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WATCH THIS: Trans Am on Super 8

Published in blog.hemmings.com

Maybe it’s from spending a week at the Scottsdale Auctions and seeing every shade of muscle car just sitting all too pretty, but we’ve got a hankering to see what it was like when these were the main attraction at road courses across America every weekend. Ask, and YouTube will deliver. This vintage Super 8 footage has everything but the soundtrack. Check out the wheel-to-wheel action at race start. Marvel at how loose some cars get through the corners and smoke the tires on exit. Feast your eyes upon the beautiful tri-color AMC paint job. And cringe at the crews in short sleeves without any safety gear putting out a gasoline fire. It was a different, more dangerous time, but there was something special about near-showroom cars taking to the track and giving it their all that isn’t quite the same today.