Camaro Pace Car Replica
"It is not recorded
when or where the first pacemaker...came into being."
"It appears that as early as 1907 or 1908 the Brookland race course in Surrey,
England may have made the first use of a pacemaking vehicle."
"In the United States, there seems little doubt the Indianapolis Motor Speedway made
the first use of a pacemaking vehicle."
"The original term for Pace Car was 'pace maker' or 'pace setter.'"
Excerpts from the
book "Pace Cars of the Indy 500" by L. Spencer Riggs.
The Chevrolet Camaro has
been selected to pace the Indy 500 four times since its introduction, in 1967, 1969, 1982,
get much marketing mileage out of the '67 pace car, building only
100 (maybe as many as 500!) or so in addition to the three actual pace cars and
festival and speedway cars. The extra cars were used as press and promotional vehicles, and the
public had only a limited chance to own one.
In 1969 there were
also three actual pace cars, two for the race and one to be given to the winner, as in 1967. There were
also 130 pace car replicas, mostly 350 automatics, and a few 396 big block cars. Chevrolet
decided to make the most of the publicity surrounding the race and created Regular Production
Option (RPO) Z11, which allowed anyone to order a pace car replica beginning in
February, 1969. Chevy sold 3,675 of these cars, as well as a few hundred
Z10 pace car hardtops.
built a similar number of pace cars for the race, and sold 6,360 pace car replicas under RPO 1FP87, which
you might recognize as the RPO for the Z/28 option, which the package was based on since
there was no longer an SS model. When the 4th generation Camaro debuted in 1993 it also
paced the Indy 500, the fourth Camaro and the ninth Chevrolet to do so, both records. Chevrolet
sold 633 pace cars replicas to the public, making the '93 the second rarest of the pace car family.
I hope to
provide complete information about the '82 and '93 pace cars on this site, but for now
explore the '67 and the '69. You can see a sweet '93 Pace Car on Clint Thompson's page.