Penske Camaros

By: David Palmeter 


Penske Trans Am Camaro – Mid-Ohio 1968

I was there but didn’t shoot this picture:

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Penske Trans Am Camaro – Mid-Ohio 1969

I was there and shot these:



Above – Note the brake cooling holes in the door latch pillar  and the stock upholstery panels – Sorry about the quality, it is a digital scan of a 35 mm shot of a projected Super 8 movie



Above – Winner Ronnie Bucknam



Above – Saturday practice – the front spoiler has not yet been painted red



Above – Donohue out of gas after a “fuel mileage test”. The tow vehicle is a factory show Scout 80 – the George Barris “Python”.

January 23, 2023 – In response to another request for Scout Python pictures:

These are the only other pictures I have. As noted in the comments, I worked at IH when the Python was built. The Course Marshall at that Mid-Ohio Trans-Am race in ’69 was a Scout engineer at IH (note the IH Engineering sticker on the vent window). He was able to borrow the Scout for Course Marshall duties.

The engineer was Lee Wilson, a racer and avid race fan.


Click here to see the model I built of the Camaro.


Comments

PenskeCamaroW4 — 4 Comments

  1. Hey David, if you by chance read this I too would love to hear some more information and see other pictures if you have them of the Scout Python and how it (and the Course Marshall) came to be involved in this race. It’s a pretty far cry from anything one would have expected IH to have involvement in, the Python was suiting to send though; one of if not the most exotic styling study they did. A great picture for someone who’s a fan of IH’s and Trans-Am racing.

  2. David,

    Love the photo with the Scout in it. I shared it on the Facebook page I administer that is dedicated to these original 4×4’s.

    Barris’ fabled Python Scout is pretty rare. I’ve only found a couple photos and very little info about it. Would you happen to have any other photos of it or info about its involvement in the Penske team bag in the day?

    Thanks!

    Chris

    • Hi Chris,

      Glad you enjoyed the picture. I worked at IH when the Python was built. The Course Marshall at that Mid-Ohio Trans-Am race in ’69 was a Scout engineer at IH (note the IH Engineering sticker on the vent window). He was able to borrow the Scout for Course Marshall duties.Will email more info.

      Regards,
      David

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