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1973 - Donohue and Matador take Winston 500

Discussion in 'Historical' started by Fast Eddie, Dec 29, 2014.

  1. Beentherebefore

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    Just how diminutive were those AMC stock car racing motors anyway? :confused:

    Marcis stands in AMC engine compartment.jpg

    (Photo shared from Pinterest)
     
  2. GLHS60

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    I'm a great AMC fan and was very proud of AMC's success in Pro Stock, Trans Am and NASCAR.
    I always thought they were caught running illegal rocker arms not lifters as the rocker arms had durability issues. I remember reading about this years ago and a recent search shows both rocker and lifter issues.
    Roller lifters on a flat tappet cam would be at a disadvantage as the cam profiles are so different.
    I wonder if they were caught more than once or if some writer confused the word tappet with rocker or lifter??

    I visited Wally Booths shop in the early 70's where he was creating the huge port AMC Pro Stock heads by slicing 2 factory heads and welding them back up as 1. The rules stated any modification to the intake and he interpreted it to include the cylinder head intake passage, NHRA clarified the rule shortly after!!

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  3. Beentherebefore

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    Found this photo (shared from Pinterest) of Donohue's Penske Matador "leanin' into it" @ Riverside's turn #8 in the '72 Winston Western 500. That was the car's first appearance in Nascar and it only lasted 13 laps before something in the suspension broke. Before that, it was running right up front with the leaders and Donohue learned enough to come back the next year and win the race.


    Donohue's AMC @ Riverside '72.jpg
     
  4. Beentherebefore

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    Photo (shared from Pinterest) of the Penske Matador @ Riverside in 1966 in it's CAM 2 colors..........

    Penske CAM 2 Matador 1976.jpg


    The car, driven by Bobby Allison, lost a motor late in the race and finished 15th.
     
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  5. DC-93

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    WOW!! 1966 ?!!! :eek:
     
  6. Beentherebefore

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    :oops:

    Brain fade or eye fade - neither are close to what they used to be.
     
  7. Fast Eddie

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    Bobby Allison's Matador & Janet Guthrie at Ontario 1978.jpg
    Bobby Allison racing Janet Guthrie - 1978 - at Ontario
     
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  8. Beentherebefore

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    I don't know what publication this came from but I thought that you AMC fans would enjoy it. I never knew that the first Matadors came from the Holman-Moody shop.

    Penske AMC matador article.jpg
     
  9. Beentherebefore

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    Great shot (shared from Pinterest) of Mark Donohue driving at speed over the S/F line @ Riverside and setting up for turn #1 on his way to winning the race in 1973.

    Donohue in AMC crossing s-f line @ Riverside 1973.jpg
     
  10. Beentherebefore

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    Proof...........................................

    Penske Matador disc brake work '73.jpg

    (Shared from Pinterest)
     
  11. Fast Eddie

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    Picked up this new diecast today at Krogers showing Ryan Reed's X-Finity Mustang with the Darlington Throw Back paint scheme for last years race using Mark Donohue's Matador paint scheme. Pretty neat. I love the Darlington race with all of the "throw back" paint schemes all the cars use for that race.
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