8th PACE CAR REUNION
those that attended, our Reunion started off in a dreary,
cool, soggy way with plenty of weather in the area (mostly
had 58 people who registered for this, our 8th Pace Car Reunion!
We had a great variation of Corvette Pace cars (1978 thru
a 2014 Replica as well as our repeat attendee with his Gatorade
Duel Daytona Pace Car, and several Corvette non-Pace Cars
and even one Camaro!).
those events planned for Dayton were indoors and unaffected
by the weather, and to be positive, there was no need to wash/clean
our cars! Later during the event, and before we reached our
final destination of Indianapolis, the weather turned around
and gave us a beautiful Saturday at the Speedway for Qualifying
weekend festivities. Those PCR Reunion jackets that were part
of our registration package really came in handy!
evening was our Sub Sandwich Welcome reception at the Host
Hotel to kick off our event.
morning saw the group heading off to the National
Museum of the US Air Force for a 1/2 day self guided tour.
group then headed off to Carillon
Historical Park for lunch followed by an afternoon guided
those who are not aware, Carillon Historical Park engages
you to sample Daytons rich heritage of creativity and
invention! Founded by Colonel Edward and Edith Deeds, the
Park is situated on a beautiful 65-acre campus between the
Great Miami River and a glacial moraine.The Park immerses
you in the regions history from Daytons
founding in 1796 through two centuries of expansion, industrialism
then headed back to the hotel and had a great buffet dinner
and small presentation about the Registry and our history.
We were fortunate enough to have a Member of the Board of
Directors from the National
Corvette Museum in attendance who gave a brief update
on the events surrounding the devastating Sink Hole that occurred
there earlier this year.
morning we embarked on our "travel day". The final
destination was Indianapolis, but we made three stops along
the way to view privately owned car and automobilia collections,
enjoying lunch at one stop, and dinner at another.
1, the James A. Collection. This was a very large eclectic
collection of cars. Many brands, domestic and imports, stock
to custom, some in various stages of restoration, and a few
unexpected items to see! The common fact about the collection
may be that they are all manual transmission cars, which the
owner really enjoys. James was also nice enough to coordinate
having our event logo up on the large video billboard next
to his business overlooking the interstate!
Dabba Doo, time to go fishing ! Check out our Smugmug photo
album for all of the photos of the cool cars (things?), we
2, the Bill M. collection and a Pizza lunch, During the tour
at Bill's we viewed his collection of Corvettes representing
years 1953 thru 2008, including one of every Replica Corvette
Indy Pace Car year produced, a Corvette Challenge race car,
and a '63 Split Window A/C Coupe. We were also treated to
a viewing of his rather large gun collection, and a Pizza
- yet another photo op of our gang, this time at Bill's place!
3rd and final stop of the day was to view the wild collection
of automobilia owned by Tom M. This collection is anything
you can imagine that ranges from pedal cars to classic restaurant
items, to neon signs, to .... and the list just goes on. Oh
yeah, and sprinkled thru the collection are a few cars, like
a Ford GT, C2 Corvette, Vintage Ford Thunderbird, Classic
trucks, and more. You really need to check out the detailed
photos on our SmugMug Gallery. Here are but a few.....
also invited Steve from Furious
Shine, the FIRST Adam's Premium Car Care Authorized Dealer
in Indiana. Steve was gracious enough to setup his large display
of Adam's products, answer detailing questions/suggest solutions,
and offered those in attendance a very nice discount for items
purchased that day.Thanks Steve!
Our final Day -
some socializing at the Hotel Bar Friday evening, we had a
good nights rest and started Saturday off with a Breakfast
Buffet, and then off to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to
locate our special infield parking on the F1 turn and enjoy
Pole Qualifying day !
it be, yes, our final photo op - this time at the Speedway
and with all of our attendees - including those that joined
us for the Indianapolis leg only.
How does that song go again - something about "Back Home
Again in Indiana..." - our 1995 Winner Jacques Villeneuve
was back in the saddle, his first return since his epic win
and move to Formula 1 in 1996.
for our final photo of the day below, you need to keep your
eyes open for race team members everywhere!
close our event, we enjoyed a great dinner at Grindstone's
Restaurant and Pub, and our bi-annual Membership meeting
and Door Prize distribution back at the Hotel (below), and
then Sunday we were all making our trek home (or staying to
view day 2 of qualifying),
would all like to thank James, Bill, and Tom for opening their
doors to their private collections for our Reunion attendees,
not to mention hosting our lunch and great Bar-B-Que dinner!
of course we would be remiss in not thanking the three key
players who brought the reunion together, Bruce J, Bruce B,
and Lavelle, our hands on the ground! Job well done!
a special thanks to those who contributed door prizes, including
Forrester for donating one of his multi-year Pace Car
Giclee prints, titled "Steak and Eggs"!
view more photos, we have two albums on our SmugMug account.
One album contains photos taken by our Communications Director,
Bob Kirsch. <HERE>
second album contains photos taken by Brandon Townley, <HERE>
who was the official event photographer. To purchase professionally
made prints from his album, please email him at : firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information and pricing.
sure to check out all of our other SmugMug Event Photo Albums,
just select Browse and surf away !
do we beat this in 2016!