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The Cars of Trans-Am Racing 1966-1972: Road Racing Muscle From GM, Ford, Chrysler, and AMC (Anglais) Relié – Illustré, 19 novembre 2013

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...is one of the most complete histories and technical analysis of all the cars that participated in the SCCA sanctioned professional road racing series. it involved top-line teams of manufacturers of Trans-Am eligible cars: Mustang, Camaro, Cougar, Barracuda, Charger, Firebird and others. The technical details of these cars required extensive research of the homologation papers, period race reports, semi-secret parts lists, even more secret teams and builders lists, plus many interviews of those involved with the teams. There were serious factory-funded teams involving Roger Penske, Holman Moody, Smokey Yunick, David Pearson, Ronnie Kaplan, Bud Moore, Parnelli Jones, George Follmer, and Mark Donohue. many interviews, personal notes and other first hand stories are part of this book. --Victory Lane magazine, October, 2013

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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 AMXs 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.

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livre avec de nombreuses et belles photos. Ouvrage très bien documenté mais en langue anglaise donc pour le texte traduction obligatoire
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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
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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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Unique Insights 8 novembre 2013
Par John Mccarrier - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This author provides a unique perspective on the Trans-Am racing series. Because he is a collector and restorer of the cars that participated in the series he gained the confidence of the professional drivers, team managers, and fabricators who built, raced and maintained these machines. They were willing to contribute to the book and provide a true insider’s view. The author can also speak with authority about the cars in the series because he bought, sold, and restored many of them.

The book is a labor of love for the author and an opportunity to for contributors to give their side of the story. The core of the narrative is the cars themselves and their history during the Trans-Am series and after it ended. This leads to a somewhat herky-jerky organization but that is part of the charm of the book.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Very interesting, a little choppy in it's editing...... 7 décembre 2013
Par leadfoot4 - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I was a little too young to fully understand the mechanics of the Trans Am cars of this era when the series was current, but nonetheless I was a big fan of the series. This book provides a lot of the technical background on the cars that was not necessarily detailed by automotive magazines that covered the series back then, and now that I'm older, is something that I can understand. For that reason, I really enjoyed reading the book.

However, the content of the book was presented in a little bit of a choppy format. There were several "sidebars", for lack of a better term, of several pages each, that were quite informative and detailed different aspects of the cars or teams. But they seemed to be inserted into the book somewhat randomly. I would be reading about a particular subject, and mid-sentence, I'd flip the page, expecting to continue reading, only to find that I had to flip through 4-5 pages of the "sidebar" to retain the continuity of what I was initially reading. I usually wound up getting engrossed in the "sidebar", then have to go back to find where I originally left off with my reading. Other than that, I found the book to be quite enjoyable and informative.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Trans-Am from the Paddock 23 mars 2014
Par Steven J. Ruedy - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is a great read. I followed the Trans-Am closely during this period and this author was obviously part of the paddock crew not the photographers trailing along shooting pictures. If you only buy one book on this period, this should be the one if you want to know about the cars, crews, and teams. They all have pretty pictures, but this one has the history to go with them. Great read!
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