Old Trans-Am racers revisited
Big, old and bold – racing just ain’t racing unless you’re in historic Trans Ams. Just remember to wear some serious ear plugs...
Posted: 28 Oct 2010
Despite being a dribbling dog of a production car, described by one of the usually favourable US car mags as ‘arguably the worst-built muscle car we have ever driven' at a time when a Mustang or Camaro bodywork could be repaired with Coke cans, Penske and Donahue managed to make something of the Javelins. They did this using the time-honoured racing technique of bending the rules so hard they almost, but not quite, snapped. Bodywork was acid-dipped to make it lighter, bonnets were lowered and re-profiled to get more downforce and grip, and God knows what was done to the engines.