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« on: July 30, 2012, 01:59:29 AM »

Stock Car Racing magazine's preview of the 1969 Trans-Am season. (Jon Mello Collection)










Various Competition Press & Autoweek articles prior to the start-up of the '69 Trans-Am season. (Jon Mello Collection)












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« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2012, 11:44:44 AM »

Although the Daytona 24-hour race was not on the official Trans-Am schedule for 1969, like it had been previously,
I decided to include it here because of the nice 1-2-3 finish for GM powered cars and the nice third place overall,
1st-in-class result for the Jerry Titus/Jon Ward Firebird. (Jon Mello Collection)





















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« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2012, 02:42:43 AM »

The photo of John Ward changing the rear axle at Daytona is a great shot. it is hard to make out, but the car has the chassis mounted watt linkage with the pyramid towers on the axle tubes. It is a Pontiac rear axle, not the Chev part, that the one time Camaro was originally built with. You can also see the double adjustable Koni shocks.
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« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2012, 03:53:17 PM »

I figured you would enjoy that Firebird photo, Bruce. Some good details there and not your typical on-track shot.

Here's more coverage of the Daytona 24-hour as found in Road & Track magazine, courtesy of Mike K (Swede70).






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« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2012, 01:57:39 AM »

Mid-January testing of the Penske Lola at Daytona plus coverage of the
'69 Daytona 24-hour from National Speed Sport News (Jon Mello Collection)

























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« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2012, 02:03:43 AM »

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The Titus/Ward "Firebird" is actually a '67 Camaro which got turned into a Firebird in late '68.







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« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2012, 12:33:27 AM »

More Daytona 24-hour race coverage from 1969, courtesy of Mike K (Swede70). Endurance racing does not have a
huge following in this country in this day and age but winning this race was a big deal back in the day.











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« Reply #8 on: August 07, 2012, 07:04:57 PM »

Corvette News coverage of the '69 Daytona 24-hour, courtesy of Robert Lodewyk.













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« Reply #9 on: August 10, 2012, 10:08:33 AM »

Rusty Jowett/Craig Fisher Camaro from the 1969 Daytona 24-hour race.


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Daytona 24-Hour coverage from the Washington D.C. Region SCCA newsletter "Straightpipe". (Jon Mello Collection)



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« Reply #10 on: August 10, 2012, 10:19:31 AM »

The Citrus 250 at Daytona was the debut of the Boss 302 in competition and also the start of the
Nascar Grand Touring (GT) series, which was Nascar's version of Trans-Am. Don Yenko won the
race in his ex-Smokey Yunick Camaro but there was also another ex-Smokey Yunick Camaro in the
race driven by Lloyd Ruby, car #25, and entered by Gene White Firestone. (Jon Mello Collection)









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Coverage of the race from Racing Pictorial.










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« Reply #11 on: August 11, 2012, 01:34:46 AM »

Motor Trend coverage of the Citrus 250. (Jon Mello Collection)



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More Citrus 250 coverage from National Speed Sport News. (Jon Mello Collection)











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« Reply #13 on: August 13, 2012, 12:26:06 PM »

More coverage of the Citrus 250, courtesy of Robert Byng.














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« Reply #14 on: August 16, 2012, 12:08:37 AM »

Owner Larry Drover's '68 Camaro as prepped back in Indiana prior to the Citrus 250. Obviously,
they had hoped to use the number 15, but the presence of Parnelli Jones in the Bud Moore
Mustang had them make a change to 05 for the race. (Larry Drover Collection)









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« Reply #15 on: August 23, 2012, 10:24:39 AM »

Citrus 250 coverage as found in the May 1969 issue of Motorcade magazine. (Jon Mello Collection)





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« Reply #17 on: August 23, 2012, 10:27:51 AM »

Coverage of the 1969 Sebring 12-hour race, courtesy of Robert Lodewyk.











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« Reply #18 on: August 23, 2012, 12:01:53 PM »

1969 Sebring coverage from Auto Racing magazine, courtesy of Mike K (Swede70).









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Sebring coverage from Car & Driver magazine, courtesy of Mike K (Swede70).









