Time Killer: A Massive Treasure Trove of Vintage Late 1960s Trans Am Photos

Time Killer: A Massive Treasure Trove of Vintage Late 1960s Trans Am Photos

One of the most romanticized periods in American racing is the late 1960s. Drag Racing was huge, stock car racing featured the wild winged warriors on America’s super speedways and on the road courses, Trans Am racers were banging fenders, gears, and, well we were going to say rev-limiters but they were not present at the time. You get the point. It was a gasoline powered Camelot and it can be argued that this era of Trans-Am cars is ultimately what gave us the pro touring movement of today. Their look and performance sparked interest in kids around America in turning corners in a pounding V8 car.

We were tipped off to the incredible treasury of Ron Lathrop’s Trans Am photos by BangShift member Mikes343Sharpstick. Once we hit the first link we were mezmerized for hours piling through all the photos. Lathrop was seemingly everywhere during this time period and he captured not only the great racing action shots but awesome candids in the pits with Mark Donohue, Parnelli Jones, and the other stars of the series in their natural habitat.

The true bonus is that the photos aren’t just from Trans Am races. He also covered stock car racing events and large road races where these type cars competed. We should also mention that virtually all of them are captioned, giving the location, dates, and background on each shot. It is truly and awesome thing to have at your finger tips, especially if you are a history freak like we are!

Hit the links below to head back in time!

Ron Lathrop Photos 1

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Donohue/Penske guys fueling - Photo by Ron Lathrop

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4 thoughts on “Time Killer: A Massive Treasure Trove of Vintage Late 1960s Trans Am Photos

  1. Scott

    Very cool to see the photos of Mid Ohio. I’ve been there many times over the last 20 years, and it’s really interesting to see it “back in the day” and pick out what’s changed since then and what hasn’t. Brian, if you ever get a chance to see an SVRA race (svra.com), do it. Some of the machines in these pictures are still around and driven competitively. A 30 minute race might not be quite as intense as what these cars did in their heyday, but seeing and hearing them do what they were built to do is something no museum or photo album can come close to matching. Definitely worth it if you get the chance.

  2. Joel

    Reading Unfair Advantage and looking at some of these pictures gives you an idea how comparatively shoestring and scrappy this racing was – expedient, worn, worked hard, making basic improvements.

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