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
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.
SAAC Historic Trans-Am Race, 2010, Infineon Raceway, CA.
Jim Hague, driving Ken Epsman' '71 AMC Trans-Am Javelin, battles with the
lead pack...action picks-up @1/2 thru race til finish. SAAC (Shelby
American Automobile Club) National Event held Aug 27-29, 2010, Infineon
Raceway, Sonoma, CA.