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The Cars of Trans-Am Racing: 1966-1972

Hardback: 192 pages
Dimensions: 8.5000" x 11"
Product Code: CT516

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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 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. Additionally, 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 provides an insider's viewpoint never before seen in print.

    Publication Date:10/02/2013
    Publisher: CarTech
  • Reviews

    Victory Lane

    "One of the most complete histories and technical analysis of all the cars that participated in the SCCA sanctioned professional road racing series." -Victory Lane, October 2013

    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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    Racing Fans Must Have Review by Rob M
    This book is a must for any racing fan, especially those who love classic American muscle cars. Well written, excellent photography and thorough text make up this fine edition. Another winner from the folks at CarTech. (Posted on 3/4/14)
    Wonderfully executed and very comprehensive Review by Johanna
    David Tom, Founder and Registrar of the Historic Trans-Am Registry, presents a stunning tribute to the cars of Trans-Am racing- the only book in print on the popular race series, referred to by David Friedman as “the pony car wars”. This beautiful hardcover book contains many photos never-before-seen in print, with high-gloss pages and color photos aplenty.

    Features include insight and interviews from the original car builders and teams who maintained the cars, and a full history of Trans-Am racing from the very first event in 66 at Daytona.

    The Cars of Trans-Am tracks the evolution of the sport from the sedans of 66, to the race cars of 67, to the muscle cars of 68. It covers the engineers and builders, as well as the changes that were produced in car design throughout the race history, and includes a section on vintage event venues from mid 80s to late 90s and beyond.

    Wonderfully executed and very comprehensive, this book is full of the memories and the thrills that made this race series so great. The perfect book for any race enthusiast, this is one you’ll be proud to show off to your friends. If you like cars and you like speed, this book is for you! (Posted on 12/19/13)
    A detailed overview of the cars, personalities and stories of the 1966-72 heyday of American V8 road racing. Review by BAS
    What a treasure trove of information this well-produced book is, for anyone with an interest in the short but intense glory days of North American road racing and the cars which have become iconic emblems of that time, the prototype Mustangs, Camaros, Firebirds, Cougars, Barracudas, Challengers, GTOs, Javelins and the like. The Sports Car Club of America's Trans-American Championship Road Racing Series flourished in the years between 1966 and 1972, with every US "brand" of muscle car represented as manufacturers poured resources into tweaking their entries to perform at the highest levels, and to catch the eye of the Parnelli Jones wannabes shopping for a street car with lots of bottom end and more than a hint of stylish but uniquely American panache.

    This book details the establishment of the Trans-Am racing series from its early years on primitive dirt-banked tracks to the high profile races at Daytona and Watkins Glen, before factory sponsorship and support faded away in the early 1970s.

    There is a wealth of technical information included here, of interest to the serious mechanic and restorer, as well as to the armchair racer. The photos throughout are excellent; an ambitious collection of private memorabilia, vintage factory promotional material, and professional images of the cars in action.

    It wasn't just about the cars, either. Some of the personalities involved were more than a little outspoken, ambitious and occasionally eccentric; reading about the shop floor politics and clashes of strong personalities was a decided bonus.

    One of the nicest inclusions in this book were the occasional "Caretaker Reports" detailing where some of the cars are now. Some are long gone, being scrapped or moldered away in farm fields, but a respectable number were tucked away safely in garages. Some have been restored and a number are still racing.

    My own first car was a '72 Mustang, and my second a '70 Barracuda. Both are long gone, but I've never ceased to mourn them, sacrificed decades ago to pay for college tuition. This book was almost painful to read, as it reminded me of how much there was to like about those punchy, powerful cars, a bit primitive compared to our power-everything transport today, but so much more interesting and challenging, and most importantly, fun to drive. (Posted on 12/5/13)
    Detail look at the muscle car days of the Trans-Am Review by Michael
    This book is not only filled with many photos of the subject matter but is written in great technical detail. Not only are the drivers covered but the cars, their design, the team/drivers creativity, and how some of the large automotive corporation had hand in molding the SCCA Trans-Am and I would say the reverse is also true. For the cars that won on the track where the cars he public were interested in buying.

    The author has covered in detail this great period of Trans-Am racing for vehicles in the over 2 liter class. And the book is written for that audience. The author proves that a photo is not enough when you read his write up that accompanies them. And though this reads like a mixture of history book and technical journal the author seems to leaving more info on both. Over all I would say a good book and a must for any fan of Trans-Am racing. (Posted on 11/29/13)
    4 stars Review by Angela
    My husband loved this book. He loves racing and he loves old cars. This book was a great combination of pictures and text that kept his interest. Reading about the people that built and maintained these cars was fascinating. This book only served to fuel his interest cars, racing and restoring. (Posted on 11/15/13)

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  • Author Bio

    David Tom

    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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