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12/21/07 11:33pm - Reply: '1978 Indy Pace Cars'
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[QUOTE=jt's73]Mark, check this pace car out.
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ShockedOMG, that one is definitely worth drooling over........Approve


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12/30/07 3:18pm - Reply: '1978 Indy Pace Cars'
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I'm afraid I must add controversy to the discussion...
 
At the Indianapolis Auto Show last night, I made sure I did my best to take a picture that would show the VIN of the 78 Pace Car on display with the new Pace Cars for 2008.
 
It wasn't until I looked at the pix this morning on my PC that I saw what will create the controversy.
 
While my picture was not able to see the actual VIN plate, there is a sticker in the window near the VIN that shows that this car is Car #1 (the rear plate on the car also intimates this).
 
 
By the way, although my pictures don't show it, this car did have flag holes for the flags shown on the actual Pace Cars in promotional pictures.
 
Mark, this leads me to believe that Al Sr. was wrong about his car being VIN 1.  I had assumed that this was the car from the Indy Museum until I looked at another picture and saw the lettering at the top of the windshield, telling me this car's home is in a museum in Detroit. 
 
 
If this car is #1 and the car at the Indy 500 Museum is #2, then what does Al have and where is the fourth car?  I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I think the mystery has just deepened.
 
See other pix from the auto show on the post started by Adam about the new Pace Cars... 
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12/30/07 4:02pm - Reply: '1978 Indy Pace Cars'
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Looks like 8S900001 to me, after a little manipulating of the size, and color...

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12/30/07 4:44pm - Reply: '1978 Indy Pace Cars'
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Nice work Joel.  I had the camera set on the highest quality (7mp) and I've got a 10x optical zoom.  This means the sticker is correct and this is Pace Car #1.

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12/30/07 5:18pm - Reply: '1978 Indy Pace Cars'
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I don't know the history of the 1978 Pace Cars, but is it possible that Pace Car #1 was not VIN 1?



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12/30/07 6:38pm - Reply: '1978 Indy Pace Cars'
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[QUOTE=manget1] I had assumed that this was the car from the Indy Museum until I looked at another picture and saw the lettering at the top of the windshield, telling me this car's home is in a museum in Detroit.  [/QUOTE]
 
I can't make out the lettering. By chance does it say "General Motors Heritage Collection"? That's more of a storehouse for GM vehicles than a museum. Not open to the public.
 
Just getting my nose up to the screen I can read that VIN as 0001!
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12/30/07 7:16pm - Reply: '1978 Indy Pace Cars'
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You guys sux Wits%20End
 
No just kidding, thanks a ton Marshall for getting those pictures.  I believe that is the car from the GM Heritage Collection, and with my fancy foot work I believe it is VIN 0001.
 
I'm going to try and get Al to take a picture of his VIN#, the way he was hanging around his muesum I get the opinion hes a guy with alotta spare time on his hands.
 
So now the research continues.  I've talk to a few other people I've found but none could give me creditable information.  Thanks again Marshall.
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12/30/07 7:25pm - Reply: '1978 Indy Pace Cars'
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Mark, that foto enhancement is great! I was happy just to read that sticker...

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12/30/07 7:46pm - Reply: '1978 Indy Pace Cars'
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I'm going to send Ellen Brilley at IMS an email right now and get her to get me a picture of their VIN# of the Pacer in the Indy Museum.  And tommarow at work I'm sending Al Unser a Express Mail packet and ask him to get me a picture of his VIN#.  Don't know if this will work but I'ma gonna try.

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12/30/07 9:01pm - Reply: '1978 Indy Pace Cars'
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Spur of the moment! Both the Indy Auto Show and the Indy Speedway Museum are open tomorrow and Tuesday! Road Trip! Been wanting to get back to the museum for years now. Only about a 2 hour ride.

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12/30/07 9:31pm - Reply: '1978 Indy Pace Cars'
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[QUOTE=mkapp7879]Spur of the moment! Both the Indy Auto Show and the Indy Speedway Museum are open tomorrow and Tuesday! Road Trip! Been wanting to get back to the museum for years now. Only about a 2 hour ride.[/QUOTE] You sux also Mike LOL  Just kidding, why do I have to live so far away from everything Corvette Cry
 
Bring your camera and get me a picture of that VIN# on their Pacer.  Heres an idea Lamp  I'll pay anyones bail for getting me a close up of one of those VIN's Wink


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12/31/07 1:11am - Reply: '1978 Indy Pace Cars'
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I'll get it done! Gonna try and sweet talk my way up close to BOTH Pace Cars!
I thought about it and I'm thinking the 78 Pace Car won't make the trip to the Chicago show. Gotta see it when I can before they squirrel it away again!
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12/31/07 10:46pm - Reply: '1978 Indy Pace Cars'
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Ok Mike wheres the pics? Big%20smile

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1/1/08 12:26am - Reply: '1978 Indy Pace Cars'
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[QUOTE=cilrah]Ok Mike wheres the pics? Big%20smile[/QUOTE]
 
Workin' on it!!


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1/2/08 1:01am - Reply: '1978 Indy Pace Cars'
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Jeeez, the suspense is killing me!!! Shocked

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1/3/08 1:23am - Reply: '1978 Indy Pace Cars'
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Paul incase you have not seen yet the pictures car be seen HERE Thumbs%20Up cilrah2008-01-02 22:25:06

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1/3/08 12:37pm - Reply: '1978 Indy Pace Cars'
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[QUOTE=jt's73]...http://www.usedcorvettesforsale.com/1978-corvette-21858.html...[/QUOTE]
 
I've seen this car.  The last time I saw it (a few years back), it had 7 miles on the odo.  At that time it was being auctioned but was a no sale due to the reserve the seller had on it.  Sadly, it seems to be pertpetually for sale.
 
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1/9/08 9:16pm - Reply: '1978 Indy Pace Cars'
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I sent an express mail letter to the CEO of GM last week asking him if there was one specific person I could talk to about the history of the 78 Pace Car.  I didn't even know if I'd ever hear back from him but I tried.
 
Today when I got home I had a message on my answering machine, I have a phone meeting with an Excecutive Assistant to the CEO of GM at 10am in the morning Thumbs%20Up
 
Hope he has some good info for me.


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1/9/08 9:21pm - Reply: '1978 Indy Pace Cars'
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Awesome man! Can't wait to here the results of the meeting.

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1/9/08 10:20pm - Reply: '1978 Indy Pace Cars'
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Holy 6 speed yoos guys,,,,this is gitt-in interesting.Approve
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