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Trans-Am Challenge: Mini Documentary on ’71 Season

Posted in AMC, Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford, Pontiac, Racing, Track Events, Videos by MrAngry | September 15th, 2010 | 4 Responses |

Can someone please tell me why, for the love of God and all that’s holy, did the manufacturers stop running the Trans Am Series!?! The above video is a mini-documentary of the 1971 Trans Am season and to say that this is what ALL auto racing should be like is an understatement. In today’s day and age we have all the competitors handy. We’ve got new Camaros, Mustangs and Challengers, all of which are more than capable of running (with some modifications) in a new and improved Trans Am series. This video showcases the battle between Mark Donohue and George Folmer as they battled for the 1971 championship. While you watch this video make sure to take note of the driving styles that the drivers of that era employ. Cars are literally drifted around each corner kicking up dust and dirt while they race for the checker. Hell, you can almost smell the race gas as the fans stood track side watching these icons of American speed go head to head. I swear, sometimes I think I was born in the wrong era. Anyway, enjoy this because not to many videos like this exist out there.

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  1. ds440 says:

    About a year ago I picked up Mark Donahue’s book “The Unfair Advantage.” At first, I thought it was a little boring…but then the more and more I got into it, the less and less I could put it down. He specifically goes through the development of the Penske Camaros and the AMC Javelins he ran in the series. I HIGHLY recommend it if you are into Trans Am racing of that era. Good stuff.

  2. Don Keefhardt says:

    Because Trans-Am has morphed into a “silhouette car” tube-frame series, regularly attended by 5-6 owner/drivers in what could sympathetically be called a “racing fantasy amp”. SCCA Pro Racing should shut it down, scrub it with bleach and lye to kill the stink, and relaunch. Or just kill it and let us remember the good times.

    • Kurt Ernst says:

      Don, it’s been about 20 years since I last raced in the SCCA, but the “racing fantasy camp” comment seems to apply to even their club racing these days. It’s gotten to the point where it’s no longer affordable unless you’ve got serious money or serious sponsorship, and that goes against everything that the SCCA stands for.

  3. Joe says:

    Sad to say, you were born in the wrong era. There is an excellent video of the entire 1970 Trans-Am and in my opinion it was the best racing, ever.
    I was fortunate to see racing through the streets of Watkins Glen, F1 at Monaco and the Nuburgring and Sebring during the 1950s and 1960s. The cars and drivers were exciting. The evolution of the sport gave us something to look forward to every year; it was magnificent. But for high drama, close and safe racing, I would be hard pressed to recommend a better season and series than the 1970 Trans-Am.