.   Was usually #18 or 81.     Was listed for sale in Autoweek after championship....   without the logbook in front of me, other owners were ( probably out of order)  Dr. Norm Hoeffleur (sp?)  O.M. Malsbree,  Dan Beatty, who brought it to Texas, painted it red w/ white stripes #70    I may be forgetting one, too....    Ken
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The car is painted "as raced" in '72-76...   Dick Fischer built/owned/drove... It won Cen-Div Championship in '76.   Was usually #18 or 81.     Was listed for sale in Autoweek after championship....   without the logbook in front of me, other owners were ( probably out of order)  Dr. Norm Hoeffleur (sp?)  O.M. Malsbree,  Dan Beatty, who brought it to Texas, painted it red w/ white stripes #70    I may be forgetting one, too....    Ken
 

Did it win the Cen-Div Regional points championship in 76?

My father won the Cen Div AS National points Championship in 1976 in his 1969 Camaro... 

He raced his 1969 Camaro in the Central Division from 1974 thru 1984.  His won the Central Division AS (and later GT1) points Championship in 1976, 1977, 1979 and 1980.  He finished 2nd in Central Division Nationl points in 1975, 1978 and 1981.  He finished 3rd in Central Division National points in 1974, 1983 and 1984, and finished 4th in 1982. 

He won the Runoffs in 1980, finished 3rd in 1981, finished 4th in 1977.  He competed in the runoffs in the Camaro from '74 thru '84 (except '82).

He won the June Sprints in 1977, 1979 and 1981....

(All in his 1969 Camaro).

All told, he raced from 1955 thru 1999....

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« Reply #73 on: March 17, 2012, 11:23:45 AM »

I'm away from all my materials, but the "photocopy" of the front of the trophy that Dick Fischer sent me reads something like " 1976 Central Division A-Sedan Champion"   with drawings and names of the tracks... I don't think Mr. Fischer ventured to any "national" races. The ad in Autoweek with the checkered flag photo reads basically the same thing...   I'm sure it was a "points total" regional Championship.    Ken   
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« Reply #74 on: March 17, 2012, 11:29:14 AM »

I'm away from all my materials, but the "photocopy" of the front of the trophy that Dick Fischer sent me reads something like " 1976 Central Division A-Sedan Champion"   with drawings and names of the tracks... I don't think Mr. Fischer ventured to any "national" races. The ad in Autoweek with the checkered flag photo reads basically the same thing...   I'm sure it was a "points total" regional Championship.    Ken   

I remember Dick and the car...  He must have won the Cen Div regional points Championship in 1976 - it wouldn't suprise me at all, as he was very quick.  It's a beautiful car!
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« Reply #75 on: March 17, 2012, 11:35:32 AM »

Thank You!  I've owned it since '91, TONS of work, $, etc.  everybody here understands all of that though!!  I love it, but sometimes things have to change..  Ken
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« Reply #76 on: March 17, 2012, 11:42:10 AM »

Ken, Thanks for the information on the car. Post some vintage pics if you have some.
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« Reply #77 on: March 19, 2012, 05:58:02 PM »

Here are a few interior and engine pics.  Sorry, he hasn't given me any of the vintage pics.

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« Reply #78 on: March 19, 2012, 06:04:10 PM »

Rear view.  12 bolt with Corvette discs, rear sway, panhard rod, and Konis.  I think the springs are Guldstrand.

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vintage Simpson fuel cell, Mallory pump and Fram filter. 
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« Reply #82 on: April 01, 2012, 12:05:58 AM »

I honestly don't know who's car that was but maybe David Pozzi will check in and let us know. I know he's registered with CRG.
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« Reply #83 on: April 17, 2012, 10:14:48 AM »

Hi guys!
Our 69 was raced by Geoff Knight, started out autocrossing in the late 60's then road raced with Cal Club (Southern California) & SCCA, it ran in a few Trans-Am races in the 78/79 seasons. It ran the last TA race held at Riverside Raceway just before it closed.
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« Reply #84 on: April 18, 2012, 07:49:42 AM »

Thanks for that information, David!
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« Reply #85 on: June 10, 2012, 12:49:45 AM »

Both John Silva's '68 Camaro and Hugh Harn's '67 Camaro seen in the photo below, ran in the 1970 Laguna Seca
Trans-Am. Here they are competing as A/Sedans in an SCCA National event on 6-20-71, which Silva won.
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« Reply #86 on: September 07, 2012, 08:53:51 AM »

Warren Fairbanks Camaro in the tech line at the 1975 June Sprints.

Warren is the taller man standing to the left of the car with Arnie Fick to his left and engine builder Read Sinclair in the lighter shirt. Sid Rust's Camaro can be seen just above the roof stripe of Warren's car.

The photo is taken by Jack Finucan, from the Mike Jarchow collection.
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« Reply #87 on: September 07, 2012, 03:03:01 PM »

in the photo of the fairbanks camaro at the june sprints you point out sid rusts camaro in the background. I read somewhere that the rust car was thought to be an ex chaparral camaro, is there any truth to that. also read somewhere else that greg pickett ran a x chaparral camaro in 1975. any one have any photos. I believe rust ran the car at the runoffs 73-75. jon, maybe this needs a separate thread on the chaparral camaros  and their history ?
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« Reply #88 on: September 07, 2012, 03:36:21 PM »

I had heard that it was an ex-Chapparal Camaro also.

