CAMARO INDIANAPOLIS '500' MILE RACE
PACE CAR ACTIVITY MAY 1967
following vehicles are necessary to satisfy Chevrolet's commitments to
both the '500' Festival Committee and the Indianapolis Speedway in
connection with this activity.
43 Camaro Convertibles (Pace Car replicas)
3 Camaro Convertibles (Pace Cars)
10 Camaro Convertibles (Pace Car replicas)
BRASS HAT CARS
Vehicles approximately 25 of which will be Pace Car replicas and the
others, Station Wagons and Impala Sedans or Coupes. Nankivell Chevrolet,
3800 South U.S. #31, Indianapolis, will receive and make ready 19
Camaros and all five Station Wagons.
Kuhn Chevrolet, 1045 Broad Ripple Avenue, Indianapolis, will receive and
make ready 24 Camaros. All of the above vehicles are to be available for
delivery to the Festival Committee on March 30. (Actual delivery April 1
a.m.-War Memorial Plaza.)
three actual Pace Cars have been ordered for delivery to Chevrolet
Engineering where they will be conditioned for delivery and prepared for
their use as Pace Cars. These three units will be re-shipped by Traffic
to the Speedway, to be delivered on or before April 24.
servicing dealers will be paid the regular dealer delivery and handling
charge for conditioning these units for delivery. In addition, each unit
will be personally inspected and road-tested by a member of this
committee and, if not satisfactory, out-of-line conditions will be
corrected and an individual repair order written on each unit. The zone
purchase order will cover any miscellaneous labor other than
conditioning for delivery, which requires the use of dealership
personnel. This will take care of the affixing of decals, attaching of
license plates, vehicle identification numbers and so forth.
John Hail of Campbell Ewald, Detroit will work with the decal supplier
and be responsible for affixing the proper decals to the various
only thing that was not thoroughly discussed were the flags required on
the ten fire trucks and the three Pace Cars. These flags will require
special brackets. It was the Zone's intention when they were handling
this program to have the brackets made by the Chevrolet truck body plant
which is located in Indianapolis. If you wish to explore this source
Bill Gerrard Indianapolis can give you the name of his contact at the
plant. The brackets must be well built since they must withstand the
wind resistance that is created by high speed travel. I am sure the
brackets for the Camaro will have to be specially designed for proper
fit. These will have to be chromed.
43 Camaros: 1-43
Camaros:49-58 Pace Cars: 78-80
vehicle identification numbers 81 and above will be reserved for brass
hat cars. The three official Pace Cars together with the ten 3/4 ton
fire trucks must be equipped with appropriate brackets to retain metal
poles on which will be affixed appropriate flags approximately 28x32.
Exception: One of the three pace cars, to be determined at a later date,
will be presented to the winner of the race at the Victory Banquet
ceremony on May 31.
Queen Coronation Banquet is a formal (black-tie) affair except that the
Chevrolet official making the official presentation to the queen will be
dressed in white tie and tails. Chevrolet will make the official
presentation of a set of keys to her personal Camaro Convertible pace
car replica (from Festival Fleet), as well as a matched set of luggage.
Chevrolet will also present suitable favors to the five princesses
attending the queen.
is suggested that Mr. R.D. Lund make the presentation of the keys to her
car to the queen. Camaro No. 33 will actually have been delivered that
will have a float in the parade and celebrities will ride in the Camaros.
It is estimated that over 100 Camaros will be in the procession.
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cars will start from downtown with celebrities aboard All 43 Camaros
will parade around the track with celebrities and dignitaries aboard
after celebrities take their places in special reviewing sections. The
Camaro Pace Car will then lead the race contestants around the track
twice and the race is on. (Mr. Tony Hulman extends his personal
invitation to Mr. E.M. Estes, or whomever he designates, to ride with
him in the Pace Car.)
ZONE BRASS HAT
is contemplated that of the recommended 40 Zone brass hat cars,
approximately 25 be Pace Car replicas. Eight of these replicas should be
assigned to the Chevrolet Headquarters Room at the Speedway Motel
beginning May 12 through the end of the month. These cars are to be used
by Chevrolet Central Office personnel.