2018 will also see the addition of Northern and Southern regional championships, which are open to partial season participants only. He was instrumental in the Trans-Am Series becoming the greatest American Musclecar racing showdown there was in the late '60s and early '70s. At that time about half the business was directed towards current race engine technology and engine rebuilds of race cars that were originally TRACO powered. The hood, a Trans Am exclusive, had functional air inlets that could be closed by the driver. Currently, his 20 TA2 class wins make him the winningest TA2 driver in the history of the series. The fronts measure 15x8 inches, and the rears are 15x8.5s. Champion drivers have been officially recognized, and Drivers' Championship(s) have been awarded since the 1972 season. Since the 2017 season, the stand-alone West Coast Championship Series has raced at four tracks—three on the West Coast, and one in Texas that is a 'shared event' with the Trans Am Championship Series. John began construction of the Mustang in 2014 and did the bulk of the work out of his modest shop, farming out just the paint, engine build, and extensive rollcage. If that wasn't enough, in 2014, at just 16 years of age, Ernie Francis Jr. became the youngest series champion ever, winning the title in the TA3–A class. A dedicated group of Trans-Am Series loyalists worked tirelessly to make the rebirth of the Trans-Am Series a reality, and it was to be a grass-roots based series with the potential to grow into a fully professional series. [11] YouTube user jaspal666 has uploaded this enlightening video[12] to give us an idea of just how unfair the Audi Quattro's advantage really was.[13]. [19] No Manufacturers' Championship was awarded. This engine made 573 horses at 7,100 rpm on an engine dyno thanks to its displacement, which is achieved by a 4.125-bore Dart block and 3.25-inch crank, rather than the more common 4.030-inch bore and 3.40-inch stroke configuration. 2K likes. 1986 was wildly competitive as the turbocharged, small displacement engine cars would become more powerful and go from field fillers to race winners. The GT and SGT classes are open to an ever increasing array of performance coupes, performance sedans and touring cars with various engine and drivetrain configurations, as diversity has always been one of the hallmarks of the Trans Am Series. In 1976, the Trans-Am Series returned to the two category (class) format, classifying FIA (Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile) Group 4 and 5 cars as "Category 2". Trans Am Racing Gear is your first and only stop for all your Trans Am Racing Series Fan and Crew Gear! The 15-inch wheels wrapped in sticky race rubber. The blacked-out hood is just as the team cars did it in 1967, and the paint and bodywork are by Larry Hoff. Effectively the road racing equivalent of factory stock car racing, the Trans Am was hotly contested with the nimble pony cars of the day; Camaros, Mustangs, Firebirds, Challengers, Barracudas, Cougars and Javalins. (*It must be noted however, that only 27 of Mark Donohue's wins were achieved without a co-driver, and that all 28 of Tommy Kendall's wins were solo efforts.) In late 2012, the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) partnered with the Trans Am Race Company, LLC (TARC) to present Trans Am races at four of its 2013 events. Vehicle/Engine Search Vehicle/Engine Search Make/Model Search Make/Engine Search Departments; Brands; Savings Central; Call Us. After achieving so much success together and popularizing "Trans-Am" (Donohue in particular), Penske Racing and Mark Donohue both left the series after the '71 season. The connection to the hose was outside the engine compartment. The series revamped its class structure in 1975, using SCCA Club Racing's fastest production car classes as a basis for the new rules package. Back with Roush again for the 1985 season, Ribbs scored seven victories and became the leading money winner in Trans-Am Series history, yet finished second in points, as teammate Wally Dallenbach, Jr. used his consistently higher finishes (including 5 wins) to take the Championship, and become the youngest Trans-Am Champion in history. Shop Now . In 1997, he won a record 11 races in a row, guaranteeing his third consecutive Championship, which is itself a record for the 'single class of competition' era. The first Trans Am race of 1970 was held at Laguna Seca on April 19. The series was open to FIA Group 2 Touring Cars,[4] and it featured two classes: "Over 2.0 Liter"—111 inch wheel base or less and engine displacement limited to 5.0 liters / 302 cubic inches (primarily American pony cars), and "Under 2.0 Liter" (predominantly European sedans), with both classes running together. In 2019, Katech engines brought drivers and teams to the podium time and again in two venues: the Trans Am Series, and the IMSA Prototype Challenge Series presented by Mazda. (*From 1995 to 1997, Tommy Kendall won three championships in a row when there was a single class of competition) Overall, he has also won six championships in a row when the TA3-A and TA4 classes are included. In January 2017, SCCA Pro Racing and the Trans Am Race Company, LLC (TARC) signed an unprecedented 25-year agreement, renewing their earlier partnership, and ensuring that Trans Am Series racing will continue through the 2041 season.