Peter Revson Won Trans Am 1967 Series Debut at Lime Rock Park
Legacy of Big Three ‘Pony Car wars’ continues on Memorial Day weekend with Trans Am at Lime Rock
LAKEVILLE, CT (25 March 2022)- Lime Rock Park continues a cherished tradition on the Memorial Day weekend when it hosts the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli.
The Park played a key role in the “Golden Years” of Trans Am, showcasing Detroit’s Big Three manufacturers and a roster of world-class drivers from 1967 through 1972
Back then, it was all about the cars in the war for supremacy with the new sporty “pony cars.” Ford had its Mustang; Mercury, the Cougar; General Motors rolled out the Chevrolet Camaro; and Chrysler Corporation raced both the Dodge Dart and Plymouth Barracuda.
Bud Moore’s Mercury Cougar, driven by Peter Revson. Photo via barcboys.com
The inaugural Lime Rock event was on Memorial Day in 1967. While that meant going head-to-head with the Indianapolis 500, the car builders ensured a standout field for the race. With lead driver Parnelli Jones headed for Indy – where his turbine-powered car expired with only four laps remaining – Bud Moore called on Peter Revson to drive his lead Mercury Cougar. Teammate Dan Gurney also raced – and had misfortune – at Indy, with Moore getting Ed Leslie to fill his seat at Lime Rock.
Roger Penske debuted his Sunoco Camaro for Mark Donohue in 1967, with his best finish in the three races prior to Lime Rock was second at Sebring. Another contender was Bob Tullius, who won the season opener at Daytona in his Group 44 Dodge Dart.
Revson made the most of his Trans Am debut in the substitute role – lapping the field twice en route to victory. Donohue finished second, followed by the Ford Mustang of racer/journalist Jerry Titus.
Peter Revson in Lime Rock Park’s paddock, 1973. Photo via barcboys.com
Trans Am also had the Under-2 liter class, with the smaller imports finding the tight 1.53-mile Lime Rock circuit to their liking against the heavy Detroit V-8s. Horst Qwech finished a close fourth in an Alfa Romeo GTA, followed by Leslie in the second Cougar and Steve Smith and Bert Everett in a Porsche 911.
Trans Am returned to Lime Rock for the following five years at the height of the Golden Years. Donohue won in a Camaro in 1968 and 1969. Donohue and Penske switched to the AMC Javelin in 1970, with Donohue second behind Parnelli Jones in a Mustang. Donohue and George Follmer made it a Javelin 1-2 in 1971, followed by Peter Gregg in a Mustang and Revson in a Javelin. Follmer won the 1972 series opener in a Javelin, the final year of the pony car wars.
Detroit’s Big Three are again represented in Trans Am’s exciting TA2® division, when Ford Mustangs, Chevrolet Camaros and Dodge Challengers build on Trans Am’s legacy during the Memorial Day Classic (May 27-30).
For tickets visit: Tickets | Lime Rock Park
The Golden Years will be recreated at Lime Rock this year during the Historic Festival 40 as the Historic Trans Am Series returns Sept. 1-5. The actual pony cars that competed in Trans Am’s glory days will compete during the five-day festival. For more information visit: Historic Festival 40 – Lime Rock Park
Header image of Revson on track courtesy of barcboys.com