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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.


 


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Trans-Am Group 7A Race at Laguna Seca
Pardon the shakes. I traveled 3200 miles to see this and I don't carry a tripod on this trek. I've cut out some of the panning, but how often do you get to see these kinds of cars actually racing the way they were intended to be raced? Enjoy the thoroughbreds! 2010 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion Final standings... 1 77 Ken Epsman Saratoga, CA 1970 Dodge Challenger 5000cc 8 01:40.792 4 2 2 Jim Hague Saratoga, CA 1971 AMC Javelin 5000cc 8 01:41.757 3 3 64 Chad Raynal San Jose, CA 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 5000cc 7 01:42.643 7 4 102 2-Bruce Canepa Scotts Valley, CA 1969 Ford Mustang 4949cc 5 01:42.888 5 5 22 Gary Goeringer Nipomo, CA 1968 Ford Mustang 5000cc 7 01:43.398 2 6 113 13-Tomy Drissi Los Angeles, CA 1970 Chevrolet Camaro 4998cc 7 01:43.527 6 7 28 Gregory Weirick Malibu, CA 1970 Chevrolet Camaro 5000cc 7 01:44.253 6 8 57 Forrest Straight Mountain View, CA 1970 Ford Boss 302 Mustang 5000cc 6 01:44.370 2 9 42 Andy Boone Laguna Beach, CA 1970 Plymouth Barracuda 4983cc 7 01:44.447 4 10 201 1-Dan Walters Morgan Hill, CA 1972 AMC Javelin 5000cc 6 01:44.664 5 11 5 Michael Eisenberg Northridge, CA 1963 Ford Falcon Sprint 4737cc 7 01:44.996 3 12 45 Ken Adams Gilroy, CA 1969 Ford Boss 302 Mustang 4949cc 7 01:45.106 3 13 48 Craig H. Jackson Scottsdale, AZ 1970 Plymouth Barracuda 5000cc 7 01:45.120 7 14 71 Jeffrey H. Stout Manhattan Beach, CA 1970 Chevrolet Camaro 5000cc 7 01:45.121 5 15 1 Jim Click Tucson, AZ 1969 Ford Boss 302 Mustang 4998cc 5 01:45.172 3 16 30 Arthur Miller Santa Barbara, CA 1967 Chevrolet Camaro 5000cc 7 01:45.181 5 17 128 28-Nick DeVitis Sammamish, WA 1968 Ford Mustang 4949cc 7 01:45.766 3 18 15 Patrick S. Ryan Asheville, NC 1967 Chevrolet Camaro 5000cc 7 01:45.793 5 19 11 Stephen Sorenson Morgan Hill, CA 1970 Chevrolet Camaro 5000cc 7 01:46.401 6 20 215 15-Daniel Lipetz Vancouver, BC 1970 Ford Boss 302 Mustang 4950cc 6 01:47.353 3 21 41 Robert Canepa Diablo, CA 1970 Ford Boss 302 Mustang 5000cc 6 01:47.380 4 22 115 15-Brian Ferrin Sonoma, CA 1970 Ford Boss 302 Mustang 5000cc 7 01:47.946 5 23 89 Allen Denson Orange, CA 1966 Ford Mustang 4736cc 7 01:48.282 5 24 25 Craig Conley Rancho Santa Fe, CA 1970 Ford Boss 302 Mustang 5000cc 7 01:48.617 6 25 72 John Kiland Henderson, NV 1969 Chevrolet Camaro 5000cc 7 01:48.672 7 26 13 Christi Edelbrock Torrance, CA 1968 Chevrolet Camaro 5000cc 7 01:48.882 6 27 83 Gordon Gimbel Roseville, CA 1969 Ford Boss 302 Mustang 5000cc 7 01:49.262 5 28 67 John Linfesty Santa Monica, CA 1968 Chevrolet Camaro 4998cc 7 01:49.349 7 29 116 16-Donald Lee Portola Valley, CA 1968 Chevrolet Camaro 5000cc 7 01:49.566 6 30 16 Vic Edlebrock Torrance, CA 1969 Ford Boss 302 Mustang 5000cc 5 01:50.138 3 31 7 Tony Hart Moorpark, CA 1967 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 5000cc 7 01:50.415 6 32 96 Ron Tribble Roseburg, OR 1967 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 5000cc 7 01:51.430 7 33 248 48-Roger Williams San Diego, CA 1970 Chevrolet Camaro 5000cc 3 01:53.671 2 34 101 1-Jimmy Castle, Jr. Monterey, CA 1970 Chevrolet Camaro 5000cc 5 01:53.859 3 35 216 16-A. Ross Myers Boyertown, PA 1970 Ford Mustang 4998cc 7 01:55.118 7 36 202 2-William L. Ockerlu Holland, MI 1968 Ford Mustang 5000cc 7 01:55.545 3 37 78 Michael S. Martin San Juan Capistrano, C1970 Ford Boss 302 Mustang 4949cc 6 01:58.237 5 38 6 Tom McIntyre Burbank, CA 1968 Chevrolet Camaro 5000cc 39 31 Walt Boeninger Saratoga, CA 1967 Shelby Trans Am 4998cc 40 56 Tomy Drissi Northridge, CA 1967 Chevrolet Camaro 5000cc 41 98 Chris Liebenberg Boyertown, PA 1967 Mercury Cougar 4998cc 42 111 11-Norman Daniels Vancouver, WA 1968 Chevrolet Camaro 5000cc 43 148 48-Lance Smith San Diego, CA 1970 Chevrolet Camaro 5000cc





