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Exciting Trans Am history info found!

Post by jjr on Wed May 12, 2010 11:50 pm

On May 30, 2010 a largely unknown chapter of Trans Am history
will begin to be told. The story is one that was nearly lost,
but obtained by a very dedicated Trans Am hobbyist, and at a
considerable cost.

As this chapter is opened and the story told, a small number of
Trans Am owners are going to be a part of it all.

That's all for now though <grin>, more info will be forthcoming
as we get closer...

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Re: Exciting Trans Am history info found!

Post by mr71transam on Thu May 13, 2010 7:50 am

Can't wait for the First installment/chapter.

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Re: Exciting Trans Am history info found!

Post by jjr on Thu May 13, 2010 10:59 pm

Since so many have all but begged for more, I guess I should
taunt you all again...

This story involves several intersecting bodies of information
and quite a number of people, so suspicions of a simple nature
would be wrong.

Some folks who only recognize me for my 301 efforts may not
know that I own a number of Trans Ams/Firebirds...

1979 10th Aniv 400/4spd
1980 Back Special Edition (301NA)
1980 Indy Pace car
1981 Black Special Edition (301T)
1981 Daytona Pace Car
1986 Tuned Port TA (305HO)
1990 Firebird 2.8
1997 WS6, Ram Air, LS-1 Trans Am

So I don't ONLY enjoy 301 power.

While I don't mean to agonize, we thought it might be just a
little more fun to lead the release like this... That and
the project has taken awhile to assemble in a manner that you
all would enjoy.

The actual hero in all this isn't me, he's been too busy with
the project, but allowed me to put my flare to it...

This is a neat story, and it even has a happy finish.

Stay tuned.

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Re: Exciting Trans Am history info found!

Post by Martin on Fri May 14, 2010 10:11 am

Thank Joe......... Very Happy
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Re: Exciting Trans Am history info found!

Post by mr71transam on Wed May 19, 2010 12:58 pm

Man talk about taunting. Come on Joe give us a bone. Smile Smile Smile

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The Announcement...

Post by jjr on Sun May 30, 2010 11:39 am

Ok, Thank you for waiting.

The reason we picked the date May 30, 2010 was to
honor the nature of this chapter of Trans Am history.

As you probably know, May 30 is the date of this year's
Indianapolis 500.

What is now known is which exact 1980 Pace cars served duty
on the track and or in the various festivities during the
race in 1980.

That means that some lucky folks may actually own a real
piece of Trans Am history, and of course that their cars
are now worth a great deal more than before.

The story of how the information came to light is kinda
interesting as well, as it was nearly thrown away. A person
who worked for the raceway had the insight to save the
information and for that many are thankful.

So, how do you find out if your car was a track used vehicle?

That's easy and free... Just click on over to the 1980 Pace
car registry and register your car. The owner and operator of
the registry will be able to check your car against the listing
and let you know.

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

And now I should introduce Kevin who is the man that spent a
small fortune to bring this exciting information to light.

As a dedicated hobbyist Kevin has always had a passion for
this particular Pace car and his website celebrates this car
to the max.

Incidentally, Kevin has detected at least 3 owners on the
various firebird forums that own an actual track used Pace
car, so if you have one - it's time to check!

So, folks, please join me in thanking Kevin for sharing this
awesome piece of Trans Am history!!!

Thanks Guy,

Joe

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Re: Exciting Trans Am history info found!

Post by Martin on Mon May 31, 2010 12:24 am

Thank you Joe for this exciting news..... Very Happy
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Re: Exciting Trans Am history info found!

Post by 80TAPaceCar on Mon May 31, 2010 12:48 am

So far I have found 4 owners of Actual "Indy Used" Pace Cars or Festival Cars.

I don't know their screen names here, but will post them as soon as I do find that out.

But below are their "Real Names".

Mikko M. from Sweden-Festival Car.
Kevin G. (80TAPaceCar) from Oklahoma-Festival Car.
Robert R. from Ohio-Festival Car
James R. from Ohio-Actual Pace Car-Used as a Caution Car.

These cars have a lot of history, I hope they are excited as I was to finally find this information!

Thanks
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Re: Exciting Trans Am history info found!

Post by 69_RAG_TOP on Mon May 31, 2010 12:53 am

Interesting find on what cars were used at the racetrack.

I wonder where this individual and the list of information has been for 30 years.

How many cars of the total production were run on the racetrack.

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Re: Exciting Trans Am history info found!

Post by 80TAPaceCar on Mon May 31, 2010 1:35 am

69_RAG_TOP wrote:Interesting find on what cars were used at the racetrack.
How many cars of the total production were run on the racetrack.

IIRC, there were 132 Festival Cars used at Indy with only 3 used as actual Track Cars.

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Re: Exciting Trans Am history info found!

Post by 80TAPaceCar on Mon May 31, 2010 2:01 am

69_RAG_TOP wrote:Interesting find on what cars were used at the racetrack.
I wonder where this individual and the list of information has been for 30 years.

The list was in storage for all those years and the individual who had them was the one who prepped the Pace Cars for Indy and worked for that company for over 25 years.

That would have been the coolest job to have, IMHO!

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Re: Exciting Trans Am history info found!

Post by 80TAPaceCar on Tue Jun 01, 2010 9:24 pm

The Indy Pace Cars that were used at Indy for 1980 was built in Norwood, Ohio except one (1) and it was built at Van Nuys.

Wouldn't it be cool to find it! That one would be worth finding IMHO!

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Re: Exciting Trans Am history info found!

Post by Martin on Fri Jun 04, 2010 8:10 pm

His name is Howard K ....I know him well. I met him when I had my Camaro Pace car Very Happy
Decent guy....He knows a lot of info. and has tons of Indy items

The company that prepped most of the pacers was Arelco.........

Here is my old 1980 Pacer





And my Brickyard 400 Pacer.....




Below my 1979 pacer Very Happy Cool







our 1999 were also used as Festival/ Pace cars also.....but for Daytona also Very Happy






Yes I do like my Pacers Very Happy Very Happy
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Re: Exciting Trans Am history info found!

Post by WarbirdTA on Wed Jun 09, 2010 7:51 pm

Nice cars Martin!
I love Pace cars too!
I use to own a 1980 Indy Turbo Trans Am and a 1981 NASCAR daytona Turbo Trans Am.
I sold them both, and I sure wish I still had them now.

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