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OK- here we go. Indy 500 Pace Cars 1970-1980.

1970- Oldsmobile. 442 convertible

1971- Dodge. Challenger. This was the year the Pace Car went into the stands and near 'bout made a mess

1972- Oldsmobile. Hurst/Olds convertible. Hurst itself prepped and campaigned the car since the manufacturers were leery of liability lawsuits after the 71 fiasco

1973- Cadillac. Eldorado convertible

1974- Oldsmobile. Specially built targa topped Hurst/Olds coupe. What I have less targa top. Complete with VA vanity plate 58THNDY <img src="/ubbthreads/images/icons/cool.gif" alt="" />

1975- Buick. Regal

1976- Buick. Turbo Regal

1977- Oldsmobile. Delta 88 coupe

1978- Corvette. Black & silver 25th Anniversary/Pace Car

1979- Ford. Mustang coupe

1980- Pontiac. Turbo TransAM

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Did you get to see the actual 1974 Hurst Olds Pace Car at the RE Olds Museum? It is owned by a car dealer from North Carolina. They had more actual Oldsmobile Pace Cars for that display than at any other time.

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I have had the pleasure of riding in that car. An even greater pleasure would be to actually drive it <img src="/ubbthreads/images/icons/ooo.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/ubbthreads/images/icons/wink.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/ubbthreads/images/icons/cool.gif" alt="" /> , but I doubt I could ever talk Rooster Bush into that. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/icons/frown.gif" alt="" /> It's only a couple hours from here. Once me Pace Car is done, I want pics of the two together.

Couple years back I took the Hurst to a local show in Stuart VA, figuring I would have the only Indy Pace Car replica there, much less one documented as having been at Indy for the 500. Placed it on the field and be damned if the local Chevy dealer didn't trot out a Brickyard Monte Carlo and set it right next to me. And most people didn't even realise the Hurst WAS a Pace Car, since the door graphics were lost in a late 70s repaint. Anyway- the show promoters and sponsors got some mileage out of their little Blue Ridge Mountains show having two Indy Pace Cars on the field.

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Rooster Bushs 1974 Pace Car is believed to be the only remaining "actual" Pace Car from 1974. I had a chance to ride in it also. It is a very powerful car. I also had a chance to ride on the track at Indy in the only remaining "actual" 1970 442 Pace Car, what a thrill.

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