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« on: June 25, 2012, 12:30:38 AM »

A Motor Trend preview of the coming 1971 Trans-Am season, courtesy of Mike K (Swede70).






The AMC magazine "Americana" had this report on the Roy Woods team joining its ranks for 1971, courtesy of Mike K (Swede70).

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« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2012, 12:39:25 AM »

A preview of the prize money for the upcoming 1971 T/A season, courtesy of Robert Barg.
The race schedule ended up being revised from that shown below.
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« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2012, 11:59:54 AM »

LIME ROCK was the actual first race of the 1971 season. CP&A coverage provided by Robert Barg.
Of note, this is Parnelli Jones' last Trans-Am race.


































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More coverage of the Lime Rock race, courtesy of Mike K (Swede70)









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« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2012, 02:01:29 PM »

Bryar was the second race of the 1971 season. George Follmer took over Parnelli's place on
the Bud Moore team and made the most of his opportunity. All Bryar coverage below provided by Robert Barg.































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« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2012, 04:06:09 PM »

Mid-Ohio was the third race of the 1971 season. George Follmer won for the second race in a row,
putting pressure on the factory-backed Javelin team. All Mid-Ohio coverage below is courtesy of Robert Barg.
(except for Circle Track & Highway magazine coverage which is courtesy of Mike K, aka Swede70)





























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Color photo on cover is from Road America heading into turn 5 but coverage inside magazine is of Mid-Ohio.









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« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2012, 04:44:30 PM »

Edmonton was the fourth race of the 1971 season. A sparsely contested
event, Donohue returned to the winner's circle. All coverage below is courtesy of Robert Barg.





















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« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2012, 05:19:56 PM »

Donnybrooke was the fifth race of the 1971 season. A second win
in a row for Donohue's Javelin. All coverage below is courtesy of Robert Barg.



















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« Reply #7 on: June 28, 2012, 09:39:20 PM »

Road America was the sixth race of the 1971 season. Donohue makes it three wins
in a row to take a 6-point lead in the series. All coverage below courtesy of Robert Barg. Nice color photos
from this race can be seen here... https://www.flickr.com/photos/vintageracepics70/sets/72157632790539418

















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« Reply #8 on: June 30, 2012, 01:31:49 AM »

Le Circuit Mt. Tremblant (St. Jovite) was the seventh race of the 1971 season
and another victory for the Sunoco Javelin. All coverage below courtesy of Robert Barg.


























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« Reply #9 on: June 30, 2012, 10:31:23 AM »

As you can see, I got my qualifying lap in before it rained, and a few of the regulars got caught out.  It was my best Q position of all the T/A races.  Unfortunately, I had a flat at the far end of the track during the race, and had to come in very slow so I didn't wreck the wheel etc.  I probably lost 3 or 4 laps.

We were looking good for a top 10 but it was not to be.  As they say, that's racing.

That 1:46.1 by Donohue in qualifying - simply astounding.

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« Reply #10 on: June 30, 2012, 02:14:03 PM »

Watkins Glen was the eigth race of the 1971 Trans-Am season. This race marked
the return of Swede Savage to the series and he campaigned a Smokey Yunick Camaro
sponsored by, and built for, A.J Foyt. All coverage below courtesy of Robert Barg.

















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« Reply #11 on: June 30, 2012, 03:21:40 PM »

Michigan Int'l Speedway was the ninth race of the 1971 Trans-Am season. This race
saw Mark Donohue mathematically clinch the championship for AMC with two races left to run.
All coverage below courtesy of Robert Barg.



























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« Reply #12 on: June 30, 2012, 08:38:20 PM »

This is a great thread, Jon.  So much documentation on a year that doesn't get much attention from more current retrospectives.

And Robert, thanks for contributing so much to this effort.

-Chad
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« Reply #13 on: July 01, 2012, 12:27:41 PM »

Thanks, Chad. There does seem to be less knowledge about the 1971 and 1972 T/A events so hopefully we will get that remedied.

Kent (Seattle) was to be the tenth race of the 1971 Trans-Am season. It was cancelled because the
championship had been decided and the promoters probably felt like they wouldn't get a large enough crowd.
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« Reply #14 on: July 01, 2012, 12:49:29 PM »

Riverside became the 10th and final race of the 1971 Trans-Am series. George Follmer switched over from a
Mustang to drive one of the Roy Woods Javelins for this race and won it. CP&A coverage provided by Robert Barg.
























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