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#1 OFFLINE   Diecast24/7

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Posted 27 March 2011 - 08:09 PM

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Born on March 18, 1937, Mark Donohue was one of the most famous American racecar drivers. Known for his ability to set up his own cars, Donohue recorded numerous wins with Shelby Mustang, Lola T70 MkIII, McLaren M6A, Chevrolet Camaro, AMC Matador, McLaren-Offy, Porsche 917/30 and Carrera RSR...

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Posted 27 March 2011 - 08:22 PM

Thanks for reminding us of this truely wonderful talent, Justin.  A great loss for sure.

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Posted 27 March 2011 - 08:32 PM

Great read!   :occasion14:

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Posted 27 March 2011 - 08:35 PM

View Postmark, on 27 March 2011 - 08:22 PM, said:

Thanks for reminding us of this truely wonderful talent, Justin.  A great loss for sure.

Mark


Mark, I should have mentioned that this is another fine article by our very own Ciprian! Posted Image

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Posted 27 March 2011 - 09:56 PM

Very cool!  Thanks again.  I had read a book about Mark a few years ago, The Unfair Advantage, but don't remember a whole lot of it (old age, I guess).  It had several tidbits about him and the cars he drove.  Maybe I should re-read that...


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Posted 28 March 2011 - 01:23 AM

I think that book is about the way Donohue and Penske won Trans-Am with the Camaro. All about the acid dripping and the 250 pounds lighter car.
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Posted 28 March 2011 - 04:07 AM

That was a great read ciprian! Mark Donohue is right up there as one of my favourite race car drivers, along with Ayrton Senna, Niki Lauda, Derek Bell, and Martin Schanche.

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Posted 28 March 2011 - 09:35 AM

View Postciprian, on 28 March 2011 - 01:23 AM, said:

I think that book is about the way Donohue and Penske won Trans-Am with the Camaro. All about the acid dripping and the 250 pounds lighter car.

Actually, the book is a chronological progression of all the cars Donohue drove, dating back to his very first one's and going up through their involvement with Porsche and the 917 Can Am killer.

If you can find one, highly recommended.

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Posted 28 March 2011 - 10:29 AM

View Postibj40, on 28 March 2011 - 09:35 AM, said:

View Postciprian, on 28 March 2011 - 01:23 AM, said:

I think that book is about the way Donohue and Penske won Trans-Am with the Camaro. All about the acid dripping and the 250 pounds lighter car.

Actually, the book is a chronological progression of all the cars Donohue drove, dating back to his very first one's and going up through their involvement with Porsche and the 917 Can Am killer.

If you can find one, highly recommended.

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Thanks for jogging my memory.  Sounds like it merits a re-read


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Posted 28 March 2011 - 04:28 PM

My father inlaw often recants stories of the acid dipped Penske Camaros. I recall also him stating that strategic holes were also drilled in some of the cars to reduce weight also.

Nevertheless one of the true legends of motorsport that died much too soon. Great article Ciprian, I saw one of those 917/30 running a few years ago, and driven only at 25% it is one rapid machine.

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Posted 03 April 2011 - 02:20 AM

Great article, I have a couple of biography about the great Mark Donohue and a book that covers his life in pictures. My father was there when he did the record run in the 917-30 its the only time that the Porsche engineers got a little ill feeling about Mark but you can not please every one all the time. Hed done so much by then pity he died I really wonder what he would have been doing now.
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