Nearly four decades ago, 18-year-old William Leland Jr., a distant relative of Henry Leland, the founder of Lincoln and Cadillac, bought a highly well-equipped 1979 Pontiac Trans Am for $10,095. The Trans Am wasn’t to be driven or even washed, Leland ordered. When Leland died at the age of 42, his father took over…
Trans Am driver Mel Shaw died Sunday afternoon after his TA4-class Chevrolet Camaro crashed head-on into a concrete wall at Brainerd International Raceway, reports the Duluth News Tribune. Shaw’s car crashed at Turn 3 of the 2.5-mile Brainerd’s Competition Road Course, at the end of the track’s fastest straight.
Rejoining race traffic after a spin or an off is one of the hairiest situations on track, and here’s a good example why. Trans-Am racer Paul Fix picked just the wrong time to nudge back onto the track at Mid-Ohio.
Trans-Am team owner Peter Stark of Loshak/Stark Racing came to us asking for a bit of extra luck for his new TA2 car last weekend: the Jalopnik bump. While they didn’t add to the bump’s win streak, they improved the most number of positions during the race.
“Stop trying to make Pontiac happen,” I said to no one in particular at the New York Auto Show last week as I stood in front of the Trans Am SE Bandit Edition booth. “It’s not going to happen.” Then I learned that these garish last-generation Chevrolet Camaro conversions were signed off on, literally, by Burt Reynolds…
Sebring International Raceway’s Chateau Élan Hotel and Conference Center features sweeping views of the circuit itself, a lively bar right next to the action, and a parking lot to bust in to A-Team-style when you lose your brakes at the hairpin. We’re glad this Camaro driver knew where the track access road went.
Lime Rock Park kicked off their official season this Memorial Day weekend with a ear splitting bang. The Trans Am series is a fitting high five to American horsepower, and I was there to capture the action at the historic 1.5 mile track. Lime Rock is no stranger to Trans Am racing, having witnessed Sam Posey, Mark…
SRT isn't completely gone from motorsports. They're still alive and kicking with partner Miller Racing, who runs a sweet lime green Challenger in the Trans-Am series. This short clip of Tommy Kendall's Challenger and another competitor's Camaro proves that Trans Am is now the best sounding race series in existence.
Speedhunters has an excellent write-up right here on why they, and you, and your mother, and everyone you know all love Trans Am.
When the folks at OPTIMA sent me over a preview of the Ultimate Street Car Invitational running on SPEED last month I was amused to see two of the very different cars running were a Bandit Trans-Am and a 2003 Mitsubishi Evo. Few competitions would pair those cars together, least of all on an autocross.
Are you one of those sad, lonely people whose life isn't worth living anymore because GM no longer makes the Pontiac Trans Am? Well, don't let the lack of a modern Pontiac version of the new Camaro (or even the lack of Pontiac, for that matter) get you down — this Florida company has you covered.
Prepare yourselves, fans of MotorWeek. I'm about to show you the greatest thing you will see all week. Let's take a trip back to 1985 for this comparo between a Ford Mustang GT 5.0, a Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z, and a Pontiac Trans-Am.
In perhaps one of the most Bidenesque moments ever, the Corvette-loving real Vice President of the United States Joe Biden called out the fake Trans-Am-loving version of himself from The Onion, who at this moment is giving a real fake iAMA on Reddit. If you're from 1990 and are browsing Jalopnik through a wormhole on…
While compared with the high horsepower cars of the late 1960s or today's modern muscle these muscle offerings from 1985 might seem a little tame, they were the most impressive performers that had rolled out of Detroit in sometime.
Instead of wowing you with our story about the return of the Pontiac Aztec for 2015 or reporting this time the El Camino is actually returning to the US for real (we would never actually joke about such a thing) this April Fools Day we want to hear your idea of the perfect fake automotive story.
Daniel O'Grady, an Australian into exploring old Japanese castles, happened upon this random sadness pile in Kurume City on Kyushu island. It's definitely a five-hanky lot of cars gone to seed, though rife with rusty-muscle-car porn.
For 1998 Pontiac gave the Trans Am a facelift and put the previously Corvette only LS1 engine under the hood. The result was an aggressively styled muscle car with the looks and power to make traffic lights fall from the sky—at least that is the story Pontiac was selling.
Nothing says 1980 like a car lot with almost nothing someone in the cult of the automotive obsessed can drool over. Times were dark in the automotive world in 1980—the malaise era was in full swing and there weren't many cars to get excited about.
Several decades later sophistication is hardly the word that comes to mind when you think about Pontiac Firebirds from the late 1970s, but that is the angle they were using to sell the Firebird Formula back in 1979.