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1/3/08 1:26am - Reply: 'MORE 78 Pace Car 0001 pics'
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San Tan Valley, AZ - USA

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1978 Indy Pace Car 4851 of 6502, Auto, L-48

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[QUOTE=LukesVette]Was this car ever owned privately or was it always in GM hands?[/QUOTE] As far as I can tell, this car has always been owned by GM.

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1/3/08 9:32am - Reply: 'MORE 78 Pace Car 0001 pics'
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Indianapolis, IN - USA

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Silver 1974 Convertible - L82 4 speed Low miles (was only 8,900 when I bought it in March 2006) - Now 42K miles. Original owner bought it as an investment for son's college expenses. 2008 Jetstream Blue Convertible - DAILY DRIVER!!

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[QUOTE=mkapp7879]One more observation I made at the Indy Auto Show. They had an information placard in front of the 0001(should hve taken a pic!!). One of the statements was about the first 300 units having special Goodyear tires with "Corvette" on them. We know this didn't happen. So how much other info was wrong? Anyway, it also stated a different cam was installed(L82 cam or something bigger?) and special dual exhaust. What did they mean by "special"? 0001 had factory Y into a cat and to the Y again.
It would be interesting to get a look underneath the speedway's and Unsers' Pace Cars to see if there's true duals.
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I did get a pic of that sign.  I should be able to post it Saturday (out of town until then).  I was surprised to see what it said about the special tires as well.  Now that I know that's wrong, it makes me wonder where they got their info...


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1/3/08 10:23am - Reply: 'MORE 78 Pace Car 0001 pics'
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#1-1974 L-48 4spd Cp Med Red Metallic/Black deluxe int w/AC/tilt/tele./p/w-p/b/ Am-Fm/map light National/Regional/Chapter NCRS "Top Flight" #2-1985 Bright Red/Carmine Cp.L-98/auto Member: NCRS, NCRS Texas, Corvette Legends of Texas

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The tire story was partially true...Goodyear WAS going to make them, but decided against it, for marketing/licensing reasons. There were some photos of one of the design cars with Corvette lettering on the tires. I'd have to look thru my library to find them.
I have always heard the actual Pacer DID have some exhaust mods, and a stouter cam than stock. Perhaps the "special" exhaust is nothing more than a gutted cat, and free-flow mufflers.
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1/3/08 3:28pm - Reply: 'MORE 78 Pace Car 0001 pics'
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There is a set of Corvette tires at the NCM

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1/4/08 1:08pm - Reply: 'MORE 78 Pace Car 0001 pics'
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I think I remember seeing those during one of my visits.



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1/30/08 7:31pm - Reply: 'MORE 78 Pace Car 0001 pics'
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Don't know if this was ever solved.


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1/30/08 10:33pm - Reply: 'MORE 78 Pace Car 0001 pics'
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There ya go Mike Thumbs%20Up  "You Da Man" Finally answered, when I googled the name I only came up with some Rocket Scientist.

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1/30/08 10:46pm - Reply: 'MORE 78 Pace Car 0001 pics'
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Can't take credit for it. Got a lead elsewhere. Searched the full name and found the obit. Seems like something we should have known, at least the Indy area guys!

Part of the Hulman family. They own or owned the track.
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