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1969 was the last year of the "Le Mans start" at Sebring where the drivers were not actually in the car to start the race. They had to run to the
car after the starter's pistol fired and then hopefully start the engine with no problems. Though they were supposed to belt themselves in before
taking off, it is well known that some drivers slipped into their belts after getting underway.

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« Reply #20 on: August 26, 2012, 12:48:00 AM »

Sebring program cover and results book, courtesy of Robert Barg.





























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« Reply #21 on: August 27, 2012, 01:00:21 PM »

More Sebring coverage from Road & Track (Jon Mello Collection)









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More Sebring coverage, this time from Racing Pictorial magazine. (Jon Mello Collection)



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« Reply #22 on: August 30, 2012, 10:30:48 AM »

Here are a few '69 Sebring photos which have been posted previously in the Robert Barg thread.


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« Reply #23 on: August 31, 2012, 08:32:53 AM »

Coverage of the '69 Sebring race as found in the Canadian magazine Track & Traffic, courtesy of Robert Barg.











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« Reply #24 on: September 01, 2012, 01:01:11 AM »

Various '69 Sebring newspaper clippings and other memorabilia from Robert Barg.







     











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Craig Fisher and Serge Adams' Camaro prior to the start of the '69 Sebring 12-hour race.

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« Reply #25 on: September 01, 2012, 01:20:36 AM »

1969 Sebring coverage as found in Competition Press & Autoweek (Jon Mello Collection).

























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1969 Sebring report by Ronnie Bucknum in Car Life magazine, courtesy of Robert Lodewyk.





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1969 Sebring coverage from Sports Car Graphic. (Jon Mello Collection)











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« Reply #28 on: September 05, 2012, 10:09:23 PM »

Right after the Sebring race, the Penske Lola and the transporter carrying it were stolen and both were stripped.
Roger, Mark and some of the other crew members had flown home but according to Donohue's book, The Unfair
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, Bill "Murph" Mayberry and Peter Reinhart stayed behind for an extra day so that Mayberry could meet
up with some friends of his at the Paleface Bar in Daytona on the way back. While they were at the bar is when
everything got stolen. The stripping of the car did not allow enough time for them to enter Le Mans with it, as had
been their plan. I'm not certain but I think this may have been "Murph" Mayberry's last job working for Penske.




March 15, 1969 ad in Competition Press & Autoweek (1 week before Sebring)


The above ad shows Jon Ward as the seller of the Firebird but Chris Economaki's article
below indicates that the car was owned by Terry Godsall just prior to Sebring.

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« Reply #29 on: September 06, 2012, 10:28:10 AM »

National Speed Sport News report of the upcoming opening race of the '69 Trans-Am season. (Jon Mello Collection)







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Here's coverage of the '69 Wolverine Trans-Am at Michigan Int'l Speedway as found in
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"From the Editor's Notebook" by Chris Economaki. National Speed Sport News May 14, 1969
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« Reply #31 on: September 07, 2012, 10:12:36 AM »

Here's a report on the Michigan race from Competition Press & Autoweek. (Jon Mello Collection)













          







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« Reply #32 on: September 07, 2012, 10:20:31 AM »

Much more coverage of the Michigan race, including many wonderful photos from Ron Lathrop and Jerry Melton can be found if you click here.
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Advertisement for the upcoming Lime Rock Trans-Am race. (Jon Mello Collection)
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Various snippets from National Speed Sport News, prior to the Lime Rock Trans-Am. (Jon Mello Collection)









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« Reply #35 on: September 13, 2012, 08:38:15 AM »

Car Life coverage of the '69 Lime Rock Trans-Am race, courtesy of Mike K (Swede70). Sam Posey
won this race as a substitute driver for Peter Revson. Most of the regular stars of the Trans-Am series
were running at Indianapolis since that race was the same weekend. This is the last win for the Shelby
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« Reply #36 on: September 13, 2012, 09:58:27 AM »

Some good info here.  Thanks.  Anyone have a lap time sheet for the 69 Michigan race?  Would love to see that....

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Road & Track's race report had these lap times listed...

