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autoguy 06-25-2010 12:31 AM

Picked up a New Pace Car Festival Car!!!!
 
I was looking to possibly buy a 2010 Pace Car. I kind of forgot about it until the week before the race. The Wednesday before the Race I sent a text message to a friend that was out at Indy for the race. I told him I was looking to buy a Pace Car Replica, and asked if he could maybe talk to one of his connections at GM for me. I did not get an answer immediately, and after a week or so went by after the race, I assumed nothing was going to happen.

I started my own search for a Pace Car. I found multiple cars on Cars.com at dealerships and a few on ebay. None of these were numbered Festival or Parade Cars. I tried to buy one from a dealer in Texas, but after getting the double talk about what my trade was worth, I decided to abort that deal. I talked to Becky at Rodgers, and told me she had a line on another one for me. She went above and beyond trying to help, but again, nobody (their Used car manager or wholesaler) ever wants to put proper money into a trade, so that deal was off as well.

It was around this time I learned of the Numbered Festival/Parade Cars. I located a few and while I was very close to closing a deal on car #17, I received a phone call from Craig at GM. He is an Engineering Group Manager for GM Performance Division and their group is responsible for the Pace Car Program. He proceeds to tell me my friend called him during the race weekend and personally asked for them to set me up with a car, and they have one set aside for me. I was given the name of the Regional Sales manager of Chevrolet for the Indianapolis area, and he directed me to the person that is in charge of distributing the Festival/Parade Cars. At this time, I still do not know where the car is or if it is a Dealer Car or a Festival Car.

I was directed to get in touch with Bill Estes Chevrolet in Indianapolis. Upon calling them, I got hooked up with Damon Smith who is their ebay/Internet Sales Manager. He made a few phone calls and called me back. He proceeds to tell me the car is still at the Speedway and is in fact a Festival Car #45 with 1831 miles on it. I cannot believe this is happening!

Shortly thereafter, he sent me an email stating this car has my name on it, and I can have it delivered through any Chevrolet Dealership I choose and that I am to be treated as a VIP. If they did not make the deal I wanted, I could go to a different dealership. I told him I had a trade, and that I wanted to pay invoice for the Camaro and the amount I wanted for the trade. 1/2 Hour later I get a call back saying everything is fine, when do I want to pick it up?

He then went to the Speedway and made a video of the car for me. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Em0f2QYHXOE

I made arrangements to trailer my '94 Corvette Trade 625 miles to Indianapolis and bring #45 home. We drove out Sunday 6/20. Left Allentown PA at 10 AM and arrived at the dealership at 9 PM. Unloaded the Vette and crashed at a Red Roof Inn across the street. Got up Monday morning, went to the dealership and picked up #45. Stopped at the Speedway on the way home and took some pics in front of the Museum.


My Trade ready for the trip....
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y88...y/IMG_3462.jpg
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y88...y/IMG_3464.jpg


Some pics of the car........


http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y88...y/IMG_3513.jpg
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y88...y/IMG_3701.jpg
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y88...y/IMG_3702.jpg
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y88...y/IMG_3703.jpg
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y88...y/IMG_3700.jpg
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y88...y/IMG_3726.jpg
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y88...y/IMG_3650.jpg
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y88...y/IMG_3677.jpg



Oh, I almost forgot, a HUGE THANKS to my friend that set this up for me. The worlds Greatest Race Car Driver Ever, and one of the nicest people I have had the honor to meet..........And the '69 Indy 500 Champion!!!! The one and Only...Mario Andretti!


http://www.photof1.com/mario_andretti2.jpg

ffrcobra_65 06-25-2010 01:15 AM

you lucky guy you!!!! Congrats!

mlee 06-25-2010 01:23 AM

Super Nice! Welcome to the club...:thumbsup:

Be sure and check in here..
http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=89978

Inferno Man 06-25-2010 01:31 AM

Awesome ride and Congrats!!!!!:D

"prima"Donna 06-25-2010 01:42 AM

:coolpics:

Thanks for sharing...love the picture of the 'one and only' Mario Andretti!!! :thumbsup:

Kycamaross 06-25-2010 01:52 AM

[QUOTE=autoguy;2024535]I was looking to possibly buy a 2010 Pace Car. I kind of forgot about it until the week before the race. The Wednesday before the Race I sent a text message to a friend that was out at Indy for the race. I told him I was looking to buy a Pace Car Replica, and asked if he could maybe talk to one of his connections at GM for me. I did not get an answer immediately, and after a week or so went by after the race, I assumed nothing was going to happen.

