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Mario's Tribute to Indy 500 Pace Cars 1946 to 2021

2021 Corvette C8 Mid-Engine

1946 Lincoln Continental

1947 Nash Ambassador

1948 Chevrolet Stylemaster

1949 Oldsmobile 88 ‘Rocket’

1950 Mercury Convertible Eight

1951 Chrysler New Yorker V-8

1952 Studebaker Commander

1953 Ford 50th Anniversary

1954 Dodge Royal 500

1955 Chevy BelAir V8

1956 DeSoto Fireflite Convertible

1957 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser

1958 Pontiac Bonneville

1959 Buick Electra 225

1960 Oldsmobile 98

1961 Ford T-Bird

1962 Studebaker Lark

1963 Chrysler ‘300’

1964 Ford Mustang

1965 Plymouth Sports Fury

1966 Mercury Comet Cyclone GT

1967 Chevy Camaro SS

1968 Ford Torino GT

1969 Chevy Camaro SS

1970 Olds 442

1971 Dodge Challenger

1972 Hurst Olds 442

1973 Cadillac Eldorado

1974 Hurst Olds Cutlass

1975 Buick Century Free Spirit

1976 Buick Century Turbocharged V-6

1977 Oldsmobile Delta 88

1978 Chevrolet Corvette 25th Anniversary C3

1979 Ford Mustang

1980 Pontiac Turbo Trans Am

1981 Buick Regal V-6

1982 Chevy Camaro Z28

1983 Buick Riviera Convertible

1984 Pontiac Fiero

1985 Oldsmobile Calais

1986 Corvette C4

1987 Chrysler LeBaron

1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme

1989 Pontiac Trans Am 20th Anniversary

1990 Chevrolet Beretta

1991 Dodge Viper RT10

1992 Cadillac Allanté

1993 Chevy Camaro Z28

1994 Ford Mustang Cobra

1995 Corvette C4

1996 Dodge Viper GTS

1997 Olds Aurora

1998 Corvette C5

1999 Chevrolet Monte Carlo

2000 Oldsmobile Aurora

2001 Oldsmobile Bravada

2002 Corvette 50th Anniversary C5

2003 Chevy SSR

2004 Corvette C5

2005 Corvette C6

2006 Corvette C6 Z06

2007 Corvette C6

2008 Corvette C6

2009 Chevy Camaro SS

2010 Chevy Camaro SS

2011 Chevy Camaro SS

2012 Corvette C6 ZR1

2013 Corvette C7 Stingray

2014 Chevy Camaro Z28

2015 Corvette C7 Z06

2016 50th Anniversary Chevy Camaro

2017 Corvette C7 Grand Sport

2018 Corvette C7 ZR1

2019 Corvette C7 Grand Sport

2020 Corvette C8 Stingray

2021 Corvette C8 Stingray


Video and audio clips

1911 First Indy 500


1911 Marmon Wasp - First Indy 500 Winner


2011 The Indy 500 Centennial


Indy 500 Pace Car Crash of 1971


2021 Indy 500 Pace Car


2021 Corvette Pace Car Walk around



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Comments

Mario on May 30, 2021 said:

Happy Memorial Day today to all the Gearheads!

In Honor of the Indy 500 Memorial Day Race today I am posting all the post WWII Indy 500 Pace Cars from 1946 thru 2021.

The First Indy 500 Race was in 1911 and I was fortunate to see the track not in 1911 (I'm not that old!) but in the early 2000's.

Enjoy! Mario

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Mario on May 30, 2021 said:

And the 2021 Indy 500 Winner is...........Helio Castroneves 4th Time Winner Indy 500 Race!

He won in 2001, 2002, 2009 amd now 2021.

Congratulations Helio!

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57timemachine on Jun 1, 2021 said:

I will take the 1955 Chevy and the 1967 Camaro Pace cars. You guys can take the rest. Cheers.

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Mario on Jun 2, 2021 said:

Those are great choices George. I would also take the 69 Camaro since I used to own one, not the Pace car edition though.

I am also inclined to go with the new mid-engine 2021 Corvette. That's a real beauty! Cheers.

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azmusclecar on Jun 1, 2021 said:

I must say, that is one eclectic collection of Pace Cars, From a Fiero to a Bravado to a Viper.

Nice work Mario........as usual. We've come to expect nothing less than your best.

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Mario on Jun 2, 2021 said:

I was just as surprised as you Rob when I was looking into the different Pace cars! What a crazy combo of cars. I didn't expect the Bravado!

The Corvettes have solidly taken over the top spot in the last several years but the new mid-engine ones are awesome!

Cheers!

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Mario on Jun 23, 2021 said:

Thanks Rob, I enjoy looking back at the history of our beloved "time machines" and opening up discussions on different topics. Your contributions are dearly welcomed. Cheers!

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57timemachine on Jun 2, 2021 said:

Some of the later choices are kind of funny actually. In reality there just were no good choices to pace anymore. Sadness over came the industry. Cheers.

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57timemachine on Jun 19, 2021 said:

Looks like GM owned the pace car domain for the last many years.

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Mario on Jun 21, 2021 said:

Yes George you're quite correct. GM has ruled the Pace Car for the last 25 years!

The last non GM Pace Car was in 1996 a Dodge Viper. And Corvette has been the Pace Car for 15 of those 25 years.

I guess one can say the Corvette is the true Pace Car of all time. Cheers.

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57timemachine on Jun 21, 2021 said:

What is up with NASH using a four door to pace and everyone else used a rag top for many years. NASH had a rag top but I wonder why they never used one. I wonder what the story is with the guy who slammed the 71 Challenger into the pit area. Maybe a bit too much to drink that day. Did anyone get hurt there at the time.

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Mario on Jun 21, 2021 said:

Eldon Palmer, a local Indianapolis-area Dodge dealer, lost control of the Dodge Challenger pace car at the south end of the pit area, and it crashed into a photographers' stand, injuring 29 people, two seriously.

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Mario on Jun 21, 2021 said:

As far as the Nash sedan pace car here is what I found out:

The reason why a closed car was chosen was simple. Nash didn't offer a convertible in 1947. The Nash was for the most part a bone-stock 1947 Ambassador four-door trunk sedan, a handsome body style that was rapidly displacing the Slipstream fastback sedan in popularity. Cheers!

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57timemachine on Jun 22, 2021 said:

Mario, thanks for the insight. As always it is very much appreciated. Cheers.

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Mario on Jun 23, 2021 said:

Thanks George you always have good questions and good comments. There's so much history in our cars and so much to learn or recall. Cheers!

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