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« Reply #38 on: September 14, 2012, 08:34:29 AM »

Lime Rock Trans-Am coverage from National Speed Sport News. (Jon Mello Collection)







"From the Editor's Notebook" by Chris Economaki
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« Reply #39 on: September 14, 2012, 09:07:16 AM »

Thanks for that little tidbit, John.   I knew the team Javelins started last, since they didn't arrive in time for qualifying.  However, there must have been something good going on for them to get up into third and fourth!  It may very well tell more of the story of Kaplan, the Javelins, and the reported 480 hp......MIS is a horsepower track!  :^)
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« Reply #40 on: September 14, 2012, 10:34:29 AM »

Thanks for that little tidbit, John.   I knew the team Javelins started last, since they didn't arrive in time for qualifying.  However, there must have been something good going on for them to get up into third and fourth!  It may very well tell more of the story of Kaplan, the Javelins, and the reported 480 hp......MIS is a horsepower track!  :^)

An unexpected and very detailed thread on the topic took form on the BOSS 302 Registry Trans Am board regarding the '69 RKE engine development program that contains much that is special.  See:

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« Reply #41 on: September 14, 2012, 04:51:19 PM »

Yeah, I was part of that convo a few years back.  I have all of those pics.  Thanks, though!

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Lime Rock Trans-Am coverage from Competition Press & Autoweek. (Jon Mello Collection)
































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« Reply #43 on: September 15, 2012, 12:00:09 PM »

CP&A article on Terry Godsall's frustration with the SCCA and its enforcement of the rules. (Jon Mello Collection)



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« Reply #44 on: September 20, 2012, 07:36:24 AM »

Mid-Ohio Trans-Am coverage as found in the SCCA's "Sports Car" magazine. (Jon Mello Collection)



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« Reply #45 on: September 20, 2012, 02:03:03 PM »

Mid-Ohio Trans-Am race report from my June 28, 1969 issue of Competition Press and Autoweek.













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« Reply #46 on: September 20, 2012, 02:07:10 PM »

Much more on the '69 Mid-Ohio Trans-Am race can be found if you click here
including the wonderful photography of the race by Ron Lathrop.
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« Reply #47 on: September 23, 2012, 12:27:07 AM »

Bridgehampton Trans-Am race coverage as found in Car & Driver magazine, courtesy of Robert Byng.







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« Reply #48 on: September 25, 2012, 07:59:09 AM »

Bridgehampton Trans-Am coverage from my 7-12-69 issue of Competition Press & Autoweek.
Mark Donohue started from the back of the pack in Bucknum's #9 car and finished in second.
Notice the first two rows are the factory Boss 302s. Very impressive performance by Mark.





















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Bridgehampton Trans-Am race coverage from National Speed Sport News. (Jon Mello Collection)





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Bridgehampton T/A report as found in SCCA's "Sports Car" magazine. (Jon Mello Collection)




More Trans-Am coverage as found in Road & Track magazine, courtesy of Mike K (Swede70).

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Coverage of the Paul Revere 250 Nascar GT race at Daytona from National Speed Sport News. (Jon Mello Collection)





National Speed Sport News column by the recently departed motorsport legend Chris Economaki.

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Selected pages from the 1969 Paul Revere 250/Firecracker 400 program. (Jon Mello Collection)












Paul Revere 250 patch from the '69 race
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Results and other tidbits for the '69 Paul Revere 250 as found in the '70 program. (Jon Mello Collection)







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Paul Revere 250 coverage as found in Competition Press & Autoweek. (Jon Mello Collection)

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Quite a bit of NASCAR heritage in that race.
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« Reply #57 on: October 04, 2012, 08:57:14 AM »

Fred, yes there are some legendary names in that Paul Revere race as well as other Nascar GT events.

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This snippet from Chris Economaki's column shows that Penske was really feeling the pressure to win the
'69 series. Not only from his own personal desire but I'm sure Chevrolet was applying some heat as well.
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A video of the '69 Donnybrooke Trans-Am race can be seen here.
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« Reply #59 on: October 05, 2012, 07:55:19 PM »

There is a lot to like about that video. Rumble seat AMX Pacecar?
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« Reply #60 on: October 06, 2012, 12:15:54 AM »

Yeah, the video has some great content. The AMX was a factory show car, if I remember correctly.

