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The Cars of Mark Donohue

Some of the cars that Mark Donohue made famous. Included in the video are several of his Trans Am Camaro's, his Championship Trans Am Javelin, and the last car he ever won a race in, his IROC Porsche 911. Filmed the Mark Donohue Reunion at Road America during the Kohler International Challenge with Brian Redman, July 15, 2010. Visit http://www.prdaracing.com/ for more on this event.


 


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Trans Am Challenge
Mark Donohue and George Folmer battle for the 1971 championship.





1969 Penske Trans-Am Camaro
The 1969 Sunoco Camaro championship winning car. Driven by Mark Donohue the entire 1969 Trans-Am Season. It won six races and finished second in another two. The sister car, driven by Ronnie Bucknum finished 3rd in the Championship, and was later destroyed by an earthquake in Mexico.





Trans Am Paddock '66-'72 Sights & Sounds
Happy July 4th! If you have speakers plugged into your computer, turn it up. Hopefully you have a subwoofer, too! This footage is me walking through Vic Edelbrock's collection of vintage Trans-Am racecars as they're being prepared for the Group 7A races and enjoying the sights and sounds... The Trans-Am Series is an automobile racing series which was created in 1966 by Sports Car Club of America (SCCA). This was the proving ground for all American manufacturers to compete with race-modified production cars. It ran until 1972 when at the height of Richard Nixon's incompetence dealing with OPEC, we had a gas shortage which was compounded by an embargo levied against us. Syria, Egypt and Tunisia didn't really like Nixon re-feuling their arch-enemy, Israel. Rather than address the shortage, the auto industry was heavily regulated to curb consumption. Further restrictions placed on the oil industry by an other rocket surgeon, Jimmy Carter, left us unable to further develop our own oil supplies which cemented these changes to the auto industry. These events changed muscle cars as we knew them into complete turds for over a decade while US auto makers struggled with the regulations and re-learned how to produce decent cars again... but for the "pony cars", it was the beginning of the end. The oil embargo of 1973 changed the shape of not only the auto industry, but all forms of auto racing to follow. You used to be able to afford these cars. I remember when... back when I was in high school... But it's 2010 now. This race celebrates all the classic cars you've dreamed of owning or being seen in. These things auction in the 6+ figures now (because of their race history). Enjoy this parade of '60's and early '70's model Ford Mustangs, Chevrolet Camaros, Plymouth Barracudas, Mercury Cougars, AMC Javelins, Pontiac Firebirds, and Dodge Challengers. This event required that they be in their original race condition in order to run with the Group 7A cars, so the contest to follow is all about how much compression these 40+ year old cars have left, and who's driving it. These beauties have been meticulously preserved by the best collectors, engineers and mechanics in the industry. I hope you guys can appreciate it because this is off my normal subject material. I just wanted to change things up and post something American on Independence day. This one's for the Veterans.





Mark Donohue Javelin SST 1970 Stored in Trailer for over 20 years rescued unloaded forklifted
This is a video capturing the unloading of a 1970 Mark Donohue Javelin SST that was stored in a trailer for over 20 years. I was a little scared filming this as I did not want to be posting a video of the destruction of a 1970 Mark Donohue Javelin SST, personally I would have cut the roof off the trailer and taken the car out with a helicopter, not to worry though as there were 2 guys inside the trailer ready to catch the car if it fell or tipped over ...but alas, as risky as it was, a success!!!! 2 other cars were stored in the trailer as well, a super low mile Gremlin and I think it was a 1979 AMX, but this was the treasure we were digging for!!!!!! On the spoiler you will notice "401", this was originally a 390 and if I remember right it is a Big Bad Orange, Orange or Green, it was not a bad re-paint but the inside of the door jam reveals the original color, a nice find!!! The car is in fantastic condition! This was not accomplished on the first attempt, a few mis-fires happened but it all was okay in the end!