[32]. A wide variety of very high-performance domestic and international makes and models will now be able to race in the Trans Am Series. For the first time in its 50+ year history, the Trans Am Series raced (on the Grand Prix road course) at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2017, partnering with the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA). The second season would see the emergence of now familiar names like Mark Donohue (3 wins, 2 of them without a co-driver) and Dan Gurney. Founded in 1966, it is sanctioned by the Sports Car Club of America. For the 1984 season, Mercury took the Manufacturers' title with Ribbs as the lead driver for Roush Racing. Active suspension, telemetry, traction control and ABS brakes are not permitted. Brooks comes from the world of short track oval racing, where there are a legion of chassis builders. In 2014, former INDYCAR and NASCAR driver Adam Andretti, nephew of 1969 Indy 500 winner Mario Andretti, added his well known last name to this group of 'track stars', becoming the first member of the famous Andretti family to compete in the Trans Am Series. Other than this and minor reordering, the schedule remains at six races, with Laguna Seca as the other combined event where both series will be racing together. The series was formed at the dawn of the 'pony car' era, and was derived from the SCCA's A & B Sedan amateur Club Racing classes,[3] Early Trans-Am Series racecars were just modified production cars. Follmer and Donohue had switched to AMC in 1970, ending the Ford vs Chevy rivalry that had made the series famous. "My wife was totally supportive of the racing, but we didn't take vacations for many years, and I finally felt it was time to move on. The Under 2.0 Liter Manufacturers' Champion was Alfa Romeo, with Horst Kwech and Gaston Andrey's Alfa Romeo GTA scoring 39 of the 57 Manufacturers' points for Alfa. BMW picked up wins number one and two in the other races. (*The official Trans Am Series rule book is periodically updated, and changes are made to it when it becomes necessary or desirable to do so.). The revived series will use the SCCA's GT-1 class rules. By clicking Sign Up, you agree to the  Terms of Use. 1971 BMW 2002 Asking Price: $40,000 Contact: Brian Phone: 904-859-9544 Email: brian@decalshop.com: Description: Race car since 1986 (SCCA ITB) and has racing history up to 2010.Fresh 2.0 engine, 4speed trans, 4 wheel disc brakes, fire system, new ATL fuel cell bladder and foam, new racing harness, new battery. The series was best known for competition among American V8 coupes such as the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro, Plymouth Barracuda, Mercury Cougar, AMC Javelin, Pontiac Firebird, and Dodge Challenger in the 1960s and early 1970s, driven by some of the most famous names in auto racing, like Mark Donohue, Parnelli Jones, Dan Gurney, Sam Posey and Bob Tullius,[5] to name just a few. The Cross-Ram The centerpiece of the Trans-Am Z/28 engines was the cross-ram induction system developed by GM engineers and then massaged by notable engine tuners such as Smokey Yunick. Bob Tullius (in a Dodge Dart) took second overall and first in the Over 2.0 Liter class. Shelby team cars were key to Ford winning the Trans Am title that year, indirectly cementing the Mustang coupe as a body style with plenty of competition chops. TA5 was discontinued after the fourth race of 2016. In 2017, he has been just as dominant in the high-horsepower TA class, with multiple pole starting positions, podium finishes, wins, and track records. Shelby's GT350 wasn't legal to race in either class since it was homologated as a two-seater for B/Production, so the Group II coupes were essentially built to GT350 R-model spec and met the rules of the day. Already contributing to the Trans-Am Championship's decline was the dominance of AMC. [27] In 2017, he acquired (via Parella Motorsports Holdings) a controlling interest in the TARC ownership group by purchasing the ownership share of the departing Mike Miller. Trans Am Racing Gear. And they're still going strong. McLeod's dual disc clutch and aluminum flywheel are contained by a Lakewood scattershield. The rules, loosely written, turned scruteneering and racing into a nightmare. A bit of wild-west this year. Trans Am racing then and now1968 Mustang with a Trans Am pedigree. Your information will be collected and used in accordance with our  Privacy Policy, This 1967 Mustang Coupe Is Built to Vintage Trans Am Specs, Vintage photos of an AAR 'Cuda Racing on a long-extinct race track, Drivetrain: 347 cubic inch Ford, C&C four-speed manual with dog ring engagement, Speedway Engineering 9-inch rear axle, four-wheel disc brakes, Power: 573 hp at 7,100 rpm and 463 lb-ft at 5,600 rpm. Tony says that the car was not good because even after a year of racing, the rear axle still wasn't located properly