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The Cars of Trans-Am Racing 1966-1972: Road Racing Muscle From GM, Ford, Chrysler, and AMC [Anglais] [Relié]

David Tom

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Great look at the cars of the glory days of the Trans Am 19 octobre 2013
Par Rand Thompson - Publié sur Amazon.com
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As someone who has an extensive racing library with several books about the famed Trans Am series from 1966-72, I was hoping this book would offer something that hadn't already been covered.

Most books previously written covered the great drivers and the racing, but in this one, author David Tom did a great job covering the technical details about the cars themselves. The author has personally owned several of the restored race cars, and not only covers his own experiences, he also has interviews with other current owners about their own machines and how they were able to perform as well as they did. This is valuable to describe details about the cars that 40 year old pictures just can't capture.

There is also a lot of great historical info about how the series evolved like it did, and discusses some of the creativity of the team owners & car builders (like Roger Penske & Smokey Yunick and others) to exploit the rulebook. For example, he goes into the development of the Ford in line carburetor and the efforts Ford went through to get it legalized for competition (unsuccesfully, I might add).

While most books gloss over the early years of the AMC program and the trials & tribulations of the Pontiac race teams, this book covers both of those in detail. In addition, the author has personal interviews with team managers like Bud Moore and Ronnie Kaplan on the series & what occurred behind the scene in their dealings with the manufacturers.

My only complaint is that the book only covers the over 2 liter class with no info on the under 2 liters, which unfortunately seems to be a common thread in most of the books written so far.

Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys the Trans Am series.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great color photos! 13 mai 2014
Par Allen Scott - Publié sur Amazon.com
I'm really happy to own a copy of this great book! The Trans-Am Racing series was absolutely epic and this book really brings the 'glory days' of 66-72 to life. When my interests lie less in the technical details (of which there were many) and more with the history & aftermath, this book has it all. I was particularly interested to learn how regulations, gas prices, and changes in car design effectively ended the races. These beauts were considered vintage by the 1980s!

Although there wasn't an index, the table of contents is helpful. Since its such a focused look on Trans-Am, a great complement is American Road Race Specials, 1934-70: Glory Days of Homebuilt Racers which may overlap in years covered but explores the professional racing of homebuilt cars instead of production-based, four-passenger sedans.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Those were the days 11 janvier 2014
Par Larry Larson - Publié sur Amazon.com
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"The Cars of Trans-Am Racing" is, in my opinion, a very well written book. The pictures are very sharp and clear. The pictures are very diverse and include many of the cars and drivers from the period on the track and in the pits. If you are interested in learning about the glory days of Trans Am racing I recommend this book to give you some insight into that era. I never got to actually attend any of the Tran-Am races in person, but got a very good idea of what that time in racing must have been like. The insights by Bud Moore and others are hard to dispute since they were actually there and walked in those shoes, drove those race cars, smelled the fumes and heard the exhaust notes. I wish I could have been there.

I read a magazine article about the 1970 Plymouth Barracuda "All American Racers"(AAR Cuda) originally built and raced by Dan Gurney and Swede Savage that was being restored by Ed Skanes. I actually picked up the phone and called Mr. Skanes to ask about an engine I had found that I thought might be one of the extra Keith Black engines used in the Dan Gurney AAR Cuda. He was very cordial on the phone and answered my questions and told me what to look for. It was not a Keith Black engine but one built for Richard Petty by Specialty Vehicles Incorporated. It was a Trans Am (TA) block but not the right one for Dan Gurney's car.

I went to a car show in Carlisle, PA (Chryslers @ Carlisle) and actually saw the #48 or #42 (I don't remember which) AAR Cuda and heard it run. That was an awesome experience. I got to meet Ed's son. He was very nice and offered to copy some of the race footage if I sent him blank tapes. I can just imagine the noise that must have been generated by all those cars on the track going all out fighting for position, It must have been glorious (if you like that kind of thing), it was music to my ears). I wish I had lived in that part of the country and knew about the Trans-Am series.

I learned more about those times and vehicles when I bought a 1970 AAR Cuda in 1984 and started doing research to find out about restoring it. I found out what homologation was and how that rule actually brought some cars into production for sale to the general public that would not have been built otherwise.

Another interesting aspect of this book is the "Caretaker" chapters which are about the cars that have been rescued and restored to their original race ready condition and are now being raced in nostalgia racing on the remaining original tracks. This is a tribute to the original teams and drivers and a big responsibility for the present owners to preserve this part of our national treasure of American muscle and racing history. Again, If you are interested in learning something(or some more) about the glory days of Trans Am racing I highly recommend this book to give you some insight into that era.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Wonderfully executed and very comprehensive 19 décembre 2013
Par Mike - Publié sur Amazon.com
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!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 More than just a coffee table book - a fascinating read for the classic muscle car set 5 décembre 2013
Par B. A. Scharf - Publié sur Amazon.com
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.

A lot has been unavoidably left out here, including any mention of the European and British cars which ran in the under 2 litre category, but that would fill another book. (hint hint) What is included is excellent. The author knows his stuff, and this reads like a labor of love, in the very best way.
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