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Grey Ghost 10-18-2020 8:47pm

Catoosa County Trans Am
 
Read it. It won't kill you. It's kinda' interesting. If it's too long. Take a break. Read a little more. Take another break.

A few miles up the road from me and I remember them well. They had a speed trap setup on I-75 and would shoot radar from the overpass or behind you. They were well known to locals and brought in huge amounts of revenue for the county. They probably paid for those cars many times over. I still to this day slow down at that exit and look behind me after passing it.

The cars might be worth some $$$ these days. Police equip. issued factory cars, minus a/c. I wonder how many were made for all jurisdictions...if any? Pretty rare and I imagine all were auctioned after a few yrs. or offered up to the deputies or friends first. Would be cool to find one or more.

https://code3garage.com/catoosa-coun...ydcf33H3iCvsnQ

BADRACR1 10-19-2020 10:46pm

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Ahh, I remember them well. First one I ever saw I passed about two in the morning on a two lane road in my '67 Malibu. Didn't notice it until I got along side it and saw "SHERIFF" emblazoned across the door. I braked and dropped in right back behind him.
I knew the guy who did the service work on them. The '77's were all autos but the '79's were four speeds. Only way to still get the Pontiac motors.
They weren't all that fast. The stick cars would only run about a buck twenty. Autos 130 or so. I know many folks who bested them in contests of speed.

The last couple of pics are one that somebody found a few years ago. Plans are to restore it.
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The Pontiac LeMans's in the background were highly modified. They would fly!

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RonC5 10-20-2020 6:19am

Went up to Ellijay, GA last week. Around Gainsville FL I see a FHP Hellcat Challanger. Don't think the MDX could outrun that.

https://www.foxnews.com/auto/dodge-c...y-patrol-fleet

BADRACR1 10-23-2020 9:56pm

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BADRACR1 10-23-2020 9:58pm

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I have a Hot Rod magazine from 1979 somewhere with an article about the CHiPs using a fleet of eight 1978 Z/28's. It reported that most suffered from blown engines occasionally.Attachment 48392

bill_daniels 10-23-2020 10:17pm

The Border Patrol Museum in El Paso has a T/A. Not sure if it was a one off or if they had several of these.

https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2...680&fit=bounds

BADRACR1 10-23-2020 11:20pm

Little town in LA (Lower Alabama) called Brantley a few years ago had an early 2000's Gen IV Firebird Formula and a couple of BMW's. Don't know if they still do or not. Haven't seen any the last few times through there.

bryanZ06 10-24-2020 8:21am

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I remember seeing those occasionally back in the early-mid 90's. I think they were still around when I started driving, but I'm not 100% sure.

I was told a long time ago from a guy who is straight shooter that one of the GSP LX cars lit up a ZR-1 still wearing dealer plates on 400 one night and was quickly left behind.

VITE1 10-24-2020 8:45am

I had a '73 and '79 T/A. The '79 was a pig. Anything after '73 was slow and unresponsive.

snide 10-24-2020 9:28am

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I remember seeing those occasionally back in the early-mid 90's. I think they were still around when I started driving, but I'm not 100% sure.

I was told a long time ago from a guy who is straight shooter that one of the GSP LX cars lit up a ZR-1 still wearing dealer plates on 400 one night and was quickly left behind.

Welcome back! :thumbs::thumbs:

:cheers:

bryanZ06 10-24-2020 11:16am

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Welcome back! :thumbs::thumbs:

:cheers:

Thanks!

I didn't realize it had been almost a year since I posted!


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