Here's a short Donnybrooke write-up from Car & Driver magazine. (Jon Mello Collection)

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« Reply #61 on: October 06, 2012, 04:47:30 PM »

Both George Follmer's Mustang and Larry Bock's '68 Camaro sustained damage in their crash but Bock's Camaro was really creamed.



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Donnybrooke Trans-Am coverage, as found in Competition Press & Autoweek. (Jon Mello Collection)

















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« Reply #63 on: October 08, 2012, 04:51:49 PM »

Donnybrooke Trans-Am.
A shot from the front showing the damage to Follmer's Mustang. Bock's damaged #11 Camaro is in the background with the hood up.


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Bryar Trans-Am coverage as found in National Speed Sport News. (Jon Mello Collection)
Mark Donohue's first win of the season and a 1-2 finish for Camaro closed the points gap considerably.








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Bryar Trans-Am coverage as found in Competition Press & Autoweek. (Jon Mello Collection)
This is the first race during the '69 season that the Penske cars ran without vinyl tops.
















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Bryar Trans-Am, a brief write-up found in Car & Driver magazine, courtesy of Mike K. (Swede70)



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« Reply #68 on: October 13, 2012, 01:21:26 AM »

Le Circuit Mt. Tremblant (St. Jovite) Trans-Am coverage. (Jon Mello Collection)
A huge crash wiped out 3 of the 4 factory Mustangs and Chevy won its second race in a
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Le Circuit Mt. Tremblant (St. Jovite) article from Car & Driver magazine, courtesy of Mike K. (Swede70).




The photo below was found in Road & Track Trans-Am coverage.

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« Reply #71 on: October 16, 2012, 01:26:26 AM »

Dick Hoffman is listed on the starting grid, but not in the race results - curious as to what 68 camaro he was driving, as H & H racing had sold their 67 by then.

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Was he not driving the car you and he shared that year, the ex-Mo Carter '67?
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« Reply #73 on: October 16, 2012, 09:19:10 PM »

I don't remember him driving  at St. Jovite, but will ask Al Richards (car owner) for some info.  I know I did not attend that race.

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Robert, keep us posted on what you find out from Al Richards.

Below is a photo of the Gagnon Spring Firebird during a Wednesday practice session for the St Jovite
Trans-Am race. This is the last known photo of the car before Jerry Titus took it out for a test run and
crashed it. There are conflicting stories about whether this car was rebuilt later or scrapped and several
of us here are working "behind the scenes" to see if we can come to a definitive conclusion. There are
a bunch of stories of cars that got wrecked in Trans-Am and were they rebuilt or were they replaced.
It's part of the "fun" of researching the old Trans-Am series. Lots of mystery and intrigue for those who
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Here are some Montreal Gazette newspaper articles (courtesy of Chad Raynal) which discuss the
midweek (pre-race) crash of Dick Brown's Firebird by Jerry Titus. The Firebird was replaced with
a '69 T/G Firebird and we're not sure of the details behind who paid what for the car. This
new '69-style car was orange rather than the previous yellow/green and research is pointing
toward this orange car being the car used by Guillermo "Bill" Ortega at the Wolverine Trans-Am
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« Reply #75 on: October 20, 2012, 11:26:47 PM »

The #3 Javelin of Ron Grable was one of the cars that was heavily damaged in the 8 car pile-up at St. Jovite.
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« Reply #76 on: October 21, 2012, 12:03:16 AM »

Here's a photo personally taken by Mike Scott (group/7) back in 1969 at the St. Jovite/Mt. Tremblant Trans-Am race.
It shows Donohue's car after rolling off the scales, which is part of the tech inspection of each car prior to the race.
Many thanks to Mike for sharing this with us from his personal collection.
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Watkins Glen Trans-Am coverage from Competition Press & Autoweek. (Jon Mello Collection)



























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Watkins Glen Trans-Am coverage from National Speed Sport News. (Jon Mello Collection)












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Watkins Glen Trans-Am brief reports from Car & Driver and SCCA's "Sports Car" magazine, courtesy of Mike K. (Swede70)




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Watkins Glen Trans-Am program. (Jon Mello Collection)
If someone has the entry list they could donate to the cause, please let me know and I will insert it here. Thanks.