I started my own search for a Pace Car. I found multiple cars on Cars.com at dealerships and a few on ebay. None of these were numbered Festival or Parade Cars. I tried to buy one from a dealer in Texas, but after getting the double talk about what my trade was worth, I decided to abort that deal. I then hooked up with a woman that worked at a Chevy Dealership near Detroit. She owns a Pace Car Replica and told me she had a line on another one for me. Again, nobody ever wants to put proper money into a trade, so that deal was off as well.

It was around this time I learned of the Numbered Festival/Parade Cars. I located a few and while I was very close to closing a deal on car #17, I received a phone call from Craig at GM. He is an Engineering Group Manager for Chevy and their group is responsible for the Pace Car Program. He proceeds to tell me my friend called him during the race weekend and personally asked for them to set me up with a car, and they have one set aside for me. I was given the name of the Regional Sales manager of Chevrolet for the Indianapolis area, and he directed me to the person that is in charge of distributing the Festival/Parade Cars. At this time, I still do not know where the car is or if it is a Dealer Car or a Festival Car.

I was directed to get in touch with Bill Estes Chevrolet in Indianapolis. Upon calling them, I got hooked up with Damon Smith who is their ebay/Internet Sales Manager. He made a few phone calls and called me back. He proceeds to tell me the car is still at the Speedway and is in fact a Festival Car #45 with 1831 miles on it. I cannot believe this is happening!

Shortly thereafter, he sends me an email stating this car has my name on it, and I can have it delivered through any Chevrolet Dealership I choose and that I am to be treated as a VIP. If they did not make the deal I wanted, I could go to a different dealership. I told him I had a trade, and that I wanted to pay invoice for the Camaro and the amount I wanted for the trade. 1/2 Hour later I get a call back saying everything is fine, when do I want to pick it up?

He then went to the Speedway and proceeded to make a video of the car for me. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Em0f2QYHXOE

I proceeded to make arrangements to trailer my '94 Corvette Trade 625 miles to Indianapolis and bring #45 home. We drove out Sunday 6/20. Left Allentown PA at 10 AM and arrived at the dealership at 9 PM. Unloaded the Vette and crashed at a Red Roof Inn across the street. Got up Monday morning, went to the dealership and picked up #45. Stopped at the Speedway on the way home and took some pics in front of the Museum.


Did you in fact pick it up at Bill Estes Chevrolet?

I drove 2 hours (not as long as yours of course) to pick up my Camaro from Bill Estes. I cannot believe how this dealership made me feel. They treated this out of town guy like a king. When they knew I was coming up, they put this car up, so as to not have anyone else look at it. I have never been treated like this by any of my local dealerships. I couldn't get up to Becky or Camaro Scotty's places, so I am so damn glad I found this dealership

Revo1 06-25-2010 01:53 AM

BEAST. Nice find :thumbsup:

autoguy 06-25-2010 02:12 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kycamaross (Post 2024906)
Did you in fact pick it up at Bill Estes Chevrolet?

I drove 2 hours (not as long as yours of course) to pick up my Camaro from Bill Estes. I cannot believe how this dealership made me feel. They treated this out of town guy like a king. When they knew I was coming up, they put this car up, so as to not have anyone else look at it. I have never been treated like this by any of my local dealerships. I couldn't get up to Becky or Camaro Scotty's places, so I am so damn glad I found this dealership

Yes I did. Great people there. Damon Smith returned calls promptly and had all the answers and Info I was looking for. They even stored the car indoors for almost a week until I could get out there and pick it up.

Sevn86 06-25-2010 02:57 AM

Congrats!

RED10LS 06-25-2010 03:29 AM

Congrats and enjoy the new car, great story I really enjoyed it.

Rogue Leader 06-25-2010 07:33 AM

Congrats, good luck...

Any pics of the number plaque (is there one??)

Memphis SS 06-25-2010 08:04 AM

Congrats!!! You lucky dog..

I've been to several Indy 500 races. That has got to be one of the nicest tracks in the country.

Ciscovet 06-25-2010 08:10 AM

Sorry for my ignorance but is there any modifications to the car? What is so special about the car? Is it driven in the race and then handed over to you? I'm obviously new to this.

BeckyD@RodgersChevrolet 06-25-2010 09:02 AM

Awesome car and a great history to go with it. It will look great with your collection of fine cars. Welcome to the Pace Car family. ;)


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