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From the GRM Vault: The Fascinating History of Small Bore Trans-Am Racing

This story comes from all the way back in 1989. So we had to march back to our archives, pick out the magazine, and then dig out the scanner.

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iceracer
iceracer UltimaDork
6/29/17 1:37 p.m.

I think I attended every Trans-Am race ever held at Lime Rock.

smokindav
smokindav Reader
6/29/17 1:55 p.m.

What track is that first picture? I can't place it. The second one is definitely Turn 5 at Road America.

Ed Higginbotham
Ed Higginbotham Associate Editor
6/29/17 2:33 p.m.

The photo at the very top (not actually in the scanned article) is from Watkins Glen.

Bergzee24
Bergzee24 None
7/12/17 7:34 a.m.

Does anyone know where I could find results or a competitor listing or pictures of the cars of the events in 1971 thru maybe 1975? I have a 1972 240z race car that was raced in a Trans Am series right after leaving the show room floor. This Class mentioned in the article seems like the one it may have been in. I believe the first name of the driver was Bill and last name starting with a M. I know very little info.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
7/12/17 8:01 a.m.

You can find 1966-72 results here.

Back then, though, you wouldn't have seen a 240Z in Trans-Am--no back seat. What about SCCA C Production or IMSA GT? Post some pics, and maybe we can help.

There's some more Datsun race history info here.

alfadriver
alfadriver MegaDork
7/12/17 8:14 a.m.

My favorite historic racing is BS/U2 racing. And it helps that one of the dominant marques was Alfa Romeo.

(which reminds me- I have a BS race car for sale... )

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
7/12/17 8:20 a.m.
alfadriver wrote: (which reminds me- I have a BS race car for sale... )

ORLY?

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
7/12/17 8:21 a.m.

You can also find lots of old race results here.

alfadriver
alfadriver MegaDork
7/12/17 8:23 a.m.
David S. Wallens wrote:
alfadriver wrote: (which reminds me- I have a BS race car for sale... )

ORLY?

Just a '74 GTV- and while numerically late to the actual TA party, all the sanctioning bodies will allow it to run in BS, since it's the same as a '72 and 73 2000cc GTV.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
7/13/17 7:45 a.m.
alfadriver wrote:
David S. Wallens wrote:
alfadriver wrote: (which reminds me- I have a BS race car for sale... )

ORLY?

Just a '74 GTV- and while numerically late to the actual TA party, all the sanctioning bodies will allow it to run in BS, since it's the same as a '72 and 73 2000cc GTV.

Cool. Someone here should put it on track.

alfadriver
alfadriver MegaDork
7/13/17 8:12 a.m.

In reply to David S. Wallens:

That would be totally awesome for two of us.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
7/14/17 9:05 a.m.
alfadriver wrote: In reply to David S. Wallens: That would be totally awesome for two of us.

You can do it!

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
7/14/17 9:10 a.m.

Also, a little PS to this small-bore Trans-Am chat. When in New York, my cousins and I have been meeting for dinner at Tony Di Napoli, an Italian restaurant. They have a location near my cousin, and since it's family-style, it works well with a group.

The place has a lot of old car photos on the wall, including some big, beautiful black-and-white prints from back in the day. I asked someone there about the photos and was simply told that the owner of the restaurant is into cars or something.

Anyway, I found out that the owner is Herb Wetanson. Not only is he a longtime racer, but he funded the Trans-Am Alfa Romeos back in the day.

See, there's the logo of his old hamburger place:

alfadriver
alfadriver MegaDork
7/14/17 9:13 a.m.

In reply to David S. Wallens:

At our 2007 Convention here in Detroit, we had a bunch of the former Trans Am cars show off- there's a great Alfa racers shop here in SE MI. They are really neat to see.

So cool cars.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
7/14/17 9:16 a.m.

Oh, a PS: Wetson's closed when I was like 5 years old, but dad said that he remembers eating there. He also saw Wetanson regularly race at Bridgehampton.

alfadriver
alfadriver MegaDork
7/14/17 9:16 a.m.
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