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« Reply #81 on: October 28, 2012, 12:04:49 AM »

Mid-season report from the November 1969 issue of Stock Car Racing magazine.









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« Reply #82 on: October 28, 2012, 12:05:16 AM »

Some interesting Trans-Am news tidbits in the week following the Watkins Glen Trans-Am
including the news that Walt Hane was leaving his duty as the SCCA's chief tech inspector
to join the Titus-Godsall Firebird team as an administrative/technical head.

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Laguna Seca Trans-Am report from National Speed Sport News. (Jon Mello Collection)

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Laguna Seca Trans-Am program, courtesy of Robert Lodewyk.

























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Laguna Seca Trans-Am report from SCCA's "Sports Car" magazine. (Jon Mello Collection)
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« Reply #86 on: October 29, 2012, 02:27:22 PM »

A photo of the Gerry Gregory Z/28 heading down through the famous corkscrew part of the Laguna Seca racetrack.
This was taken during a practice session due to the lack of decals that were seen on the car during the actual race.

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« Reply #87 on: October 29, 2012, 02:36:19 PM »

Laguna Seca Trans-Am photos as found in the Sears Point program, courtesy of Robert Lodewyk.
Javelin returned to a two-car effort at Laguna Seca with Ron Grable staying in the #4 which he had driven at Watkins Glen.
Jerry Grant was brought in to replace John Martin but was put in Grable's old #3 car (which had been wrecked at St. Jovite).







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Laguna Seca Trans-Am article from the December '69 issue of Speed Age magazine. (Jon Mello Collection)












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Laguna Seca pace lap photos by Bob Tronolone.







Laguna Seca Trans-Am race report from Car & Driver magazine, courtesy of Mike K (Swede70).



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« Reply #91 on: November 01, 2012, 09:59:04 AM »

The September 3rd, 1969 issue of National Speed Sport News featured an ad for the Larry Bock/LarryDrover 1968 Camaro
which was severely damaged at Donnybrooke two months earlier. Not surprisingly, no mention is made that the car had
been wrecked and repaired. Bock drove a Dodge Dart in the Nascar GT series while Drover made the repairs. They replaced
the '68 Camaro with a '69 model for the 1970 Trans-Am season.




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The September 6th, 1969 issue of Competition Press & Autoweek featured an ad for the Firebird (ex-Penske Camaro) that
Jerry Titus wrecked at St Jovite a month earlier on August 1st. This was the Gagnon Spring sponsored car driven by Dick
Brown for Robert Gagnon. For some reason Dick Brown is the contact person in the ad even though it's Gagnon's car.
This is another case where no mention is made about an accident repair but the car has "new paint" as well as a new
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Seattle/Kent Trans-Am race report from National Speed Sport News. (Jon Mello Collection)
Sweet music to the Chevy lover's ears... "Chevy Destroys Ford Title Hopes".


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Seattle/Kent Trans-Am report from Speed Age magazine. (Jon Mello Collection)
This is the second part of the "Trans-Am Triple Play" article.







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Great stuff Jon.  Neat to see Jack Brady credited for these photos.
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Seattle/Kent Trans-Am program, courtesy of Robert Lodewyk.






























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Seattle/Kent Trans-Am report from Competition Press & Autoweek. (Jon Mello Collection)

















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Seattle/Kent Trans-Am coverage from Car & Driver magazine, courtesy of Mike K (Swede70).

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Seattle/Kent Press Kit, courtesy of Frank Dihartce.













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« Reply #99 on: November 09, 2012, 11:20:09 AM »

Rusty Jowett placed a for sale ad for his car in Competition Press & Autoweek after the Kent race.
The car was sold to Paul Nichter who ran the Trans-Am series with it for the following several years.

