By JIM PARKER
The Post and Courier
How does a 2007 Indy Pace Car Edition Corvette go from circling the famed Indiana racetrack to being sold to a Bluffton car enthusiast?
Fred Schattall, who displayed the car April 20 at the annual Vettes Doin Charleston all-Corvette show west of the Ashley, had the answer.
“It comes with a nice little history,” said Schattall, who is the second owner.
The model was the last of 57 built that year as “festival” cars for pace duties. Schattall said the executive editor of the Indianapolis Star newspaper drove the model.
After the race, crews put the car on a truck and shipped it back to General Motors. The model made its way to Illinois and later was auctioned off in North Carolina to a dealer on U.S. Highway 278 in Beaufort County.
“My wife happened to see it. That’s all it took,” Schattall says. He bought the sports car and gave it to his wife.
Schattall, a member of the Coastal Corvette Association in the Beaufort-Savannah, Ga., area, called the special ’Vette with Atomic Orange exterior “awesome. It’s all original, nothing replaced, and only has 17,000 miles,” he said.
The Indy 500 pace-car model was one of 180 Corvettes to fill out the Sears Auto Center parking lot at Citadel Mall for the sixth year of Vettes Doin Charleston.
The show moved to West Ashley this year after a five-year run at Tanger Outlets in North Charleston.
Marty Ott, president of show organizer Coastal Carolina Corvette Club, said the event was well attended “considering the inclement weather.” A storm the night before affected car buffs driving in from out of town, and skies threatened Saturday.
He said 140 cars registered for the show, and there were also 40 cars from the Coastal Carolina club.
Out-of-towners arrived from as far as Tennessee, Virginia and Florida and there was at least one ’Vette from Illinois.
Ryan Wheat of Summerville displayed his 505-horsepower Corvette Z06. The car, a 2006 model, “only had 9,925 miles. It’s a blast to drive,” he said.
Among the show volunteers was Bob Driscoll, who also entered his silver 1979 Corvette Stingray. “It’s a good toy, to play around,” he quipped.
Among the spectators checking out the models were the Dunmeyers of Ravenel. They happened to be at Citadel Mall when Raekwon Dunmeyer spotted the show, his grandmother Eva Campbell said.
Dunmeyer, 10, is a huge car fan, she said. His favorite car? He promptly walked up to a white 2001 Corvette nearby.
The owner, Frank Dayton of Niceville, Fla., had driven to Charleston with the Sunset Vettes of Northwest Florida club.
“It’s extremely comfortable,” he said of the convertible. The sports car has logged 100,000 miles including on trips to Washington, D.C., Michigan to see a granddaughter, the Baseball Hall of Fame in upstate New York and to California “several times. And it gets 27 mpg,” he said.
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