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Old 06-24-2010, 11:31 PM   #1
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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.


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....




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













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!



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Old 06-25-2010, 12:15 AM   #2
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Old 06-25-2010, 12:23 AM   #3
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Old 06-25-2010, 12:31 AM   #4
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Old 06-25-2010, 12:42 AM   #5
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Thanks for sharing...love the picture of the 'one and only' Mario Andretti!!!
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Old 06-25-2010, 12:52 AM   #6
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[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.


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
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Old 06-25-2010, 12:53 AM   #7
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Old 06-25-2010, 01:12 AM   #8
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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.
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Old 06-25-2010, 02:29 AM   #10
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Congrats and enjoy the new car, great story I really enjoyed it.
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Old 06-25-2010, 06:33 AM   #11
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Congrats, good luck...

Any pics of the number plaque (is there one??)
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Old 06-25-2010, 07:04 AM   #12
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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.
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Old 06-25-2010, 07:10 AM   #13
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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.
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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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Congrats, good luck...

Any pics of the number plaque (is there one??)
No plaques... just a cool festival plate w/ number.

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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.
Nope... just a regular 2SS/RS L99 w/ IO interior. The stripes, headrests, floormats and badging are the only differences... The big deal is only 295 replicas were built which makes them rare. The Actual Pace Cars driven in the race are not sold. This one however was one of 50 driven at the track during all the festivities by an Indy exec or someone like that.
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Nice find!!! Didn't they have white stripes on the dash though?
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Nice find!!! Didn't they have white stripes on the dash though?
Only the Real Pace car did... apparently they took that option off the table at the last minute...

I had mine painted on the first week I got it...
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The old saying is IT ISN'T WHAT YOU KNOW BUT WHO YOU KNOW !!!!

What was the invoice on this car ???
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Congrats on the find, patience really paid off there. Very nice piece of history.
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OOOPPPS...another question, how did it acquire so many miles (183 ?) driven for what ?? thanks for the knowledge,,
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Any pics of the number plaque (is there one??)
There are numbers all over. There is a small #45 at the lower side of the drivers window, I have the Indiana issued License plate that has the Indy 500 Logo and the number 45 on it, and the parking pass sticker on the windshield has a 45 on it as well as an Indy Logo Hologram. There is a small round brass tag on the second set of keys with a 45 stamped into it, and I have the temporary registration papers for the Civic event license plate that has 45 and the VIN number of the car on it. It will be one of the most documented cars I have ever owned. Even the window sticker had a small post it note stuck to it with 45 written on it.

Here is a picture of the parking Sticker....

Here is one showing the windshield number, Parking pass and you can see the license plate on the dash......

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Old 06-25-2010, 09:23 AM   #23
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OOOPPPS...another question, how did it acquire so many miles (183 ?) driven for what ?? thanks for the knowledge,,
Most of the Festival cars have about 2000 miles. They were used by VIP's during the month of may and were used for on track and other festivities as well. Mine had 1831. I have seen a few with as many as 2300 and I also saw one with 325 miles.
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Thanks for the info. Do you plan to drive it or garage it?
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Thanks for the info. Do you plan to drive it or garage it?
It will be a dry day, fair weather, show and cruise car. Mileage will be kept to a minimum.
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