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Sears Point Trans-Am report as found in Car & Driver magazine, courtesy of Mike K (Swede70).

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Sears Point Trans-Am report from Speed Age magazine. (Jon Mello Collection)
This is the third part of the "Trans-Am Triple Play" article.

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Sears Point Trans-Am report from National Speed Sport News. (Jon Mello Collection)



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Sears Point Trans-Am program, courtesy of Robert Lodewyk.





















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« Reply #104 on: November 11, 2012, 10:44:57 AM »

very cool pic of james garner with the sunoco camaro at sears point from the program for that event. this is mentioned in the donohue technical excellence at speed book on page 169. I wonder if garner actually drove the car ?
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I agree that it's neat seeing James Garner with the Sunoco Camaro. The "Technical Excellence at Speed" book does not definitively state whether he did or did not drive the car. Based on how it is written in the program, it appears that he did. Garner was at Sears Point filming scenes for his racing movie called "The Racing Scene" which was incorrectly identified as "In The Scene" in Michael Argetsinger's book. The movie was an attempt to document the exploits of Garner's A.I.R. racing team and did not end up getting released. I do feel fortunate to have seen a screening of the movie at the first Riverside Raceway Museum event two or three years ago.
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« Reply #107 on: November 12, 2012, 11:14:53 AM »

How is the Sears Point track layout different to-day compared to the T/A race in 69?  I'm trying to compare the lap times of the HTA gang that ran at the Festival this year.

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« Reply #108 on: November 12, 2012, 03:33:14 PM »

Hello Robert,

Though Sears Point has been changed much less than so many others, including Laguna Seca... It's still been altered a bit.  Most of the changes have come in the last 20 years, where the drag strip is no longer used between turns 11 and 2, and the overall approach and shape of turn 7.  Turn 7 has a couple different configs that can be run today, even when you're not running the NASCAR short shoot.  

There are probably more changes that someone more familiar with the track could explain, but those that I note can be seen in red below.

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Laguna Seca (and earlier) Trans-Am coverage as found in Road & Track, courtesy of Mike K (Swede70).



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« Reply #110 on: November 12, 2012, 06:05:30 PM »

I'm just trying to figure out if to-day's lap times compare to those of 69.  I never got to race there, but I understand it is a challenging track.

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« Reply #111 on: November 13, 2012, 11:04:41 AM »

Robert, the track doesn't look like it has changed too much from the original layout. I'd have to think the time would be pretty comparable between 1969 and now.
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« Reply #112 on: November 13, 2012, 07:02:58 PM »

Robert,
Having run Sears Point in regional races in the 80's, before they modified it, (mostly due to Nascar) I can tell you that they straightened out the es turns between 7 and 8, 8A  They also narrowed the front straight quite a bit.  We used to share a large portion of the Dragstrip there and now it is a completely separate entity. Turn 4 used to be a blind corner (the hill was in the way) but they moved all the dirt away so you can see around it now. Lap times were very similar but both tires and suspensions have improved a bunch since then so it's kinda like comparing apples to oranges.  I was looking at the times as well Robert and I can tell you I had the lap record for ITA (for a while anyway) at 1:59. Mazda RX3 with suspension mods, Yokohama A008's, no engine mods.  So these guys were hauling butt back in 69'.

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Mike, thanks for your input and for straightening me out on my incorrect assumption. I also got the following input from Gary Goeringer who drives the ex-Bill Maier '68 Mustang in the Historic Trans-Am Group.

"The track has changed quite a bit since it first opened.  Just a few of the changes:  The front straight has been narrowed and realigned to prevent crossing over the drag strip, T1 also had to be modestly realigned to accommodate the changes in the straight.  The camber of T5 was changed significantly when the NASCAR extension was installed....... and (IMHO) the biggest change was to the configuration of T7--there is now two used configurations of various lengths and corresponding apexes, exit widths--it makes a big difference for me.

