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SMPdude 09-15-2009 07:23 AM

Making Camaro History
I am not trying to advertise here in this post. Just passing on some awsome info on a piece of Camaro History.

"In 1969, Roger Penske, Mark Donohue and Ronnie Bucknum teamed up to bring home the SCCA Trans-Am Championship for Chevrolet. They drove 1969 Camaros that year, with the dark blue cars sponsored by Sunoco. This year, exactly 40 years after that championship season, another pair of drivers named Donohue and Bucknum will once again race in a Camaro wearing Sunoco blue colors.

David Donohue is the son of Mark Donohue. Jeff Bucknum is the son of Ronnie Bucknum. Both sons have well established credentials in the world of racing and, at the October 4th final round of the 2009 Grand-Am KONI Challenge season, they will join forces at the wheel of a brand new Camaro, built by Riley Technologies of Mooresville, North Carolina.

With a paint scheme created by ESBG Designs, the new Camaro will look very much like the 1969 model, which is as Chevrolet intended with the introduction of their new street version of the car."

"The Grand-Am KONI Challenge Bosch Engineering Octoberfest race at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) will take place on Sunday, October 4."

Check out the complete article at

Pic's to come shortly as the car will be at the shop after the test session on the 28th.

Mr Twisty 09-15-2009 09:17 AM

Cool! I'll sure try to be there!

SMPdude 09-16-2009 06:54 AM

If you make it out be sure to stop by the hauler and say hi.

SMPdude 09-20-2009 09:43 PM

If you watched the Grand-Am race Saturday evening they showed a picture of our Sunoco Camaro at Riley's shop. It looks sweet.

SMPdude 09-25-2009 10:03 PM

Well the hauling unit is loaded and pulling out early in the morning and heading to Bill Rileys Shop to pick up the New Sunoco #6 Camaro. From there it will be heading to a track for it shake down run and then back to our shop. Should be home by Monday night. I can wait.

75rusty 09-27-2009 12:35 PM

I'd love to see pictures of the '69 and the '10 sitting next to each other!

Old trans am car rule, those and the can am cars are my favorites at out local vintage races.

SMPdude 09-27-2009 08:24 PM

You know, I should be talking with Bucknum this week. I will see if he has keep track of his fathers old car. I am not sure what has happened to it, but I will do some digging and see what I can find. I know we just got our Hero type cards in Friday for the 2010 Camaro. It would be nice if we could arrange that photo shoot.
I think the race this weekend will be a wonderful thing in the sports car world and bring a revived interest in the Grand-am Series of racing.

2MA 09-28-2009 02:46 AM

sweet sounds awesome and epic!!!

SMPdude 09-29-2009 09:35 PM

Talking with Jeff Bucknum today at the shop and he knows who has the original Sunco Camaro. There has already been talk about trying to get a picture of the two together.

Well here it is in the shop getting a little more prep work before leaving for the Race.
We will get some good shots of the car Tomorrow as it will be getting loaded to head back to Bill Riley's for a few last minute fixes.
Turns out our car will be the only Camaro at the last Koni race of the Season. There is also suppose to be one (1) Challenger there also.

SMPdude 09-30-2009 08:58 PM

Off to the track

Doc 09-30-2009 11:41 PM

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OH NICE!!! We need bigger pics! I just got my rims today and I'm going with the old Penske/Donohue blue and Sunoco gold/yellow styled theme. I chose the gold/yellow that was on the old SUNOCO lettering back then, like they ran on the Ferrari.

SMPdude 10-01-2009 06:33 AM

Bucknum and Donahues sons along with Corp Sunoco were very involved in the building and setup of the new Camaro. The Colors, strips and badging are as close as possible to the 69 Camaro, but still had to follow Koni's regulations. Things like decal placements changed a little. Like Hoosier had to go over the front fender well instead of on the door like in 69. Plus we had to use Bosch instead of Champion, minor things like that. But colors are the same.
Things will change up a little after this historic race this weekend.

Doc 10-02-2009 02:56 AM

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Yeah they used a brighter yellow on the 69 Camaro for the wheels and accents. They used the bright yellow in some places on the Ferrari but had the more orange/yellow look elsewhere. Actually the colors remind me very much of the Blue Angels and their planes. Does anybody know where Penske/Donohue originally got the idea for the colors?

Doc 10-02-2009 02:59 AM

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Actually now that I'm looking at more pics of the Blue Angels it's hard to tell the exact yellow; probably the differences in cameras. This shot looks more like the orange/yellow of the Sunoco lettering on the Ferrari. Beautiful color scheme though; I've always loved the Blue Angels.

SMPdude 10-02-2009 06:50 AM

Bucknum and Sunoco had a lot to do with the colors and all that went on the car so I am pretty sure ours is close, but I am sure it is not spot on.
I am pretty sure the the colors were the colors of Sunoco at that time. But I will ask both Bucknam and Donohue when I get to the track tomorrow.

SMPdude 10-03-2009 12:50 AM

First practice session was something else.....found issues with the car, but believe we have them figured out, at least to be able to compete in the race and hopefully finish. Its something else bring a brand new car to a race and doing all of the very first setups and test before the race. I believe the car will perform well now for being the first time out at all.

Mr Twisty 10-03-2009 02:30 AM

Best of luck to the team :thumbsup:

SMPdude 10-03-2009 09:10 PM

Here is a clip from the track to day.

Tried many different setups. Seems to be a issue with the rear axles when the veh is lowered to the height that we would like for the race. It had an extremely bad vibration, raising the rear for the car helped a lot. So it will have to race that way tomorrow, until we can put out finger in the excite problem and then develop a fix. Other wise we qualified 13th. Not too bad for the very first time out on a track.

Doc 10-04-2009 01:32 AM

Looks just great. I'm amazed at how much David looks like his dad. I met Mark at Riverside Raceway in 1973 at the first International Race of Champions when they were running Porsche 911's, before they switched to Camaros. He was a really nice guy, very open and friendly and he signed my pit pass which I still have.

It's just fantastic to see the sons of these people carrying on the traditions and to see a Camaro with number 6 on the side running in races again. Absolute best of luck to the whole team! :thumbup:

SMPdude 10-04-2009 09:08 PM

Thanks Doc, David is a very nice guy and it was a joy to work with him this weekend and with Jeff.

Here is a link to another thread here that has been started that is follow this samething.

SMPdude 11-02-2009 08:34 PM

Ok folks, we are back at VIR for some more testing of the #6 Camaro. After a strong showing at VIR in the last race of the Koni season we are back for a little more testing.
After making a few little changes in an effort to eliminate a drive line vibration, we will be testing on the track to see if the changes will hold in a rear world situation.
We will be here Tuesday and Wed testing the car and making changes. As far as I am know right now Burmos will be here testing also and the test sessions are open to the public.

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