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.
Mark Donohue Tribute - Take 2 (Edited and Produced by Robert Lavigne. Footage via Paul Powell)
Mark Donohue Reunion 2010 to be celebrated at Road America -- July 15-18
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
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,
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.
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.
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
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
Sunoco Camaro Celebrates a Tribute to Trans Am Racing at The Petersen Automotive Museum
Come to the Tribute to Trans Am Racing at The Petersen Automotive Museum
Thursday, November 12 to see this legendary car and its peers, meet Trans
Am racing icons, and hear how they bent the rules, plus cocktails, dinner,
an auction of Trans Am memorabilia, a short film, and more! Trans Am race
cars will also be on display from November 12 - December 13! Tickets are
available at: www.petersen.org
PORSCHE 917 Can Am Championship Winning Race Car
First turbo charged race car from
Porsche, crushed competition of the day. Driven by George Follmer and Mark
Donohue for Penske Racing. Sold at auction in Monterey, California in 2012
for $5 million. DP Jeff Regan, Gaffer Joseph Farfone, Editor Phil Yunker
Patrick Long Racing Vintage Porsche 911
Patrick Long (Factory Porsche Driver) Racing in VARA's 2 hour Enduro. Co
driver and car owner Chad Plavan handed the car off to Patrick after the
first 45min in 2nd place. Watch the master at work in a 1969 911E 2.5L
without any aerodynamics, 225/50 R15 tires. Willow Springs