This is absolutely incredible video that shows Trans-Am racing in its raw, loud, and bad ass form from 1970. Even more awesome than that, it shows a team, a driver, and a moment in time that is amazingly bittersweet. See, this video highlights the T-G Racing team and it was shot at Kent, Washington in September of 1970. The month before, famed racer and the T in T-G racing Jerry Titus, was killed in a racing accident. Carrying on, Terry Godsall was continuing to race, undoubtedly with a very heavy heart. You’ll see that David Hobbs was the driver for this weekend’s event. He raced the next event for the team as well, finishing 9th at Riverside that season.
The thrashing is among the best parts of this video. We see thrashing in the race shop to prepare the car, we see thrashing at the track with a rear end change being made right there on pit road, and we see the thrashing that goes into setting up a road racing car into the driver’s liking all through the short film.
Maybe the most interesting thing for us, though, was finally getting to hear the mythical 303ci de-stroked Pontiac Trans-Am V8 work at full song. Good gravy does it sound good! You can see the engine being put into the car briefly early in the film and the tunnel port heads are on display for a shining second. Listening to that engine pull the straights at full throttle is fantastic!
If you love Pontiac, Trans-Am, or just amazing historical footage, this is a dreamscape brought to life.