like Gurney's Barracuda. A NASCAR-spec C&C four-speed dog box from Ernie Elliot is said to have been used by Bill Elliot during qualifying in 1991 and uses high nickel straight-cut gears with a 2.68:1 first gear. For a few years prior to that, he raced an early Shelby GT350 in various big-bore grids around the West Coast, as well. (After 1966, seasons would average 12 rounds until 1973) The overall win went to Jochen Rindt driving an Alfa Romeo GTA, a very successful car in Trans Am, until Porsche arrived. David Hobbs and Willy T. Ribbs dominated the 1983 season, with Ribbs winning five races and Hobbs winning four. With his win in Edmonton, Alberta (Canada) in 2005, Greg Pickett became the only Trans Am Series driver in its 39-year history to win at least one race in four different decades. That current technology was integrated into those earlier engine rebuilds and updates. It tramped badly during acceleration, and braking was horrible due to the same problem. This is generally considered to be the beginning of the decline of the Trans-Am Series. All race teams will now purchase and use Sunoco supplied racing gasoline (unaltered or cooled) exclusively during all on-track sessions at all events. John fashioned a paint booth in his shop for spraying the Zolatone 20 series paint that covers the interior, engine compartment, trunk, and underside. The car was an independent entry originally raced by Warren Tope and still races today in the hands of owner Drew Alcazar. Andretti has raced a Camaro, a Mustang, and a Challenger in the TA2 class regularly, picking up 6 wins and finishing second in points twice. Australian Trans-Am Racing Championship. 1967-1969 Camaro Nos 3927142 Race Valve Spring Set/16 302 Z-28 Dz Pont Trans Am. For 2016, TA3-I was renamed TA3, TA3-A was renamed "TA4", and "TA5" was introduced for cars such as the Ferrari F430 Challenge, and select Porsche models (just like the old GGT class). 1996 PONTIAC FIREBIRD WS6 FORMULA, LT4, 6 SPEED, SLP # 1945. This listing first appeared[citation needed] in Albert R. Bochroch's 1986 book Trans-Am Racing 1966–1985. The SCCA would subsequently change the rules to two wheel drive only, and ban cars with non-American engines from taking part, but Audi had already planned to defect to IMSA after the 1988 season anyway. The series would subsequently add even more classes, some of which would not be retained (GGT, TA3-A, TA3-I, and TA5), until arriving at the present 4 class structure. [22] However, there were no TA3 entries in 2011. Full Race! [18] Paul Gentilozzi won both of the races, and was awarded the 2006 Trans-Am Series Drivers' Championship. The timeless good looks of American Racing Torque Thrust D wheels maintain the vintage vibe. In 1966, the Over 2.0 Liter Manufacturers' Champion was Ford, with the Mustang of Tom Yeager and Bob Johnson scoring most of Ford's wins and points. The Trans-Am Series is a sports car racing series held in North America. To provide John with some extra room, the driver side doorbars take up the space in the door cavity that normally contains the window and window mechanisms. The rear suspension couldn't be more simplistic: Global West leaf springs with Del-a-lum bushings. The marque was raced in an exhibition capacity and evaluated at the race at COTA, and joined Aston Martin as the only other British made entry in TA3. In 1983 Neil DeAtley assembled a two-car team of Camaros for the Trans-Am Series. The Trans Am Series has experienced record growth over the past two seasons and finds record numbers of entries at every race in 2015. All Trans Ams were Polar White with blue racing stripes, tail panel, and decals. When these two marques dropped out after the 1972 season, interest in the series decreased. This two class structure would remain in effect through the 1979 season, after which, the series went back to a single class until 2011, when the series was again divided into two classes; TA1 and TA2. Clagett had a 22-year affiliation with SCCA Pro Racing, and the Trans-Am Series, most recently as Executive Director of the Trans-Am Series in 2005, when Champ Car operated and sanctioned the series. But the Trans Am could more than hold its own against production Camaros and Mustangs, as well as act as a halo model for the rest of the Firebird line. There's never been a more hard fought race series than the Trans Am races of the late sixties and early seventies. Engines produce well over 850 horsepower and run over a thousand miles before a rebuild. Turbocharged, small-displacement-engined cars would also appear and proliferate as the decade wore on. Trans Am Race Engineering. In 2003 and 2004, it was the Jaguar XKR's turn to win all but one race (10/11, 8/9), powered by its Double Overhead Camshaft, Jaguar AJ-V8 engine, again courtesy of Paul Gentilozzi and Rocketsports Racing. It was first ment for production based and a bit modified vehicles to compete in raceways in two different classes: under 2.0 liter and over 2.0 liter [limited to max 5.0 liter/305 cubics]. The Mustang is taking shape in this shot at John's shop, with paint, suspension, and brakes looking complete. Indianapolis, IN 46148, USA 93,000 Miles Indianapolis, IN $7,900.00... and back. The end result is as good as it is because John is no stranger to wrenching on vintage road-race Mustangs, having competed in the historic Trans Am circuit from 1995 to 2008 in two different 1969 Mustang Boss 302s. He would win 4 more Championships, driving a Chevrolet, a Ford, and a Jaguar. Since 2015, Trans Am has been a national series (Continental U.S. only), racing at tracks primarily throughout the East Coast, South, and Midwest. Inside the United States 1-800-230-3030 1-800-230-3030. The boxy, six year old Tempest had once been Adams' wife's daily driver, and had over 80,000 miles (130,000 km) on the odometer when it was turned into an A Sedan racer. 