Wrecked Vette Wednesday: Semi Takes Out 1978 C3 Indy Pace Car

Driving cautiously seems like a good plan, but when your vehicle is traveling below the posted speed limit without a justifiable cause you become a moving target. KBOI 2 (a local Boise, Idaho news station) reported a car crash near the border of Idaho and Oregon that sent two people to the hospital. Unfortunately the car was not just any run of the mill beater or commuter car; it was a 1978 Indianapolis 500 Pace Car C3 Corvette. Idaho State Police reported that the couple in the C3 Pace Car were driving below the posted speed limit when they were rear ended by a tractor-trailer.

When the semi collided with the limited edition C3, the force of the impact forced the Corvette off the road. As the picture illustrates, the Corvette sustained major damage that will likely result in this car being totaled by the insurance company. Both people in the Corvette were taken to a Boise hospital for treatment and subsequently released. However, the driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured in the collision. No reports were available regarding the weather or road conditions, but if there were no major reasons for the driver of the C3 to be traveling below the posted speed limit, it seems as though he or she might have been a little overly cautious. It may seem like a damned if you do or damned if you don’t when it comes to speed, but common sense should prevail.

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Lauren Camille

Lauren is a graduate of California State University Fullerton, and has experience working for several enthusiast publications. She enjoys drag racing, classic Fords, and vintage Lincolns. She currently races a 1965 Ford Mustang Fastback, and has a soft spot for 1960’s Lincolns. Currently, her collection includes: ’04 Cobra Convertible, ’65 Mustang Fastback, ’04 F350 6.0 diesel, ’96 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and a ’87 Jeep Wrangler. She provides insightful content as a freelance writer for Power Automedia.
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