At this race Warren was the fastest A Sedan qualifier with Sid Rust 2nd fastest.  In the race, Warren and Sid had a great battle until Warren's motor broke. It appeared it would be an easy win for Sid as he had a large lead in A Sedan. But everybody forgot about David Jungerman in the Baby Tenda Camaro (ex-Walter Parkins Camaro). David started dead last and charged though the field to catch Sid Rust and go on to win A Sedan.
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« Reply #89 on: September 07, 2012, 06:32:23 PM »

I had heard that it was an ex-Chapparal Camaro also.

At this race Warren was the fastest A Sedan qualifier with Sid Rust 2nd fastest.  In the race, Warren and Sid had a great battle until Warren's motor broke. It appeared it would be an easy win for Sid as he had a large lead in A Sedan. But everybody forgot about David Jungerman in the Baby Tenda Camaro (ex-Walter Parkins Camaro). David started dead last and charged though the field to catch Sid Rust and go on to win A Sedan.

Sid's Camaro was indeed an ex-Chaparral Camaro.  Prior to Sid, it was owned and raced in Trans Am by Marshall Robbins - maintained by Bill Spangler.  After Sid, it was raced by Jim Kersey out of Ohio, then was raced by Bill Cooper out of California.


Sid and his wife Nancy were amongst our very best racing friends over all the years.  As a youth, my very first beer and cigar were courtesy of Sid - at a small diner just outside Road Atlanta.  I was likely 15 or 16 at the time!  I have years worth of Sid and Nancy stories...  Does anyone else know that Sid once raced a turbine powered Sprint car?
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« Reply #90 on: September 07, 2012, 06:34:58 PM »

I had heard that it was an ex-Chapparal Camaro also.

At this race Warren was the fastest A Sedan qualifier with Sid Rust 2nd fastest.  In the race, Warren and Sid had a great battle until Warren's motor broke. It appeared it would be an easy win for Sid as he had a large lead in A Sedan. But everybody forgot about David Jungerman in the Baby Tenda Camaro (ex-Walter Parkins Camaro). David started dead last and charged though the field to catch Sid Rust and go on to win A Sedan.

I'd have to do some digging to remind myself the details of this race, but I do recall my father was running 2nd to Sid when retiring from the race with a flat left rear tire...
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« Reply #91 on: February 06, 2013, 03:58:22 PM »

There is an ex Jerry Dunbar Corvette race car now listed on ebay.

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« Reply #92 on: February 07, 2013, 09:51:54 AM »

There is an ex Jerry Dunbar Corvette race car now listed on ebay.

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The car started life as a 1968 Corvette.  Dave McLymont of Wheaton, IL started it's transformation into a race car.  My father and I finished it's construction over the winter of 1972.  We raced the car 10 times in 1973 in SCCA National Central Division races.  We won 5 races, had 3 second place fiishes, 1 dnf and 1 dns.  We finished 2nd overall and 2nd in B Production at the 1973 June Sprints to Bill Jobe, who was driving the ex-Alan Barker Corvette, and finished 2nd in the 1973 Central Division National points, to Mike Manner of Dearborn, MI.  At the 1973 B Production runoffs, we qualified on the front row, 2nd to Bill Jobe, in the first qualifying session.  We lost the motor in the second qualifying session and did not start the race.

The car was purchased at the end of the 1973 race season by Rusty and Max Schmidt.  They raced the car in SCCA and IMSA events for the next decade or more.  They still own the car to this day.  It is Max who has the car listed for sale on Ebay...  A lot of memories...
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« Reply #93 on: February 08, 2013, 01:24:58 PM »

Thanks for giving us the full story on the ownership history of the car, Scott. That's something I enjoy learning about.
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« Reply #94 on: May 26, 2013, 01:04:54 AM »

John Ryals built this '68 Camaro and raced it in Southern CA back in the 1972-1973 timeframe. He took it down to Mexico to race it
at an event at the Autodromo Monterrey and somebody bought it from him on the spot. He didn't even get to run the race with it.
John still works on old race cars and fabricates whatever someone might need. His shop is out in Santa Clarita, CA and he has a website
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« Reply #95 on: March 10, 2014, 10:20:54 AM »

Two photos of the Randall A/S AMC.(Hot Rod Yearbook)

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« Reply #96 on: March 11, 2014, 08:39:28 AM »

Thanks for posting, Robert.
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« Reply #97 on: May 07, 2014, 08:32:01 PM »

Listed as Texas' "Fastest 'A' Sedan", the Web Camaro:



WEB was a sponsor on the A/S Camaro of Tom States:


A close up of a WEB valve cover hold down.
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« Reply #98 on: May 08, 2014, 08:36:41 AM »

Robert, that's pretty cool. Thanks for tying that all together (the ad, the signage on the car and the part).
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