Parnelli's pole time in '69 of a 1:45 is clearly 'flying'.   I'm not sure Epsman's ex-Follmer Javelin with Kenny on board (the fastest driver/car combo in the group) could come close.   To put it in real world terms, and this isn't a comparison to PJ, I can turn 1:54s pretty much all day.  On a 'flyer', I have been to the high 1:51 range once or twice, but generally, in the 1:52s.   Kenny's is generally about 2-3 seconds faster--that would put him in the 1:48-1:49 range.   And remember, our tires are WAY BETTER (and way smaller) than what was on the cars in '69.  Bill Maier's best times (that I have seen), were mostly in the 1:58-2:00 range--with slicks!!!"
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Sears Point and Riverside Trans-Am coverage as found in Car Life magazine, courtesy of Mike K (Swede70).













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Riverside Trans-Am coverage as found in National Speed Sport News. (Jon Mello Collection)







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The 1969 Riverside Trans-Am program from the Bob Sanders Collection, courtesy of Robert Lodewyk.
Note, the layout of the track was changed beginning in '69 and there was a larger radius curve now
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Riverside Trans-Am race report from Competition Press & Autoweek. (Jon Mello Collection)






























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Riverside Trans-Am race report as found in Sports Car Graphic. (Jon Mello Collection)







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Riverside Trans-Am turn 7, George Follmer leads Ronnie Bucknum and others.
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Mark Donohue ahead of Roy Woods. This is early in the race since there is no damage to the front end of Donohue's car.
Parnelli and Mark got in two "on-track altercations" with one another which ultimately put PJ's Mustang out of the race.
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Riverside Trans-Am turn 7, Ron Grable's Javelin leads the Camaros of Rusty Jowett and Roy Woods.
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Riverside Trans-Am, Mark Donohue pit stop shows a bit of the damage that occured when he and Parnelli collided.
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Riverside Trans-Am, Ron Grable's Javelin has spun around backwards in turn 6 as Bill Pendleton (driving Ken Deckman's '67 Z-28) goes by.
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Riverside Trans-Am, George Follmer's Mustang is shown after ramming the end of the pit wall.
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Riverside Trans-Am, George Follmer's Mustang leads Peter Revson and Ronnie Bucknum.
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Riverside Trans-Am, Jerry Titus' Firebird in turn 7.
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Riverside Trans-Am, Mark Donohue's Camaro in turn 7A.
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Riverside Trans-Am, the AMC Javelin team prior to the race.
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He's got a little something-something on that fender flare!! Grin

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Riverside Trans-Am, Mark Donohue and Parnelli Jones in one of their classic battles.
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« Reply #131 on: November 25, 2012, 12:56:39 AM »

Riverside Trans-Am.  Here, the order is reversed.
I don't recall seeing Parnelli's name on the back of the car before. It might have only been that way at Riverside.
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« Reply #132 on: November 25, 2012, 02:02:55 AM »

Was Riverside early in the year? I ask that because Parnelli's car did not use that flapper fuel filler for long. Most pictures show the big aluminum lid with the knob on it. It also appears to be missing the two chrome marker bezels that they used as fuel tank vents above the stock gas cap location. The white part of the roof is very wide on this car too. Also has a chrome bumper, some were black but I think they put steel ones on the rear to balance out the weight. There is actually a factory light weight steel front bumper for sale on ebay right now.
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I see Riverside was the last race, maybe this was the newest fuel filler version.
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The Mustangs used several different fuel filler styles during '69 but I think this downward flapper style was just used at Riverside for the last race of the season. Of course, in 1970 the SCCA outlawed these kind of gas fillers so this looks like a one-shot deal in the case of the Mustangs . Notice that Peter Revson's #1 Mustang also has the flapper style fuel filler (in the picture I posted in reply #125).
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« Reply #136 on: November 28, 2012, 10:41:37 AM »

National Speed Sport News indicates Penske is in negotiations with AMC to run Javelins in 1970.
This is barely a week after Riverside.

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Season Review from Road & Track magazine, courtesy of Mike K (Swede70).





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Even before the '69 Trans-Am season ended, Penske was in negotiations with AMC to drive Javelins
for the 1970 season. It certainly made sense from a financial standpoint since Chevrolet could only
offer technical assistance with no money to back it up. This report from National Speed Sport News
shows the Penske to AMC deal was completed two weeks after the last race at Riverside. The deal
for Dan Gurney to drive for Plymouth happened equally fast.










