Hall of Fame Museum
Indianapolis 500 Pace Car Reunion
a Wonderful time!! Gorgeous weather, and the folks at
the Indianapolis Motor Speedway did an excellent job showing
ALL of the Pace Car owners how they can host a great event.
3-day weekend began with the Pacer's arriving at the Speedway
for setup. Originally, we were to be placed on the grassy
area surrounding the lake, however, due to recent rains, it
was decided to park us all on the F1 Road Course! This was
an excellent vantage point for spectators arriving, since
the Tram service passed by us and there were stops nearby.
evening was spent at the Museum for a "Welcome"
dinner reception, with plenty of time to wander the collection
of historic vehicles on display there. We received a "Brickyard"
souveneir box with several nice collectibles, including a
very nice special event polo shirt to commemorate the 90th
there were 187 Pace Cars on display at the reunion, ranging
in years from 1911 thru 2005. The Museum helped out by dusting
off some special cars from their own collection of "actual
was represented by Indy Pace cars from 1978, 1986, 1995, 1998,
2002, 2004, and 2005 (not to mention the REAL 2006 Corvette
Pace car that was busy trackside - above). Additionally, there
were "Festival Corvettes" from 1990, 2003, 2004,
2005, and of course the 2006 versions running around Indy
performing their various duties for their drivers.
our "full access" Bronze Badges, we were given the
run of the house, including Gasoline Alley. Fortunately (for
us), "Pole Day" qualifying was rained out the weekend
before the Reunion, so we were able to witness ALL qualifying,
including "Bump Day" activities while we were there!
Drivers were easily accessible for photos and autographs,
and were happy to oblige.
very rare vehicles were present, for example this Camaro Festival
vehicle, which we were told is the only remaining in Indy
colors. Even this year's "Festival Ladies" (below)
were out and about enjoying the sites!
Sunday, there was the traditional "fly by" for opening
ceremonies to start the day, and there was a military and
Coast Guard Helicopter display to browse thru. At the end
of the day Sunday, after the Pace Cars took their lap, the
Helicopters also took off and took a lap of the track!
The culmination to a wonderful weekend came
when we all took to the track for our Parade Lap.
Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum,
for a great event, and thanks to Howard Kirchenbauer for all
the effort he spent helping plan and execute the event! We
are looking forward to many more!
Kirsch (95 Indy track car #137)
see a LOT more photos of this event, stop by The
Kodak Easy Share Gallery.