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.
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.
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 is the last Trans Am video I made at the 2008 Amelia Island Concours
d'Elegance (aside from when the selected award winning Trans-Am cars got
Monterey Motorsports Pre-Reunion August 13, 2011
Todd Westbrook shoots some footage at the Monterey Motorsports Pre-Reunion
at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on Saturday August 13, 2011
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"An Auto Enthusiasts Life"
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.
Hyundai Assembly 8 - Install Engine & Transmission
HehHEY! Look how long the video is. Time to free up the engine stand.
There were several modifications whose completion required installing the
engine and I wrap those up in this video. Stuff like the clutch
hydraulics, GM alternator B-terminal wiring, wiring harness, power steering
pump reservoir line, fuel system and radiator installs... all that stuff
needs an engine first. You already know what else is coming, you saw the
1-hour special (Hyundai Assembly 7). This is the other 9 hours of work
that follows it. Necessary stuff, but I've covered most of it before.
Please refer to the transmission series if you wish to see the slower
instructional version. The correct torques are listed for the various bell
housing bolts only because those are the ones that so many people get
wrong. I keep listing them because perhaps the repetition can help you
spew those specs and which bolts they belong to to someone who needs it.
I've been criticized (pretty sure it's all constructive) for spending money
on this car. I will have built one of the least expensive 12 second cars
of anyone else I know. I'm pretty sure I disqualified myself from the 24
hours of Lemons series ($500 limit), but none of those cars could take me
in the 1/4 mile. Yes I'll wager on that one with any car that has competed
in that series and can prove it. Win or lose, I'll film it and make you
famous. Anyone who's raced in that series can appreciate what I've done
here. Aside from a few recent engine management purchases, most of this
car is built from reconstituted scrap parts of other projects. One of the
upgrades we haven't talked about was a Christmas present. But all of those
parts are compatible with all 4 of my projects and can be re-purposed if
necessary. I needed a platform to test them on because I may decide to use
them on all of the other projects eventually. This isn't costing me money
so much as it's costing me time. I'm really happy with how it's turning
out, and there will be more to come, soon.