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« Reply #270 on: October 30, 2014, 10:14:21 AM »

While the pictures from my previous posts were from 1969, the next 4 pictures were taken at the Trans Am event held at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, California on April 19, 1970.
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« Reply #271 on: October 30, 2014, 10:15:06 AM »

More from Laguna Seca 1970
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« Reply #272 on: October 30, 2014, 10:16:49 AM »

The next 4 are from the Mission Bell 200 held at Riverside International Raceway in Riverside, California on October 3, 1971.
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« Reply #273 on: October 30, 2014, 10:18:26 AM »

One more from Riverside 1971

Is this one of the ex-Sam Posey Challengers?  I recall someone looking for a good picture of the car during its post 1970 season.
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« Reply #274 on: October 30, 2014, 07:07:50 PM »

Steve, thanks for the link to those great photos. I believe thats Dick Brooks in the #32 Brock Yates entered Challenger above. good pics of the spoiler less Chaparral Camaros, from '70. and the #88 Mo Carter ex Chaparral camaro from the 1971 event.

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« Reply #275 on: November 10, 2014, 09:33:41 PM »

Hey guys, Im not on this great site too often, so forgive me if this is a repost... Found a TON of TA and camaro pics here: https://revslib.stanford.edu/
Simply do a search for stuff like camaro, trans am, lime rock, 1968 etc etc... Again, sorry if this is a repost...cheers
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« Reply #276 on: November 10, 2014, 11:23:23 PM »

Thanks, Zombie. It has already been posted and we are aware of the website but for some of the newer visitors, it's not bad to be reminded of what a great resource that is for vintage car and racing photographs.
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« Reply #277 on: November 10, 2014, 11:55:01 PM »

Wow, outstanding images! Thanks for sharing. Great to see one of the old Autodynamics Challengers in privateer hands.

The #88 Mo Carter Camaro. Is this an ex-Chaparral car?

The #76 '69 Camaro is, I believe, Joe Chamberlain? Joe raced this car in NZ in 1972/73, just as he did his first '69 Camaro a couple of years earlier. 
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« Reply #278 on: November 11, 2014, 12:03:15 AM »

Harley Davidson legend Cal Rayborn raced a '67 Z-28 for a short time and had it entered in the '69 Riverside Trans-Am. It ran during
practice but for some unknown reason did not make the race.


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Fascinating image of Cal Rayborn. Thanks Jon. I didn't realise he raced a Camaro. As you rightly say, he was a motorbike racer, and a very accomplished one. He was killed in New Zealand in late 1973, racing a motorbike at Pukekohe, which is just as wild and bumpy today as it was back then.

He'd had a Lola Formula A/5000 car (ex-AAR John Cannon car I believe) shipped out to NZ that he was going to race in the Tasman Series, but was killed a week before the opening race. The Lola was later used to build an extremely radical Chrysler Valiant Charger sedan race car with tube-frame chassis and the motor in the back. It still exists today, still with the Rayborn Lola parts in it. 
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« Reply #279 on: November 11, 2014, 08:43:34 PM »

Steve, very interesting tidbit about Rayborn driving a F5000 car and perishing in an accident in the car down in NZ. I don't think I knew that fact. Thanks for the insight.
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« Reply #280 on: November 12, 2014, 09:15:55 PM »

Steve, very interesting tidbit about Rayborn driving a F5000 car and perishing in an accident in the car down in NZ. I don't think I knew that fact. Thanks for the insight.

Cal Rayborn died after being thrown from his motorcycle at Pukekohe (near Auckland) in practice for the main event. He was riding a two stroke (Suzuki from memory )and as they do sometimes, it went lean, seized and locked the back wheel. Having been used to 4 stroke bikes he wasn't used to having the clutch at the ready when the semi inevitable happened.

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« Reply #281 on: November 12, 2014, 09:58:17 PM »

Thanks, Bruce.  Steve said it right.  For some reason I just screwed up my reply.  It's all good now.  Grin
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