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.
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
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
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
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
Trans & Clutch 7 - AWD Fluids
EXPAND THE INFO SECTION. I made a video about changing gear oil in a
manual transaxle. People were grateful for it, but the AWD guys wanted a
video about how to do the transfer case and rear end service. Rightly so!
I just had a great opportunity to do this, so I did it.
There are people on-line who know their stuff, and at least twice as many
who don't. Someone who said "I like this gear oil because it works better
than anything else I've tried" might not have tried it all, might be
talking about a brand new transmission, or one that's on its last legs.
It's important to take their situation in context rather than any kind of
omnipotent wisdom. There are people who have done research, there are
those who have experience, and then there are those who have an opinion.
It's important to differentiate whose advice you should be following.
TeamRip Engineering has done more oil research, or at least provided more
public lab info than any other source in the DSM community about what a DSM
likes. Perhaps others have done that kind of work. Perhaps others have a
history of rebuilding gearboxes after the wrong oils were used. I tend to
listen to the transmission builders as they tend to give the best advice.
Below are the links to a few reputable DSM transmission builders.
Following that are some retail and speed shops that have good rapport with
the racing community. I've tried to be as comprehensive as possible with
Transfer case gear oils:
Rear end gear oils:
Manual Transaxle gear oils:
Oil Viscosity Chart: http://teamrip.com/viscosity_chart.html
... I sure wish they would post more than that publicly.
Oil Recommendations: http://www.jackstransmissions.com/pages/oil
EVO Guys... READ THIS:
Fluids page: http://www.roadraceengineering.com/eclfluids.htm
Where to buy...
I discovered some oils are difficult to find vendors for. I was overjoyed
to find I can get any fluid I want from anywhere in the world on Amazon.
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"
TRANS AM 1968
LOOK and LISTEN to this opening of a film called Trans Am The Race, made in
If this does not bring chilles up your spine you are dead or gay!!
Trans Am racing in the mid 60's though the early 70's was the most exciting
era of auto racing EVER!!
Get the entire film on DVD at carfilms.com
Trans Am 1967
A segment out of the dvd TA67
This is green valley Raceway see the cars get air on the front straight
1965 Riverside 500 Stock Car Race
New 1965 Model Ford Galaxie 500 debut at the first race of the year on the
road course in California with Dan Gurney, Ned Jarrett, A.J. Foyt, Parnelli
Jones, Fred Lorenzen, Marvin Panch, Junior Johnson, and more.