About Team Starfish
The car is a vintage race prepared 1966 Plymouth Barracuda
Formula S which has been built to FIA Homologation standards as a
Group 3 GT car for European type endurance races. For some race
organizations, the car is classified as a "A Sedan" car, along with
the Dodge Dart, Chevrolet Camaro, Ford Mustang notchback, AMC
Javelin, and Pontiac Firebird. With others, it's a Group 3 GT car,
where Shelby Cobras, and Grand Sport Corvettes roam.
In vintage races, all of the 1962-1969 "big bore" (over 2.5
liters) production cars generally race together, so we race also
with "A Production", and "B Production" Shelby Mustangs, Corvettes,
Cobras, Tigers, Jags, and even Ferraris and some larger bore
Alfas and Porsches.
The car is raced under the name TEAM STARFISH to commemorate the
efforts of Plymouth, Charlie Rainville, and Scott Harvey
who ran factory backed Barracudas under the same team name in
the inaugural year (1966) of the SCCA Trans-Am series. (Everyone
knows of the famous Gurney/Savage Trans-Am Challengers of 1970, but
few know the factory was fully involved in 1966 as well).
The "STAR" in "Starfish" was for the Chrysler "pentastar" logo
seen here and on the front fender of almost every Mopar,
and the "FISH", well, you can figure that one out yourself!
This car was built by Mike Ritz in 1994 as a vintage racer that
still is street legal and road worthy, with help from a host of
people and businesses. This car
is not a "clone" of an Trans-Am car. We like to think of it as a
"tribute" car to days gone by!
The car has now logged over 40 race weekends, and over 5,000
miles of racing action!
Some have wondered why a somewhat rare (about 2300 made) original
Formula S car was not kept stock, especially since it started as a
complete car. (Albeit dented and weathered from years of sitting
outdoors.) The answer is easy.... Its an early A-Body, and every
Mopar guy knows that if you don't have a B- or E-body, equipped
with a fire breathing Hemi, you don't have a real Mopar! (just
kidding, but some Mopar people really think that way!)