Mont Tremblant Vintage Trans Am racing
July 9, 2011 http://www.lecircuit.com/index.cfm





Mark Donohue Tribute - Take 2 (Edited and Produced by Robert Lavigne. Footage via Paul Powell)
http://forums.autosport.com/lofiversion/index.php/t117562-450.html Mark Donohue Reunion 2010 to be celebrated at Road America -- July 15-18 Press Release Mark Donohue: Technical Excellence at Speed by Michael Argetsinger Unfair Advantage Racing and Road America, announce the Mark Donohue Reunion 2010, to be held at Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, on July 15-18 in conjunction with the Koehler International Classic vintage event. The Reunion will celebrate the cars and career of an American racing legend, with a paddock display of many of the most famous cars raced by Mark Donohue. Confirmed cars include: the 1972 Indy-winning McLaren-Offy; the '73 Eagle- Offy Indy car; the 1972 Can-Am dominating L&M Porsche 917-10; the 1973 Can-Am champion Sunoco Porsche 917-30; all of the Donohue-driven, Penske Racing, Camaros and Javelins from the Trans-Am in the 1960s and early 1970s; the Ferrari 275 LM that Donohue co-drove with Walter Hansgen in the 1965 Sebring 12 hour; the Sunoco Lola T70 coupe that won the 1969 Daytona 24 Hour race driven by Donohue and Chuck Parsons; and the Lola T70 Spyder which brought Donohue the 1967 United States Road Racing Championship. Many of Mark's teammates from Penske Racing will be attending, including Karl Kainhofer, Indy Hall-of-Fame crew chief; John "Woody" Woodard, crew chief on the Porsche 917-10 and 917-30; Ron Fournier, Trans-Am builder; Chuck Cantwell, team manager; Don Cox, Penske engineer; and Judy Stropus, Penske timer and scorer. Another highlight will be a release of a new book from David Bull Publishing, "Mark Donohue: His Life in Photographs," by Michael Argetsinger. Argetsinger will be Master of Ceremonies at a Mark Donohue Tribute breakfast on Sunday morning, July 18. - Unfair Advantage Racing, Press Release Mark Donohue Reunion at Road America 2010 Footage courtesy of Paul Powell Edited and Produced by @RLavigne42 Name: Robert Lavigne Location: Toronto, Canada Web: http://rlavigne42.com





Trans Am Racing 1968
Excerpt of the 1968 SCCA Trans Am racing season from The History of the Trans Am Series 1966-1995 DVD. DVD available at www.transamdvd.com





A Lap Around Road Atlanta 1970 Can Am Racing
Oscar Koveleski pilots the Auto World McLaren around Road Atlanta in 1970. Oscar narrates this video around one lap. See this and more on the DVD 1969-1971 Can Am McLarens available at http://www.prdaracing.com .





Trans-Am Series Racing Cars: 2010 Monterey Historics Part 2 of 2: Track
1966-1972 Trans-Am racing cars on the track. Check this video too. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YruA8hxPgOA





Trans-Am Series Racing Cars Paddock 2005 Monterey Historics Part 1 of 2
Trans-Am cars in the paddock and leaving the paddock at the Monterey Historic Races in 2005. Penske Javelins & Camaros, Bud Moore and Gurney Mustangs, Sam Posey's Challanger, Jim Hall's Chaparral Camaro, Jerry Titus's Firebird, Smokey Yunick's Camaro.





1969 Trans Am Road Racing Donnybrooke Speedway
July 6, 1969 Donneybrooke Raceway Brainerd, Minnesota Trans American Road Racing Series short film. Thanks to 44THBG for the location.





1968 AMC Trans-Am Javelins racing.mov
Here's a clip from the ultra-rare 1969 product intro film "The New World of American Motors." This clip is from the original negative. The clip features Javelins competing on the 1968 Trans-Am racing circuit. Get the film for yourself on Torq-O's "The Late Sixties World of AMC" DVD at www.torq-o.com. While you're at it, check out the Javelin story at Aaron Severson's auto history site ateupwithmotor.com.





1968 Penske Camaro Race Car
This 1968 Penske Camaro Race Car was driven Mark Donohue. Mark was the first driver engineer to get into custom suspension and handling in extreme sport racing. Winning the Indianapolis 500 in 1972. Together Mark and Penske took racing to the next level.





1964 Cobra Racing at Laguna Seca
Jim Bouzaglou tackles the field at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the 2011 Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion. An incident with another Cobra on his first lap leaves him having to claw his way back through the field to regain position. This is an edited version of his first of two races from Saturday, August 20, 2011. The cars in this race are all part of Group 7A, 1963-1966 GT cars over 2500cc. Jim's car is #59, a 1964 Cobra 289 USRRC Competition CSX2484.





The mighty 917/30
also my favorite race car......





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