From Chris Economaki's editorial column, same issue of NSSN...


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The same news is a little later coming out in the Competition Press & Autoweek issue. (Jon Mello Collection)







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« Reply #139 on: December 03, 2012, 12:18:09 PM »

Some interesting prospects for who might be running the '70 Trans-Am season before October '69 is even over. (Jon Mello Collection)
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« Reply #140 on: December 04, 2012, 08:35:53 AM »

More news from the Nov 5, 1969 issue of NSSN. (Jon Mello Collection)













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« Reply #141 on: December 05, 2012, 11:44:39 AM »

News items from the Nov 12, 1969 issue of NSSN. (Jon Mello Collection)
Ford racing budget cuts knock out the chance of Fred Lorenzen racing in Trans-Am.



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« Reply #142 on: December 06, 2012, 09:58:25 AM »

The November 19, 1969 issue of NSSN has some news about Chrysler and AMC entries for the 1970 season. (Jon Mello Collection)








Dick Guldstrand has moved as of mid-November '69 to a new location next to Traco.
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The November 26, 1969 issue of NSSN had some information Penske Javelin testing and some other tidbits. (Jon Mello Collection)





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« Reply #144 on: December 10, 2012, 12:14:56 AM »

The 12-3-69 issue of National Speed Sport News reports that the Owens-Corning Corvette racing duo of
Tony DeLorenzo and Jerry Thompson are going to race a pair of new Camaros in the 1970 Trans-Am series.









Other interesting T/A tidbits found in the same issue of NSSN...



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The 11-29-69 issue of Competition Press & Autoweek also covered the Owens-Corning news.



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« Reply #145 on: December 11, 2012, 09:47:02 AM »

The 12-10-69 isssue of NSSN reports that Jim Hall will campaign a Camaro in Trans-Am for the 1970 season.



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« Reply #146 on: December 12, 2012, 08:05:52 AM »

The 12-17-69 isssue of NSSN reports that Peter Revson has signed on as a second driver
for the Penske Javelin team and Don Yenko has won an award for outstanding driver.



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« Reply #147 on: December 14, 2012, 09:25:48 PM »

does anybody know of any photos of john cannon in his one off drive in the #16 bud moore mustang at lime rock..69 ?

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« Reply #148 on: December 15, 2012, 01:04:51 AM »

Mike, I have never seen a photo of John Cannon driving the Bud Moore #16 car at Lime Rock. I have wanted to,
since it was a one-off drive for him, but so far no luck finding a picture.

Here are a few news items from the 12-24-69 issue of NSSN. (Jon Mello Collection)
David Pearson is choosing not to defend his 1969 Nascar championship by running only part of the schedule for
the 1970 season. He was hoping to be Parnelli's teammate in Trans-Am but apparently Ford didn't want to pay
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« Reply #149 on: December 27, 2012, 11:30:56 AM »

Thanks Jon for posting all this.

Very interesting to read.

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« Reply #150 on: December 27, 2012, 07:59:43 PM »

Thanks, Jan. I'm glad you, and others, are enjoying learning about the old Trans-Am cars and their history.
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« Reply #151 on: March 14, 2014, 08:44:31 AM »

I just added the 1969 Kent 300 Trans-Am press kit in reply #98 on page 7 of this thread.
This comes from the collection of Frank Dihartce. Thanks for sharing it with us, Frank!
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« Reply #152 on: March 14, 2014, 03:13:28 PM »

Really having a ball reading and looking at all the memorabilia. Never ever had an opportunity to go to anything like this type racing and can't even remember if it was ever televised, it must have been a ball. Question, were all the Camaros true Z28's or just Camaro's in general?
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« Reply #153 on: March 14, 2014, 06:15:53 PM »

I'm glad you are enjoying this stuff. That's a big part of why it's being posted.

Many of the cars were true Z/28s and some were just Camaros or bodies-in-white that were upgraded/modified. Just as a guess, it might be about a 50-50 mix over the course of the '67-'72 timeframe.
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