4TH PACE CAR REUNION
September 26-29, 2007
another memorable reunion of the Pace Car Registry is now
history. The overall concensus was that it was a great
time! The weather cooperated for the most part, with a slighly
soggy start on Wednesday, but after that the weather was fine
! We had a great showing of the different varieties of cars
with '78, '86, '95, '98, '02/03, an '06 Festival car, and
our newest collectible, 2007's being represented !
year, we began our reunion in the Racing Capital of the World,
Indianapolis (well, actually just outside of Indy in Cloverdale,
Wednesday evening, those participating in our Indy activities
arrived at the host Motel and completed registration and then
began to renew old acquaintances and make some new ones over
The next morning, we ventured over to the Speedway
to begin our busy day. The first thing we noticed was that
the grandstands next to the main gate were gone ! Some track
construction is now underway for the Red
Bull Indianapolis GP, the return of Motorcycle racing
to the Speedway, scheduled for September 14, 2008.
We began the day with some "free time"
to tour the Speedway
Museum. After that, we boarded two Speedway tour buses
and took a lap of the track, stopping on the "Yard of
Bricks" for a photo opp..
the photo opp, we moved inside for our "behind the scenes"
tour of the Pagoda, including the Media Center, Press Conference
Room, Timing and Scoring, and the Winners Circle.
WOW, WHAT A VIEW AND WHAT A FACILITY !!!
the tour (and a little more time to peruse the Gift
Shop) we left the track and headed to our luncheon engagement
as the guests of Griot's
Garage. This is one of their large distribution centers,
and they welcomed us all with open arms. We were treated to
a great lunch, offered door prize chances, and handed a free
sample of their minute detailer (Speed Shine). If you wanted
to purchase any of their products, special pricing offers
were available that day (which included free shipping), and
several of their folks were demonstrating their new detailing
/ orbital buffer kit (they actually spent the time to totally
buff out the top half of a '95 Pace Car). After having a pro
show you the right way to use these tools, it really did not
look that difficult, and they went out of their way to prove
you could not hurt your car with their buffer (Jim is still
recovering from that attempt to burn his paint off !).
After leaving Griot's, we headed back to the
Motel to "get presentable" for our dinner at the
Walden Inn, in Greencastle, In. The meal was excellent in
our private room, and we were treated to a special treat,
Ron McQueeney, Indys chief photographer who had lots
of stories to tell about his experiences at the track and
with Pace cars over the years. Until recently, Ron was also
"one of us", having owned one of the '98 Corvette
On Friday, we had a "travel day",
and participants were given two choices. They could leave
early and take the direct route to Bowling Green if they wanted
to attend one of the Corvette Assembly plant tours, or join
the caravan on the "scenic route" down US 231. The
roads offered some nice curves, breathtaking views, and a
chance to enjoy the "g's" occasionally. And of course
we had a stop for lunch !
Next stop, the NCM !! A quick look around at the displays,
and registration is again open for those only participating
in the Bowling Green activities.
Registry Coordinator, Paul Barth, just loaned another of his
Pace Car's (this time his new 2007) to the NCM for the Pace
car exhibit.. along with some memorabilia for the display
was setup selling prints. He has just introduced his "Steak
and Eggs" print that has all nine Pace cars in it, and
is now working on another 2007 Pace car print, and from what
we have seen so far, it looks like it will be another one
you will have to own !
evening was an "owner's night" for dinner, but then
the plans were to meet at the local go-kart track for some
competitive activities ! Some people are still licking their
wounds ! There were two tracks (road course and Nascar oval)
and they even brought the winged Sprint cars out for our group).
Ahhh, If they could only read ...
Saturday.... and another very busy day.... A guided tour
of the Museum, Presentations by Bob Kirsch (History of the
new 2007 Pace car), Wil Cooksey (Assembly Plant history and
Corvette Pace cars), and our first ever membership business
meeting, where the Registry leadership can get a better feeling
for what you want out of our organization. A group photo was
also taken in the Circle.
One of the key activites was the unveiling of the Pace Car
Registry's new brick !! This has been in the works since the
2001 Reunion !! Now, we do have limited spots located adjacent
to our large brick for our Members, so if you want to reserve
your place in history and have a smaller brick laid next to
ours, please contact our Public
During our dinner in the NCM Skydome, we were treated to
Roc Linkov and Wil Cooksey updating us on the Museum expansion
plans, and inquiring on what we as Corvette enthusiasts want
out of our Museum.
After dinner, Dana Forrester graced us with a presentation
about how he goes about creating his artwork, and some "secrets"
of his techniques. A very fun and informative speech ! Then
to close the evening, there was an auction of some special
collectibles that raised over $ 3,500 for the Museum.
Thanks to all those who made this great event possible, front
and foremost, Roc Linkov, NCM Events Manager. The list also
includes Adam Boca, NCM Events Coordinator, Betty Hardison,
NCM Resource Center Coordinator, Jim and Sharon Love (our
friends in Indy who assisted with those activities), and the
folks at Griot's Garage for that great luncheon and product
demos. And special thanks go out to our guest speakers: Ron
McQueeney, Wil Cooksey, and Dana Forrester. And not to forget,
thanks to Stephanie Morrill for working with us on our brick
design and unveiling (hope I did not miss anyone)!
is already underway for our next reunion. Watch the website
for more details as they develop.
you attended the reunion and have a great photo you would
like to share, just contact the Communications
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