Each year at Bloomington Gold there are several special groupings of Corvettes on display. This year we were especially looking forward to seeing the 2014 Corvette Stingray Pace Car from this year’s Indianapolis 500. Little did we know that the Pace Car Registry was assembling a collection of 1 example of every Corvette Pace Car that’s led the field at Indy.
Corvette was first selected to pace the field at Indy in 1978. Nearly 40 years later, Corvette has now led the Greatest Spectacle in Racing a total of 12 times. That’s more than any other vehicle model by a longshot. The other Corvette Pace Cars were: 1986, 1995, 1998, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012, and 2013.
Since 1978, Pace Car replicas and actual festival cars have been sought out by die hard race fans, collectors and aficionados in the years which GM has produced them. General Motors has produced replica Pace Cars every year except 2004, 2005, 2006, 2012, and 2013.
We’re big fans of the Corvette Pace Cars around here so we were really excited to see the entire collection presented at Bloomington Gold. We don’t ever recall seeing an entire set together in one place before. They even had a group of Corvette Pace Car go karts.
Let’s hope the new C7 convertible is the Pace Car for the 2014 Indianapolis 500. Meanwhile check out our gallery of “pacers” from Bloomington Gold 2013.