Calculate Your Compression Ratio
This is everything you need to do to calculate your compression ratio. No foolin'. Every equation and process demonstrated. Find all your variables. Know your exact compression ratio in every cylinder. This is how you do it. Just because your service manual says your car is 7.8:1 or 8.5:1 compression doesn't mean that it is. Whenever there are casting irregularities, variations in piston height, parts that have been machined, non-OE parts, or changes to your head gasket selection, your compression ratio WILL change. It's highly probable that you're only CLOSE to spec if you've never touched your engine at all since it was "born", and that it doesn't MATCH spec. Even if it did, how would you know? This. 5 variables. V1 Swept Volume V2 Deck Volume V3 Piston-to-deck clearance V4 Piston dish cc's V5 Head combustion chamber cc's The ratio math: V1+V2+V3+V4+V5 = volume of combustion chamber at BDC V2+V3+V4+V5 = volume of combustion chamber at TDC The ratio is... (V1+V2+V3+V4+V5) ÷ (V2+V3+V4+V5) : (V2+V3+V4+V5) ÷ (V2+V3+V4+V5) or BDC ÷ TDC : TDC ÷ TDC First you fill in the variables, then you calculate volumes, then you add the volumes, then you reduce the ratio (fraction). It's that easy. Here are your magic numbers: 0.7854 = Pi quartered to the ten thousandth 16.387 = number of cc's in a cubic inch. If you divide any number in cc's by 16.387 it gives you inches. If you multiply any number in cubic inches by 16.387 it gives you cc's. Quartering pi lets you use the calculation: BORE x BORE x STROKE x .7854 = volume of a cylinder instead of... π x (BORE ÷ 2) x (BORE ÷ 2) x STROKE = volume of a cylinder Either way is right. You get the same result if you calculate pi to the ten thousandth. While I apologize for all the math, no I don't. I'm really not sorry. You actually clicked here for it whether you realize it or not. This is ALL the math, the tests, and the whole process to calculate your cylinder volumes and compression individually even if you don't know any of your variables yet. All of my numbers are present for those who want to calculate out the last 3 cylinders out of curiosity just to see how it affects cylinder volumes and compression ratios from one cylinder to the next. Why would I do that for you? Why would I deprive you of that practice? Just assume that all 4 of my combustion chambers are 41.75 ml if you do this. Clicking like share and subscribe helps a channel grow. It also motivates me. Don't sweat the camera. It's enough to know that so many of you care about what I'm doing here. From the bottom of my atmospheric dump, I thank you all! This gift horse's teeth are all over the place, but he sometimes poops gold nuggets. PS: Use ATF for your piston dish volume tests, not alcohol. Of course it's better just to use the spec sheet included with your pistons... but not everyone gets that luxury. Water is just fine for head combustion chamber tests. Dry and re-oil all parts that water touches.





Jay Leno's Garage - Jay Leno's Car Collection
There is no other celebrity in the world that comes close to matching the car collection that famed talk show host Jay Leno has gathered. Totalcarmagazine.com interviews Jay Leno and does a tour of his garage. Photos and article here: http://totalcarmagazine.com/features/2013/07/15/an_interview_with_jay_leno/





NASCAR of Yesteryears
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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.





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