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1967 Mustang Trans Am Replica Finished at JBA Performance
Garcia’s ’67 Notchback
By: D. Brian Smith
Photography: JBA Performance
SCCA President John Bishop created the Trans-American Sedan Championship in 1966. Two divisions comprised the race series, the over two-liter class and the under two-liter class. Both classes ran together in the series, which included the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro, Plymouth Barracuda, Mercury Cougar, AMC Javelin, Pontiac Firebird and Dodge Challenger in the over two-liter class. Marques comprising the under two-liter class included Porsche, Alfa Romeo, Datsun, Mini-Cooper, Saab, and Volkswagen. During its seven-year run from 1966 through 1972 it was the most popular race series of its era. Not so coincidentally, it’s now one of the most popular race series at historic racing events across the United States and in other countries as well.
There is something quite spectacular about watching wide body Challengers doing battle against Mustangs, Camaros, diminutive Mini-Coopers, Saabs, and big old Mercury Cougars on twisty road circuits. Race fans can relate to these cars going at it, as these muscle machines are the same cars many of us owned in our collective well-spent youths. Some of us are fortunate to have a vintage pony or muscle car now, or perhaps a vintage 912 Porsche. JBA’s owner, J. Bittle, has a ’67 Trans Am Ford Mustang notchback, in addition to a very sweet ’67 Shelby Mustang GT500, both of which he campaigns at vintage racing venues within California. While J. was ripping up the tarmac at the Coronado Naval Air Base in his Trans-Am notchback during the Coronado Speed Week held every October, spectator (first name) Garcia had an epiphany; he would build himself a 1967 Trans-Am Ford Mustang notchback replica to enjoy on the streets of Los Angeles where he calls home.
Mr. Garcia’s so smart; he decided to hire JBA Performance to help in re-creating such a racecar. Building up the suspension, fitting disc brakes at each corner and performing the engine and transmission install for JBA Performance was a snap. The talented crew has vast experience from working with J. on his ’67 notchback, not to mention the ’67 Shelby.
We might as well give you fair warning right now. If you happen to ever be driving around the streets of L.A., and you see some guy with a huge smile on his face cruising the city in a racy Trans-Am Mustang, don’t challenge him to any stoplight acceleration runs. You’ll lose, and you might get a ticket for your foolishness. On the other hand, if JBA Performance helps you to build your dream machine, you could win. But, you may still get the exhibition of horsepower ticket. Save the real fun for the racetrack, Jack.