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Race Car Preparation - '68 Trans AM Penske-Sunoco Camaro start-up at Borelli Motor Sports

The famous '68 Penske-Sunoco Camaro having work performed at Borelli Motor Sports. The car sounds as good as it looks! www.borellimotorsports.com - 408-770-1220 Borelli Motor Sports is a unique automotive shop that provides trusted and expert maintenance and performance modifications, race car rentals and services, and premier-class storage. Our knowledgeable technicians have a combined 75 years of experience and are unsurpassed in their specialties.


 


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





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.





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.





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.





THIS CAR MATTERS: 1968 ex-Sunoco Penske Team Trans-Am Camaro
Bill Bryan's Sunoco Camaro doesn't like to go slow--it was creatively engineered to defend the Trans-Am championship against Ford and Chrysler and is one of four Sunoco Camaros known to exist today. Filmed at the 2013 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance.





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.





Smokey Yunick 1968 Camaro Trans Am Race Car at Hot Rod - Eastwood
Visit Eastwood: http://www.eastwood.com 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 6
All the cars returning from their parade to Carmel.





Penske Hilton 1968 Camaro Trans Am Race Car 302 Z/28 at Hot Rod Homecoming from Eastwood
Visit Eastwood: http://www.eastwood.com Check out what may be the most famous Camaro of all time - the Number 6 1968 Penske Hilton Trans Am Series Z/28 Chevy Camaro that was originally driven by Mark Donohue. The Penske-Hilton team won 10 of 13 races in 1968. The guys at Eastwood were lucky enough to see the car in person at the Hot Rod Homecoming 65th Anniversary in Pomona in March 2013. Eastwood has everything you need to do the job right when you're restoring your car, truck or motorcycle. Media blasters, welders, plasma cutters, HVLP paint guns, paint, metal fab tools, hand tools, fender rollers, specialty tools and paints and much more! Eastwood has been helping the DIYer since 1978.





Smokey Yunick-klon, Kents Camaro -68
Det är världens mest berömda Camaro, trots att den aldrig fick tävla. Mekanikergeniet och uppfinnaren Henry "Smokey" Yunick utnyttjade varenda möjlighet och kryphål som fanns i reglementet för Trans Am-serien för att bygga en vinnarbil. Den var så snabb att Fords och Chryslers fabriksteam krävde att bilen förbjöds -- och så blev det. Kent Larsson i Arlöv har byggt en näst intill perfekt klon av Smokey-Camaron, med alla speciella tricks Smokey tog till, men tagen ett steg längre med 427 bigblock, sexväxlad låda och hydraulisk bromsservo, bland annat. Historien om den kan du läsa i Bilsport 22 som står i butik från och med torsdag 17 oktober 2013.





Historic 1968 Mustang Trans Am Race Car
Cruising through JBA's parking lot in a full race 1968 Mustang Trans Am runner.





The Professor Camaro dyno tune at Dakota Digital
Dave and Karen Leisinger's Professor Camaro stretches its legs on the Dakota Digital chassis Dyno. Warren Johnson Racing assembled the 500-in LSR engine. Watch for the car in Columbus competing for The Goodguys Street Machine of the Year award and dominating autocross events across the country!





JCG Restorations 1968 Camaro -- /BIG MUSCLE
Tucked away in a small industrial park in Oxnard, CA sits JCG Restorations & Customs, a moderately sized shop that has built some of the best performing pro-touring cars that we've ever driven. Now generally we don't focus in on shops, however when the owners of three of our best test cars start dropping names, we tend to listen. Originally we descended on JCG to drive Blu Balz, a stunning 1968 Camaro owned by one Karl Dunn. However since Mother Nature decided to water the Earth that day, we put our original plans on hold and got shop owner Cris Gonzalez to give us the in's and out's of what it takes to make a stellar pro-touring car.





Penske Camaro
1968 Penkse Camaro, no explanation necessary.





Historic Trans-Am race cars at the 2008 Monterey Historics
20+ vintage Trans-Am cars driving through the paddock on their way out to the morning practice session. Also some footage of the same cars braking & downshifting into turn 11 during the session. Crank the volume!





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