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Posted 29 August 2017 - 01:56 PM

My race car partner and a volunteer crew built this (just found these pictures in a folder in my desk, along with all my driving logbooks).

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We started with a bare chassis and roll cage, and then either fabricated or mounted every other part of the car.

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Posted 29 August 2017 - 04:09 PM

That's AWESOME!!! :omg:  I love 3rd Gen Camaros and seeing this one stripped down on the 2nd pic is amazing! :eusa_clap:  Very, interesting story as you also are automotive related and collect diecasts too! :occasion14:

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Posted 29 August 2017 - 04:12 PM

That is one meaty mutha Jim   :omg: :drool5: How serendipitous for you (and us!) finding your old pics - I bet it has brought back many many happy memories!

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Posted 30 August 2017 - 02:10 PM

Cool car.

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Posted 30 August 2017 - 04:25 PM

And how many die-cast did you buy with the profits from selling that one? (smile, just kidding).....

Nice ride. I have a 2013 I bought new of the Transformer edition, still nothing like yours....

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Posted 30 August 2017 - 10:46 PM

That's a spectacular achievement, Jim. Takes a lot more skill to DIY it than to just say "charge it!" :nice:
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Posted 31 August 2017 - 03:59 AM

Hi Jim, After all our chats, I am still blown away that you got to drive all of these, Is this what the Al Bartz engine also went in?
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Posted 31 August 2017 - 10:14 AM

 D N, on 29 August 2017 - 04:09 PM, said:

That's AWESOME!!! :omg:  I love 3rd Gen Camaros and seeing this one stripped down on the 2nd pic is amazing! :eusa_clap:  Very, interesting story as you also are automotive related and collect diecasts too! :occasion14:

 mairandeddy, on 29 August 2017 - 04:12 PM, said:

That is one meaty mutha Jim   :omg: :drool5: How serendipitous for you (and us!) finding your old pics - I bet it has brought back many many happy memories!

 lateapex, on 30 August 2017 - 02:10 PM, said:

Cool car.

 Drums01, on 30 August 2017 - 04:25 PM, said:

And how many die-cast did you buy with the profits from selling that one? (smile, just kidding).....

Nice ride. I have a 2013 I bought new of the Transformer edition, still nothing like yours....

 Jersey_Devil, on 30 August 2017 - 10:46 PM, said:

That's a spectacular achievement, Jim. Takes a lot more skill to DIY it than to just say "charge it!" :nice:

 Dave7872, on 31 August 2017 - 03:59 AM, said:

Hi Jim, After all our chats, I am still blown away that you got to drive all of these, Is this what the Al Bartz engine also went in?

First, thanks, everyone, this was a huge undertaking that took way longer than any of us ever expected.  We started the project in 1986 when my partner and I drove to Milwaukee, Wisconsin from Dallas, Texas, with our Corvette chassis in our trailer, and swapped the seller for the new chassis, a couple of sets of body work, and miscellaneous other parts.  Four of us, literally, picked up the chassis and put it in our trailer, and then packed the rest of the parts around it.

We didn't finish the car until 1992, due to a variety of delays, such as my marriage to my second ex-wife (read into that what you wish), and my partner losing his real estate-related job (a couple of times).  We took the car to the Dallas Autorama the year we finished it, and among all the hot rods, and street mods, and wild flame paint jobs, won Best Engineered.  When we first rolled it out, lots of folks thought we had bought an ex-Trans Am car (which was vogue in SCCA GT-1 back then - and maybe still is).  We did pretty good, with older engines (yes, Dave the Bartz is in there) and non-state of the art technology; up until two brothers named O'Connor (for reference, Google "Port O'Connor) commissioned brand new Trans Am cars, one a Roush Mustang, the other a Riley and Scott Camaro; and hired mechanics, and brought them to the SCCA amateur races in color-matched transporters.

We lost the car in 1995 when a right front tire blew in Nascar Turn 4 of Texas World Speedway while my partner was driving, and took out the entire right side of the car.  By then, I had moved out of the Dallas area, and the gang of volunteers had lost their enthusiasm working on a guaranteed third place entry.  We sold what was left to a guy in Colorado for literally pennies on the dollar compared to what we had invested, and we rented a U-Haul truck, and we hooked our trailer to the back of it, and I drove to Denver from Dallas to deliver the package deal.

But God Damn it was fun while it lasted!




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