The Cars of Trans-Am Racing: 1966-1972

The Cars of Trans-Am Racing: 1966-1972

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by David Tom
     
 

The SCCA Trans-Am Racing Series, launched in 1966, and was designed to showcase a new class of sporty domestic cars racing on road courses. Each major automotive manufacturer participated heavily in the Trans-Am Series, and in a few short years it became the ultimate American automobile showdown. When the modified muscle cars of the series were seen performing well

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Overview

The SCCA Trans-Am Racing Series, launched in 1966, and was designed to showcase a new class of sporty domestic cars racing on road courses. Each major automotive manufacturer participated heavily in the Trans-Am Series, and in a few short years it became the ultimate American automobile showdown. When the modified muscle cars of the series were seen performing well on the country’s finest tracks, fans wanted a model of their own in the driveway. These "pony" cars boasted a new look and style not seen before, and their all-around performance eclipsed anything accomplished by production-based American GT cars up to this point.

This new softcover edition of The Cars of Trans-Am Racing is unique in that it focuses on the cars used in this legendary series. These vintage Mustangs, Camaros, Challengers, Barracudas, Firebirds, Cougars, and Javelins all have become extremely popular with collectors and enthusiasts today. Seeing them in their "full-competition" versions when they were new will bring back many fond memories for those who were fans of this series. In addition, enthusiasts who enjoy these cars today look to the Trans-Am Series cars for styling inspiration and performance hints as part of the growing Pro Touring trend.

Many of these historic cars have been restored to race-ready condition. Additional insight and interviews from the original builders and the teams who maintained the cars provide an insider’s viewpoint never before seen in print.

Editorial Reviews

Victory Lane - Angelo Van Bogart
review and cover image in Feb 2014 issue of Chrysler Power
Keith Martin's American Car Collector - Mark Wigginton
"A great book for the Trans-Am enthusiast who wants to dig deep into the series' history." -Muscle Car Review, February 2014
Hemmings Motor News - Mike Bumbeck
review and cover image, p 46 of Feb 27, 2014 issue
Classic American
"Beautifully printed, well researched and written, this is a fantastic book for muscle car fans and highly recommended." Classic American, May 2014
Midwest Book Review - James Cox
"...a must for any interested in the mehanics and sport of the early Trans-Am racers."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781613250518
Publisher:
CarTech, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/02/2013
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

David Tom is the Founder and Registrar of the Historic Trans-Am Registry. He has also owned more than ten historic Trans-Am Camaros, including the 1968 Smokey Yunick car, the Chaparral Camaro of Jim Hall, and one of the 1968 Penske/Donohue Camaros. Additionally, David restores historic racing cars in his Apache Junction, Arizona headquarters. He recently finished the restoration of Bud Moore's 1966 Mercury Comet, just in time for it to be on-hand for Moore's induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

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The Cars of Trans-Am Racing: 1966-1972 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
judyebt More than 1 year ago
Good for those who are car buffs and enjoyed the Trans AM series years ago.