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.
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.
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.
Hyundai Assembly 6 - Manifolds & Turbo
I love music videos. They're so much easier to narrate. I don't want to
upset anyone by not providing commentary about what I'm doing or where this
build is going... and this is the video where all that stuff comes
together. Quite frankly, I missed you. I really enjoy these little talks
In this video is a little fabrication, maintenance, comparison and
assembly. Un-boxings, cleanup, break-fix... Variety! You know... The
stuff that keeps happening as you wrap up any build. It's not a longblock
until it has manifolds, and a turbo
build has a few more things than just that in order to make it complete.
My attention has now turned towards preparing the chassis and accessories
for installation and I promise there will be more involved videos following
this one for the hardcore auto techs. Whether you're watching or wrenching
on this one, all this stage does is create anxiety for wanting to hurry up
and finish the install, but don't rush. Do it right!
These are the non-reusable parts for the turbo install. ALL of the other part numbers in
the video were shown:
MF241255 x2 Oil Drain Bolts (upper)
MF101229 x2 Oil Drain Bolts (lower)
MF660031 x2 Oil Drain Gasket (washer)
MR258477 x2 Oil Drain Gasket (flange)
MF660064 x2 Oil Feed Crush Washer (turbo)
MF660063 x2 Oil Feed Crush Washer (head)
MF660065 x4 Coolant Crush Washer (turbo)
MD132656 x4 turbo Bolt (M10 x 80 x
MD132933 x8 turbo Spring Washers
Thank you all for keeping up with this build. Thanks especially for the
kind comments and interest in this project! You guys are the best!
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.
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.