The Cars of Trans-Am Racing: 1966-1972

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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. In a few short years it became the ultimate American automobile showdown, as each major automotive manufacturer participated heavily in the Trans-Am Series. 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 ...
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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. In a few short years it became the ultimate American automobile showdown, as each major automotive manufacturer participated heavily in the Trans-Am Series. 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 to this point.

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 once again. 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.

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781613250518
  • Publisher: Cartech
  • Publication date: 10/15/2013
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 236,398
  • 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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Table of Contents

About the Author 6
Acknowledgments 6
Foreword by Walter “Bud” Moore 8
Introduction 10
Chapter One: The Perfect Storm 16
Caretaker Report: Herb Adams’ 1964 Tempest, The Gray Ghost by Mike Sedlak 18
Chapter Two: Technical Specifications of the SCCA Trans-Am 21
Chapter Three: 1966: The Birth of Trans-Am 33
Chapter Four: 1967: From Sedans to Race Cars 39
Caretaker Report: 1967 Prototype #3668 by David Tom 61
Chapter Five: The Engineers and the Builders 66
Chapter Six: 1968: The Year of Muscle 76
Chapter Seven: 1969: The Trans-Am Turns Pro 98
Chapter Eight: 1970:
The Beginning of the End 117
Caretaker Report: Dodge Challengers and Plymouth Barracudas by Bryan Skanes 134
Caretaker Report: 1970 Chaparral Camaro by David Tom 138
Caretaker Report: The Jerry Titus TG Racing 1970 Firebird by David Tom 147
Chapter Nine: 1971–1972: Racing Without Factory Support 149
Chapter Ten The Legacy 164
Chapter Eleven: Recapturing the Storm 173
Caretaker Report: My Dad’s Plymouth Barracuda by Gary Savage 177
Caretaker Report: The Former Kaplan Javelin by Buzz Dyer 180
Caretaker Report: In Memory of Warren Tope by Doug Rudy 186
Hunting for Cars and Clues by Neil Karolek 189
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  • Posted February 18, 2014

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    Good for those who are car buffs and enjoyed the Trans AM series years ago.

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