289 C.I. Each Championship Series is independent of the other, but both are run according to virtually identical rule books. For 2020, the season finale at Daytona International Speedway was dropped due to unresolvable scheduling conflicts, and after a two-year absence, the race at Brainerd, Minnesota was reinstated to honor the late Jed Copham, the track's co-owner and part-time Trans Am Series driver. His 28 wins and 4 Championships are second only to Mark Donohue's 29 wins*, and Paul Gentilozzi's 31 wins and 5 Championships. In 1980, the SCCA developed a weight-to-displacement ratio for handicapping cars. Vintage "Shotgun" bracing runs behind the fender aprons from the firewall to the shock towers, which John tells us was done on some of Ford's Trans Am team cars. But GM's entry into the class, with the 302-powered Camaros, meant that Ford needed more power. TARS Trans-Am / Qualifying report. John installed 1965 Lincoln front calipers on the front, and '67 Mustang front calipers in the rear. Don't be fooled by its understated appearance, John McClintock's 1967 Mustang Coupe is a purpose-built race car. Rear-facing fiberglass fender scoops covered fist-sized holes designed to vent the engine bay. DeAtley's major sponsor was Budweiser; noteworthy for the attraction of a truly major sponsor to the series. TARS Trans-Am / Breaking news. In 2015, she would become the first woman to win a Trans Am Series Championship, and in 2016, the first one to win two Series Championships, even winning them consecutively. Oldsmobile 403 Trans Am Olds 330 350 Rocket 7 Heads Built To W31 Ram Rod Specs . In early January 2020, the Trans Am Race Company (TARC) announced that it was expanding into Australia and New Zealand through the year 2026, signing a multi-year licensing agreement with the Australian Racing Group Pty Ltd. (ARG) that will allow for six TA2® Class races[34] to be run in 'the land down-under'. Marques such as Porsche (until its 911 was reclassified as a sports car and not a sedan), Alfa Romeo, BMW, Datsun, Mini Cooper, Saab, and Volkswagen competed in the series' Under 2.0 Liter category. Penske Racing campaigned Chevrolet Camaro Z28s through 1969, and American Motors (AMC) Javelins in 1970 and 1971. Trans Am partnered with GoRacingTV.com to provide a new form of video coverage for the 2012 season. Nov 24, 2020 - GM, FORD/MERCURY, CHRYSLER/DODGE, and AMC TRANS AM series cars from the late 60's -early 70's. This 1973 Ford Mustang was built to race in the Trans Am series, with a heavy duty tubular frame developed by the Le Mans-winning Ford GT40 veterans at Kar Kraft, a highly modified Windsor 351 V8 built by Jack Roush, a close-ratio 4-speed transmission with a … The 'Trans-Am series' is an automobile racing series that was created in 1966 by Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) President John Bishop. Hobbs took the Championship with his more consistent finishes, while Ribbs was named Trans-Am Series Rookie of the Year. Driving a Jaguar, Tomy Drissi was the first Champion upon the series' return. I sold my Boss and got out of racing.". “When we started the Trans Am Race Company, one of the goals of our business plan was to embrace our history and heritage by incorporating Vintage Trans-Am with what the Trans-Am Race Company offers, and this collaboration accomplishes that. Five Star Race Car Bodies will supply all of the bodies, and USA based TA2® chassis builders will supply all of the chassis. We hope you enjoy the cars and excitement of our category. The Belle Isle race in Detroit becomes a TA2 class only event, and a little later in the season, the TA, TA3, and TA4 classes will race at the Pittsburgh International Race Complex for the first time ever. In 1972, the series would begin officially awarding Drivers' Championships,[9] with the first-ever titles going to George Follmer in an ex-Penske Roy Woods AMC Javelin, and John Morton in a Datsun 510, before changing back to a single class for the '73, '74, and '75 seasons. 1971 was very exciting as Horst Kwech, in a Herb Wetanson Alfa-Romeo GTV, and John Morton in Pete Brock's BRE Datsun 510, fought it out for the title. Had the Drivers' Championship been in place right from the start, Mark Donohue would have been the first back-to-back winner in 1968 and 1969, and also the first three-time winner. 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