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The Don Meullhaupt TI/SUPER/TIS raced at least 1 Trans, Am Kent 1967, and I have seen him listed on Alfa sedan in local SCCA races.

Here is an advert for what he calls a Super-TI, so what was it? Ad from CP&A 02181967.

The picture is of what I believe is Meullhaupt on #12 in a Trans Am race in Pacific NW, likely Kent 1967. The picture is a picture of a picture that I took at a Watkins Glen Vintage race years ago in the paddock of the Camaro.

Does anyone know more.

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FWIW the horizontal chrome strips on the cowl panel would suggest a regular TI ... but things are not always what they appear ...

Then the seat look like they might actually be TI Super ones based on shape and color ...
 

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Heres another For sale Advert from CP&A 08131966

Heres another For sale Advert from CP&A 08131966 for the Don Muellhaupt Super TI. I think he is not claiming it the be a TI Super. But it is still a Trans Am Car if only a single race.
 

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The entry at Racing Sports Cars for Muellhaupt confirms him on #12 Super TI at Kent Trans Am 1967

see Don Muellhaupt (USA) - All Results - Racing Sports Cars

Date Race No. Car Drivers Entrant Result
8.10.1967 Trans-Am Kent 12 Alfa Romeo Super TI Don Muellhaupt Don Muellhaupt DNF
 

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Not only is Don still around he is still at the same phone number.

I spoke with him and he said that it was just a prepped TI. Prepared by Dennis Pillar who may have raced it before Don bought it.

Don raced Sprites and Minis before the Alfa TI and not much if any after.

Don said that #12 TI had the Checkered Flag graphic front and rear and that he rolled the TI at Portland so it was full of bondo.

The TI was also used by Don on the street as well as the track and Don traded it in on another domestic car or truck.

He thought it may have been raced after but doubts it survives today. Dennis Pillar may know more.

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Interesting about this being the ex-Dennis Pillar car.

Dennis Pillar has quite fond memories of that TI. So much so that he built a replica of it that he owns now or at least very recently.

Not only is Don still around he is still at the same phone number.

I spoke with him and he said that it was just a prepped TI. Prepared by Dennis Pillar who may have raced it before Don bought it.

Don raced Sprites and Minis before the Alfa TI and not much if any after.

Don said that #12 TI had the Checkered Flag graphic front and rear and that he rolled the TI at Portland so it was full of bondo.

The TI was also used by Don on the street as well as the track and Don traded it in on another domestic car or truck.

He thought it may have been raced after but doubts it survives today. Dennis Pillar may know more.

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I sent Denny Pillar a message about this thread. I'm sure he'll chime in . He was racing a couple different Supers back in that era and Don's possibly could have been one of Denny's. In the results of the Kent race you will notice that Denny was co driving the Mustang that finished 13th OA with Joe Chamberlain.

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TI Non Super

I put this car together in 1965 after Alfa wouldn't sell us a real TI Super, I ran every race in the Northwest, very succesfull season, Bob Rinde and I were 3rd overall at the Westwood 7hr? Enduro, the next weekend we went to the West Coast run offs at Vaca Ville and lead every lap except the important one. Steve Griswold let me use his shop during the next week to replace the failed clutch, and the next weekend we went to The "Pro Sedan" race at Stardust Raceways in Las Vegas, we won B? sedan and a mountain of cash ($75.00). We stopped at a Casino in Vegas on the way home and my wife put 10 cents in a machine and won another $75.00, we were rich!
I have no idea how we did all this with a stay at home Mom raising two little kids, I guess I had a very understanding boss.
I sold this car to Don Muhelhapt and during the winter I built another fake TI SUPER, but thats another story.

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As Dennis and Don have said this is the same TI.

Dennis Pillar on TI 1965 SCCA From Racing Sports Car web site

Dennis Pillar (USA) - All Results - Racing Sports Cars

Year: 1965
Date Race No. Car Drivers Entrant Result

1.3.1965 SCCA Regional Shelton [FP+GP+HP+Sedan] Alfa Romeo Giulia TI Super Dennis Pillar ?th

2.5.1965 SCCA Regional Newport [GP+HP+Sedan] Alfa Romeo Giulia TI Super Dennis Pillar 3rd

31.7.1965 SCCA Regional Kent [FP+GP+HP+HM+Sedan] Alfa Romeo Giulia TI Super Dennis Pillar ?th

12.9.1965 SCCA Regional Vacaville [FP+GP+HP+HM+Sedan] Alfa Romeo Giulia TI Super Dennis Pillar 3rd

9.10.1965 SCCA Regional Kent [EP+FP+GP+HP+HM+Sedan] Alfa Romeo Giulia TI Super Dennis Pillar raced

23.10.1965 5 h Westwood Alfa Romeo Giulia TI Super Pillar / Rinde 2nd
 

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I put this car together in 1965 after Alfa wouldn't sell us a real TI Super, I ran every race in the Northwest, very succesfull season, Bob Rinde and I were 3rd overall at the Westwood 7hr? Enduro, the next weekend we went to the West Coast run offs at Vaca Ville and lead every lap except the important one. Steve Griswold let me use his shop during the next week to replace the failed clutch, and the next weekend we went to The "Pro Sedan" race at Stardust Raceways in Las Vegas, we won B? sedan and a mountain of cash ($75.00). We stopped at a Casino in Vegas on the way home and my wife put 10 cents in a machine and won another $75.00, we were rich!
I have no idea how we did all this with a stay at home Mom raising two little kids, I guess I had a very understanding boss.
I sold this car to Don Muhelhapt and during the winter I built another fake TI SUPER, but thats another story.

