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1970 Dodge Challenger
1970 Dodge Challenger information
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1970 Trans Am Dodge Challenger #77
This Challenger R/T chassis was built at Dan Gurney's All American Racing (Eagle) fabrication shop and the car finished at Ray Caldwell's Autodynamics (famous Formula Vee builder) in Dodge paint code FJ5, Sublime. It was a Dodge factory entry, with Sam Posey as the driver and Classic Wax as the sponsor. The motor was a 460 horsepower, 303 cubic-inch (de-stroked 340). Posey finished fourth overall for the 1970 season.
Driven By: Sam Posey
Built By: Ray Caldwells Autodynamics
Engine: 303 Cubic-inch 460 horsepower (Destroked 340)
Weight: 3200 lbs
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1970 Best Finishes
- 3rd Lime Rock driven by Sam Posey
- 3rd Road America driven by Sam Posey
- 3rd Kent driven by Sam Posey
Finished fourth in points with Sam Posey as the driver in the 1970 Trans-Am Championship
In the Trans-Am Series, teams would 'acid dip' the race cars to etch away metal, thus making the car lighter. At Laguna Seca, the first race of the season, the challenger team was last in line for technical inspection. Since all the factories were participating in 1970 the first inspection of the year was highly detailed. After the Challenger had passed tech inspection and was accepted, the team offered John Taminus, the chief technical inspector, a beer. John rested his elbow on the roof of the car and it dimpled in (from too much time in the acid bath). When that happened he told them that they could not run the car until the roof was replaced. Within an hour of that incident, the Challenger team had received permission from Dodge and torched the roof of a Challenger that was sitting on a dealer's showroom floor in downtown Monterey.
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This is the Dodge Challenger driven by Sam Posey in the 1970 Trans Am series. The full factory effort was built by Ray Caldwell's Autodynamics for the 1970 season.
Mr. Posey finished on the podium at Lime Rock, Road America and Kent and went on to finish fourth overall in points for the 1970 season.