Smokey Yunick 1968 Camaro Trans Am Race Car at Hot Rod - Eastwood
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One of the most legendary race cars of all time made an appearance at the
Hot Rod Magazine 65th Anniversary Homecoming in Pomona in March 2013 - the
1968 Camaro made famous
by Smokey Yunick. Although Yunick never won a Trans Am Race in this car,
he did set numerous speed and endurance records. Do Yenko later purchased
the car and led it to Trans Am victories.
The car was altered in many ways, and much has been written about Smokey
and the tech inspections.
Yunick also built a 1968 Camaro for Trans-Am racing.
Although Yunick set several speed and endurance records with the car at
Bonneville Speedway, with both a 302 cubic inch (~4942 cubic centimeter)
and a 396 cubic inch (~6489 cubic centimeter) engine, it never won a race
while Yunick owned it. It was later sold to Don Yenko, who did win several
races. In typical Yunick fashion, the car, although superficially a stock
Camaro, had acid-dipped
body panels and thinner window glass to reduce weight, the front end of the
body tilted downwards and the windshield laid back for aerodynamics, all
four fenders widened, the front subframe Z'ed (to physically move the front
suspension higher and lower the front of the car) and the floorpan moved up
to lower the car, and many other detailed modifications. The drip rails
were even brought closer to the body for a tiny aerodynamic improvement. A
connector to the engine oil system was extended into the car's interior, to
allow the driver to add oil from a pressurized hose during pit stops. In
order to allow the driver enough freedom of movement, the shoulder harness
was modified to include a cable-ratchet mechanism from a military
helicopter. In 1993, Vic Edelbrock, Jr. purchased and restored the car.
Yunick grew up on a farm in Neshaminy, Pennsylvania and had to drop out of
school to run the farm at age 16, upon the death of his father. This,
however, gave him an opportunity to exercise his talents for improvising
and optimizing mechanical solutions; for instance, constructing a tractor
from the remains of a junked car. In his spare time, he built and raced
motorcycles; this is where he got his nickname, "Smokey," derived from the
behavior of one of his motorcycles.
Trans Am-Jim Hague '71 Javelin-Sept 25-27, 2009
Historic Trans Am group at the HMSA Coronado "Classic" Speed Festival,
Coronado (San Diego) CA.. Jim Hague , in the #2 '71 AMC Javelin, battles
for 1st place the entire race, in what turned out to be a 1-2-3 all-Javelin
finish. Clip is 1st 9 min of race #2...video courtesy of ManiMotorsports
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.