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Re: 1969 Trans-Am season review
« Reply #150 on: December 28, 2012, 12:59:43 AM »
Thanks, Jan. I'm glad you, and others, are enjoying learning about the old Trans-Am cars and their history.
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Re: 1969 Trans-Am season review
« Reply #151 on: March 14, 2014, 01:44:31 PM »
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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Re: 1969 Trans-Am season review
« Reply #152 on: March 14, 2014, 08:13:28 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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Re: 1969 Trans-Am season review
« Reply #153 on: March 14, 2014, 11:15:53 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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Re: 1969 Trans-Am season review
« Reply #154 on: December 11, 2015, 03:59:13 AM »
1969 Trans-Am season review article from the December '69 issue of Motorcade magazine, courtesy of Robert Lodewyk.











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Re: 1969 Trans-Am season review
« Reply #155 on: December 12, 2015, 12:22:21 AM »
      Good stuff Jon this thread sure brings back a lot off great memories, in regards to the St. Jovite race Dick Hofman did not compete at the 69 race although I do remember crewing for him there in the later in seventies............ That weekend I was hanging out with the Rusty Jowett crew and I think they had a strong top 5 finish. My other memory from that weekend was watching Carol Shelby go into meltdown after the big crash wiped out both his cars that incident eventually cost Ford the championship.
    Attached to this post is an image of Dicks car at the Mosport race in 72 and another shot from the paddock at the 69 Riverside  ........ Footnote the gentleman on the left was a engineer from Ford keeping eye on his expensive camera equipment we were carrying for the race.

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Re: 1969 Trans-Am season review
« Reply #156 on: December 12, 2015, 01:46:35 AM »
satman,don't know if this has been posted here before ? here's a rare pic of Carroll Shelby, in the pits at Tremblant '69. Revson at the rear with the girls. scroll right & left for the whole photo. sorry 'bout the size ! (unattributed photo)

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« Reply #157 on: December 12, 2015, 03:16:49 AM »
          Mike great picture thanks for sharing .........According to a newspaper report from back in the day Shelby told his crew chief he wanted the wrecked cars back in California in by Monday morning or heads would roll..............I hope they had a fast plane.

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Re: 1969 Trans-Am season review
« Reply #158 on: December 12, 2015, 06:23:05 AM »
Thanks for the pictures.  Al, it doesn't look like your '72 Mosport photo attached itself. In your Riverside photo, what's the guy with the white hat and glasses holding?

The huge accident at the St. Jovite race certainly proved detrimental to Ford.  Penske got his opportunity to take charge of the series and he seized it.
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Re: 1969 Trans-Am season review
« Reply #159 on: December 12, 2015, 01:22:24 PM »
Looks like the photo above has Carroll Shelby and Bud Moore labeled backwards. Isn't that Carroll on the left and Bud on the right?
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Re: 1969 Trans-Am season review
« Reply #160 on: December 12, 2015, 04:21:40 PM »
Looks like the photo above has Carroll Shelby and Bud Moore labeled backwards. Isn't that Carroll on the left and Bud on the right?

You are correct.

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Re: 1969 Trans-Am season review
« Reply #161 on: December 13, 2015, 02:20:07 AM »
Sorry Jon,
         I must have exceeded my band width allotment, or perhaps the content was too risque for this conservative site. Yes I think we were having a little post qualifying celebration with the Ford boys, they had been trying to get race footage all summer but the independent  Mustangs they were using failed to make the show.
    Dick did an amazing job putting our car 12th in an extremely tough field, and we were in shape for a very strong finish but a myriad of problems changing the film in the antique 35 mm cameras during pit stops killed our day........... Originally changing film was not part of our agreement with Ford but they were so desperate for race footage I gave in and let them go ahead and make the change. As you know the race was a classic Ford Chevy duel but sadly for Ford things it did not end well .........
 After the race my friend Marc, Rusty Jowetts crew chief came by and tried to sell me their whole operation for $5000. sadly due to lack of funds I had to pass.......... As you probably know the Jowett team worked closely with Penske and while they were on the West Coast Roger arranged to have their engines tested on Traco's dyno and not surprisingly they came very close to the Traco numbers.

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Re: 1969 Trans-Am season review
« Reply #162 on: December 13, 2015, 04:04:05 PM »
Jon, thanks for resizing the pic of Shelby at Tremblant 1969. Al great photo of the Hoffman Camaro w Miss Toronto, nice graphics !

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Re: 1969 Trans-Am season review
« Reply #163 on: December 13, 2015, 05:20:16 PM »
Al, Miss Toronto is sure a lot cuter than Dick Hoffman.

That was a heck of a deal for the Jowett car at $5000 back then. It's too bad you couldn't make it happen.
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Re: 1969 Trans-Am season review
« Reply #164 on: December 13, 2015, 10:56:49 PM »
Al,

72 at Mosport would be the Mo Carter Charity unnoficial T/A race, so is that the 1st Hoffman camaro, which
Roy purchased and restored, and later passed thru my hands, or is that the 2nd Hoffman camaro?

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