Trans-Am Series Racing Cars 2005 Monterey Historics Part 2 of 2
Trans-Am cars at the Laguna Seca corkscrew at the Monterey Historic Races in 2005. Penske Javelins & Camaros, Bud Moore and Gurney Mustangs, Sam Posey's Challanger, Jim Hall's Chaparral Camaro, Jerry Titus's Firebird, Smokey Yunick's Camaro.
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,
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.
1970 Boss 302 wins at 2013 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
The car being driven is a 1970 Mustang, which was converted to a
tube-chassis IMSA car in 1976. The car was built and driven by Rainer
Neuman, and was known as the 'Spectre Car'. It was a local favorite at
Sears Point and Laguna Seca in the Seventies. The engine is a 302 block,
bored to 366 cu with four Webbers. It produces around 600 hp, and is good
for 7500 rpm. It has Hurst-Airheart brakes, and its 15 inch BBS wheels
are 17" wide in the rear. A dog box and Ford nine inch rear delivers the
power to the wheels. 6A is the IMSA GT 1973 to 1982 group. This year they
had 46 cars in the group. The group features some fabulous cars: BMW M1
Procars and CSL Batmobiles, twin-turbo
Porsche 935s, and Dekon Monzas. Not to mention some great drivers: Bruce
Canepa in the very fast #12 Porsche, Ken Epsman in the Budweiser Dekon
Monza, and this year Adam Carolla drove his Paul Newman zx300 turbo.