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Old 10-28-2018, 08:58 AM   #1
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The History of the Trans-Am Series

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We are going to look at what I call Gunny Style Racing today.


Balls Out left & right ultra high speed road racing.
High camber turns & Real Tricky Reverse Camber Turns.


Reverse Camber will kill you if your dumb.
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Full Danger Zone Racing at 20 Minutes Gunny.
Inside the Race Car.
7,000 -7,200 -7,500 RPM..!


Straight Line or Corners Its all Great Fun !
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Although I didn't race the Trans-Am series I did attend quite a few races in 1970. I had just moved up to a F/P Triumph Spitfire from a H/P Bugeye Sprite. This was the high water mark for the Trans-Am racers and many of the names continued well into the '70's and 80's. Mark Donahue, Peter Revson, Jim Hall (Of Chaparral fame), Dan Gurney, Sam Posey and even Steve McQueen had a run at it.

AMC Javelins did surprisingly well while competing with the Mustangs, Camaros and such. We made a trek to Mid-Ohio to watch one race but I forget who was there.

I was more of a sports car oriented kind of guy. Bugeye Sprites, Spitfires, TR-5 then a 2.4 Liter 911. The 911 is the car that I later took to IMSA. Because of some tired assed rules the 240Z Datsuns did a number on the Porsches. I raced against Paul Newman when he was drivng for Bob Sharp Datsun. He had all the money and didn't care how "dirty" he had to play to win.

I really enjoyed the Trans-Am cars but for pure noise and excitement the Can-Am cars were hard to beat. Now THEY made some noise and showed a lot of innovation. See Chaparral cars again.
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Although I didn't race the Trans-Am series I did attend quite a few races in 1970. I had just moved up to a F/P Triumph Spitfire from a H/P Bugeye Sprite. This was the high water mark for the Trans-Am racers and many of the names continued well into the '70's and 80's. Mark Donahue, Peter Revson, Jim Hall (Of Chaparral fame), Dan Gurney, Sam Posey and even Steve McQueen had a run at it.

AMC Javelins did surprisingly well while competing with the Mustangs, Camaros and such. We made a trek to Mid-Ohio to watch one race but I forget who was there.

I was more of a sports car oriented kind of guy. Bugeye Sprites, Spitfires, TR-5 then a 2.4 Liter 911. The 911 is the car that I later took to IMSA. Because of some tired assed rules the 240Z Datsuns did a number on the Porsches. I raced against Paul Newman when he was drivng for Bob Sharp Datsun. He had all the money and didn't care how "dirty" he had to play to win.

I really enjoyed the Trans-Am cars but for pure noise and excitement the Can-Am cars were hard to beat. Now THEY made some noise and showed a lot of innovation. See Chaparral cars again.
You Did Lots Of Kool Stuff With Race Cars Gunny !
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Still do but now it's limited to autocrossing and the occasional track day. I used to burn up all my leave based on race tracks and going to and participating as much as possible. I was at the Grand Prix race in Watkins Glen when Francois Cevert (Jackie Stewart's team mate) got killed. I've done a bunch and seen more. Now at 72 I think I'm starting to slow down a bit.

It's still fun to show up at an autocross and all the young guys are wondering who the gray haired old man is driving the big ole' Impala... When I beat most of the cars out there they are totally confused. You can actually see the WTF on their faces. ;-)
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Still do but now it's limited to autocrossing and the occasional track day. I used to burn up all my leave based on race tracks and going to and participating as much as possible. I was at the Grand Prix race in Watkins Glen when Francois Cevert (Jackie Stewart's team mate) got killed. I've done a bunch and seen more. Now at 72 I think I'm starting to slow down a bit.

It's still fun to show up at an autocross and all the young guys are wondering who the gray haired old man is driving the big ole' Impala... When I beat most of the cars out there they are totally confused. You can actually see the WTF on their faces. ;-)
I got a good laugh Gunny.
Just lots of Country blacktop roads here.
Highways also.
Got the 63 Gp back on the Road this afternoon.
Running great.
Super Smooth now like a C4 Corvette.
Old driveshaft long gone chucked out.

I can cruise now 90 -95 mph.
No shakes.
Always was there before.
Just got used to it. Blamed it on the tires.
Wasn't so....driveshaft at fault.

My TH400 & 3.23 Posi 9.3 diff.

Drove 30 miles today.
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Speedo is 20 mph slow at 60 mph.
Actually doing 80 mph.
Checked with Speedometer App on my phone.
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