- Scotts Valley, CA
- 2 years
- coupe gasoline blue automatic
Goodrich radial t/a was the first american-made tire that was dot rated, and also had scca approval for track competition. In order to prove the new tire had what it took, b. Goodrich looked for a team and a series to run a street tire in professional competition. They found a perfect partner in terry godsall and jerry titus' t/g racing. They had built a trio of pontiac firebirds for the 1970 season. At the end of the season papers were signed, and the firebirds became tire birds. This car was the third of three cars built by jerry titus' t/g racing for the 1970 trans-am season. Goodrich took stock t/as and shaved off half the tread and had them put on the 3,200 lbs racecar. This firebird eventually became the first production car to win a race using radial tires with a class win at watkins glen. They proved their point though, being the first street tire ever to run at daytona. After daytona the firebird would become a camaro. The team had already convinced the scca to allow this car to run with a chevrolet engine instead of the problematic pontiac engine based on the fact that canadian firebirds could be delivered with chevrolet engines. It remained in camaro trim for the remainder of its active racing career. At the conclusion of godsall's contract with b. Goodrich the car was sold to alfie ruys de perez, and was raced by him in the 1972 trans-am season with assistance from mo carter's team. He recorded a top speed of 187 mph during his time with the car. Its final professional stint would be with canadian don clement who campaigned the car in imsa and cscc events. Don clement would advertise the car for sale in february 1980. The attention to detail down to the nut and bolt level is second to none. A huge collection of documentation, historic photographs, and interviews with titus team members has insured a proper period correct restoration. The car has participated in just seven races since the restoration was complete including the monterey historics. Last owned by a prominent west coast collector and vintage racer it has always had top quality care and preparation. The car looks as if the restoration had been completed yesterday. The car has only three race weekends since a complete race-prep. The t10 transmission has been completely rebuilt by tex racing. In 1968 and 1969, he was third in the trans-am series. He had 43 career races with 4 wins in the 1967 race season. He had 5 poles, and 7 wins in his career as a driver or co-driver. At the final 1968 trans-am race at kent, the big news was that jerry titus was leaving ford and moving to pontiac. In going with pontiac, titus found that he was handicapped by the need of a great deal of developmental work, especially on the engine. Early on, godsall pulled out of the trans am series, saying that the scca was inconsistent in its rule enforcement policies. Jerry then carried on the administrative responsibilities as well as driving for his team. In 1970, jerry titus decided to stop building firebirds for customers and concentrate on his own race cars. Three cars were built. This bfg " tire bird" and the titus car are the only cars that still exist. The third trans am firebird was severely wrecked in a crash and eventually destroyed. The 1970 season was jerry's last season.
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