2ND PACE CAR REUNION
was a rather small party, compared to the '01 event, but a
nice grouping of fun people nonetheless. Unlike the '01 event,
there was no rain - the roads were dry! Somewhere over 25
Pace Cars (and under 50 riders-drivers) were to be counted
on different days over the period from Wednesday, October
8 (at Indianapolis) to Sunday, October 12 (at Bowling Green).
Remarkably, there were more '95s than any other years except
'98s, and all the '95 cars belonged to members of our Registry.
There were (3) '02 Pace Cars (aka '03 50th Anniversary models
with Pace Car decals) including my own (the only coupe). The
NCM's Larry Hayes was in charge of the program in Indianapolis,
and he did a super job of organizing and implementing the
in the lap at the Indy track were '95 PC owners: John Hess
(#425), Jim Egan (#444), Brian Faulkner (#367), Nick Petlicke
(Can. Seq. #12), John and Nancy Messersmith (#208), and Tom
Mallory (#380). Nick took the time to show us all the automatic
"Twilight Sentinel" light sensor on his dash that
was required for Canadian importation. But you can defeat
it by throwing a cover over the sensor -- I guess the authorities
hadn't figured on that one!
The Pacers lining up for the parade lap. Below: Jim Egan in
his '95 Pace Car on the track.
Friday, the group caravanned down to Bowling Green. Our small
contingent was led by Otis Baker, new Director of the '78
PC Registry. Starting with a surprisingly nutritious breakfast
at McDonald's next to the freeway, we covered the 230 miles
in under-the-estimated time and arrived in BG early for the
reality, the agenda for this year was a duplicate of that
in '01: the Lap at Indy, Indy Museum and gift shop visit,
Caravan to Bowling Green, plant tour, Road Tour, dinners at
Wendell Strode's 1869 Homestead and in the Museum, the group
photos, and the "goodies" auction. The only different
event was a lunch visit (during the Road Tour) to the Federal
Grove Bed & Breakfast. All in all, many participants thought
this was the best of all - led by NCM activities honcho Adam
Boca, a "spirited" tour through the countryside,
leaves just beginning to change, and the excellent home-style
lunch were just fabulous. And the small size of the group
added to the down-home feeling we all experienced.
and below: The Road Tour in Bowling Green.
The BBQ at Wendell's Home!
the most productive part of the events for the Chevrolet Corvette
Pace Car Registry was the chance to organize ourselves better.
I'm very happy to announce that we have a new Director for
the '78 Pace Cars, Otis Baker. Otis just retired as a Captain
with the Indiana State Police - it was some comfort to have
him leading us on the Caravan through Indiana - and he and
his wife Sharon drive a very nice low-miles '78 PC L82 automatic.
In addition, Bill & Gretchen Irwin, owners of an '86 convertible,
volunteered to assist Ralph Christ with the '86 Pace Cars,
as did Judy Martin (a fan of Gen. Chuck Yeager, the official
pace car driver at Indy in '86). Also, Margaret Kemp (and
Frank Kennedy) have taken up the gauntlet for the "Festival
Cars", those special Corvettes that are used at Indy
to augment the Pace Cars (for example, in 1990, when the Beretta
came out in a coupe instead of a convertible).
of this organizational activity became public at the final
dinner and auction at the Museum and was announced by the
Registry Coordinator, Paul Barth. Paul, Adam Boca, and I were
also very busy at the auction, and our members present raised
over $ 1,500 for the NCM. This was enough to complete payment
of our Registry commemorative brick design, a project started
at the '01 Reunion, and then some. All of you PC owners who
have contributed to the "Brick project" can now
rest assured that it will finally be carried out! A special
mention of thanks goes out to Jim Egan for his generosity
in supplying items for the auction (and even buying some of
you at our next Reunion, planned for 2005!!
Noel Osborn (95 #216)