VINTAGE: Trans Am Camaro Ready For Auction
Written by: SPEED Staff
05/18/2009 – 05:38 PM
From the West Coast, this 1969 Jerry Petersen Camaro historic Trans Am Group racecar has a rich tradition in racing, with documentation as the fastest, most-developed and best-sorted first- generation historic racing Camaros in the country.
The 1969 Camaro Z-28 was prepared for Trans Am racing for Jerry Petersen. (Photo: Russo and Steele) » More Photos
Car collectors and vintage get the chance to bid on this special racer at Russo and Steele’s ninth annual Sports & Muscle at the Marriott auction Aug. 13th-15th at the Marriott Hotel in historic downtown Monterey, Ca.
In the fall of 1971, Richie Allin race prepared this Z-28 Camaro to replace Jerry Petersen’s 1967 Camaro that he destroyed at driving school. This Penske-Donohue Camaro was built to specifications from GM drawings provided by Donohue and Vince Piggens, whom Allin had met the previous season.
Painted bright-blue metallic
with unique red and white stripes and number 87, the paint scheme was found in photos in the early log book that was used to research its original identity through Road America records.
Inspected and verified by Richie Allin at a historic race event Mid-Ohio in 1990, it went through a complete cosmetic restoration by Lance Smith of Huntington Cars in 2008. Including in the original documents and photos is the SCCA log book 18-494 and information on the Camaro’s extensive racing history.
The Petersen Camaro ran in four races in the Trans-Am Series in June and July 1972: Mid-Ohio, Watkins Glen, Donnybrooke and Road America. Since then, it has competed in SCCA regional and national events between 1975 and 1982, and various historic racing events from 1988 through 2006.