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.
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.
Trans Am racing 1970
Recently restored footage of a film called Trans Am Countdown made in 1970
showcasing the Javelin AMC race team with Mark Donohue and Rodger Pensky
Look at the clarity and color of this film even with major compression on
the web this looks fantastic like it was shot yesterday this come from the
original NEG and he complete film is available at www.carfilms.com on DVD