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A Vintage Racer with an Unfair Advantage

Posted August 03, 2010 12:01 AM by dstrohl

The 1971 AMC Penske Javelin that Mark Donohue drove to victory in the 1971 Trans-Am series will be auctioned off next month. The car has been restored to concours-level condition by MAECO Motorsport of Northridge, California, and won awards in its class at the Amelia Island Concours in 2008. The car was also featured in the Petersen Museum, on TV's Top Gear and it appeared at the Kohler International Challenge at Road America as well as the Meadowbrook Concours in 2010.

Of course, the Javelin's true triumphs were recorded with Donohue at the controls, winning a total of seven races and scoring 10 top five finishes in the 10-race 1971 season. Stuck carburetor floats caused a DNF at Bryar and a vacuum leak, that made Donohue's power brakes falter, slowed the car to a second place finish at Mid Ohio. Interestingly, with his brakes on the fritz at Mid Ohio, Donohue had trouble slowing the car as he entered the pits and he struck Roger Penske, carrying Penske about 15 feet on the Javelin's hood.

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08/02/2010 10:03 AM

One interesting feature about this car was its use of a dry-sump oiling system. According to the Russo and Steele Collector Automobiles website, "dry sump lubrication had been illegal since the beginning". The AMC V-8engines did a poor job at maintaining even lubrication and consistent oil pressure, however, and an exception was made - to the chagrin, we might surmise, of Donohue's competition.

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08/04/2010 1:35 AM

SWEET!!

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