OFRACER Aka Denny Pillar
Hi Dennis thanks for jumping in re this TI. Do you know what happened to this TI after Don Traded it in for a domestic vehicle? Don thinks it is long gone.

And as we seem to be collecting stories here in the SEDAN Forum, about the USA racing TI/SUPER/TI SUPER maybe you could start a new thread and tell the other story about the second Super -TI you built.

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Unfortunately the TI died an unfortunate death. Denny sold it to a guy here in Portland as a roller. I sold him my ex Dave Amen/Gary Rutherford Ron Neale built 2 liter and a new close ratio gear set, as well as a set of street 14" Minilites. He decided to go Mini stock racing with it and really butchered it up.
In the late 90's he died from a drug overdose. I purchased the TI, a 69 and '71 GTV and an Alfetta GTV from his ex-wife for $2500. The TI had it's nose shortened about two inches and a flate piece of steel welded on with a rectangular hole for the radiator opening. The brake lights were trailer lights mounted in the trunk with larger holes cut in the sheet metal. IIRC, all the doors were welded shut. It still had the good 2 liter with 48 Dellorto's, close ratio box, fuel cell and lots of Aeroquip hose and springs. Some of those parts were used in my yellow 67/69 Duetto race car build. I cut up the rest of it with a sawzall and sent it off to the scrap man. So some of it lives on!
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Unfortunately the TI died an unfortunate death. Denny sold it to a guy here in Portland as a roller. I sold him my ex Dave Amen/Gary Rutherford Ron Neale built 2 liter and a new close ratio gear set, as well as a set of street 14" Minilites. He decided to go Mini stock racing with it and really butchered it up.
In the late 90's he died from a drug overdose. I purchased the TI, a 69 and '71 GTV and an Alfetta GTV from his ex-wife for $2500. The TI had it's nose shortened about two inches and a flate piece of steel welded on with a rectangular hole for the radiator opening. The brake lights were trailer lights mounted in the trunk with larger holes cut in the sheet metal. IIRC, all the doors were welded shut. It still had the good 2 liter with 48 Dellorto's, close ratio box, fuel cell and lots of Aeroquip hose and springs. Some of those parts were used in my yellow 67/69 Duetto race car build. I cut up the rest of it with a sawzall and sent it off to the scrap man. So some of it lives on!
Stu Moss
Hi Stu, thanks for for this. I think you are talking about the second TI that Dennis P. said he built after selling the first one to Don M. Is that right and if so looks like both are likely long gone.

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TI History (fake Ti Supers)

The Ti you refer to is what we (I) call the Blue Ti, I bought this Ti from Rambo Motors new off the showroom floor in early 1965,took it home to my 1 1/2 car garage and in two or three weeks was racing it, things were easier then. at the end of the 65 season I sold it to Don Muelhapt. With the money I got from Don I went back to Rambo Motors (I worked for them in the 50s!) and bought another Ti, this one I call the Red Ti, and did the same thing with it only better and had another great season, SCCA finally let this be a National class so I tried to qualify for the runoffs but not being able to afford to go out of the region I ended up 4th, but I was able to go to Riverside as "an alternate", I got to practice and qualify and had a great time, my times were better than 2nd and 3rd from the North Pacific Region but I didn't get to race. The highlight of the event was when Horst Kweck came over to talk to me and said he had never seen a "Red TI Super" and I had to tell him it was a fake, who knew we would someday have the "internet" and I would be caught 50 years later. So both Ti's are gone, the Blue Ti was cut up and put into the metal scrap bin by Stu Moss, the 1st Red Ti was apparently damaged beyond repair in California or Arizona in the late 60s but there is another Red Ti that I built in the late 90s as a tribute that is alive and well somewhere in California. There is a lot more to the "fake" Ti,s,story but I only remember thing like that after I push the "send" button.

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Pretty sure this Giulia Ti racer is featured in this You Tube Video

 
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Yes, that was Denny in the blue TI. The black spider was Bob Rinse, who also raced out of Rambo Motors. It was a car that was originally built by Doan Spencer at Hollywood Sports Cars, and I think threw a rod first time out and that's when Rambo Motors acquired it. I was at that race at Newport!.. as a 17 year old. My dad was put steward and my mom was in scoring. I hung out with Pierre Philips and the group of Formula Jr's and Lotus sports racers that he brought in via Fred Opert.
 

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A couple of screen shots from that video.
 

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