year the Chevrolet Corvette convertible returned to
pace the Indianapolis 500 (it's ninth Indy Start) and
in honor of being selected there were 500 replicas made
for sale to the public.
the 57 used at the track were the very first to be produced
out of the total run of 500 replicas. The remainder
of the replica production began in early June.
these will be collector cars as they were built in time
to be used as Track / Festival cars for this year's
race. The bulk of the group (48) arrived at the Speedway
on March 15th, with the last nine coming in on the 17th.
In all, two of the loads were shipped open carrier and
the rest were shipped enclosed per GM orders from Detroit.
In addition to the Pace Car graphics package, these
57 Corvettes were specially marked at the Speedway with
an event car decal and a two color sequence number assigned
to them on the windshield and a matching black number
placed behind the license plate.
you identify some of the differences between the actual
Pace car pictured in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Museum and the Replicas seen here?? First, on the actual
Pace car, there is a larger "Wing and Wheel "
graphic on the front fenders, while the Replicas have
a stunning 3-dimensional Emblem. Secondly, the actual
Pace car does not have an onboard Navigation system.
Third, the steering wheel trim is Orange on the actual
Pace car, where on the Replicas it is the standard silver.
What else will we find???
These Corvettes were assigned to the Speedway and Indy
500 Festival personnel and were used from April 4th
until May 30th, 2007, after which they were turned back
to General Motors for distribution to dealers for sale
to the public.
Here come the haulers!
Below: The first look at the front fender " Wing
and Wheel" Emblem installed on the Replicas.
(Trivia: the actual Pace Cars have larger Decals)
Below: Preparing to unload.