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Old 01-07-2011, 06:20 PM
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The car was the Vega and the cars were hung or mounted to the inside of the side walls shipping them vertically. I remember the battery having repositioned filler caps and I believe there were other modifications. I worked for Nelson Chevrolet in Seattle then and Chevrolet was very proud of their ingenuity. The name of the loading method escapes me now. Maybe someone else can name it.
You got it.

Vert-A-Pac was what it was called. The cars were hung nose-down from the walls of special rail cars. This system allowed them to increase the number of vehicles in each rail car from 18 to 30. The vert-a-pac rail cars required that the cars be able to be driven on and driven off with no mechanical work needed. This drive-on/drive-off requirement was difficult to meet because all liquids had to be aboard, so the VK5 RPO was created. Modifications included:

- a baffle in the oil pan to prevent flooding the forward cylinders with oil.
- off-center filler caps on the battery.
- a plug in the fuel-tank vent line.
- an overflow hose from the float bowl to the charcoal canister.
- tilting the windshield-washer bottle 45 degrees.
- plastic spacers between the splash pans and the engine to reinforce the motor mounts.





Nice job, Blue54, the next question is yours.....

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Old 01-07-2011, 06:48 PM
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That is wild. I was in and around new car sales of that very car back then and don't ever remember seeing that. Damn stupid if you ask me.

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Great pictures Joe. I was part of new car receiving in 1971-1972. We only saw a few of the rail cars like that. The rest came on normal 3 deck rail cars.

Now for the question.
When & where was the last United States Grand Prix held on a road course made up of public streets?
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Don't know but I went to one in San Jose Ca in Jul 28 2007.

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Don't know but I went to one in San Jose Ca in Jul 28 2007.

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The 2007 United States Grand Prix was held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and was the last one held to this point.
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The Indianapolis race was a month before my San Jose race and it wasn't on the city streets but at the Indianapolis motor speedway.

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Sorry Brian, but there was only one US Grand Prix in 2007. It was at the Brickyard, and was won by Lewis Hamilton in a McLaren-Mercedes, and it was the last USGP held. Formula 1 has not been back on US soil since.
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When & where was the last United States Grand Prix held on a road course made up of public streets?
1991 Lake Afton, Kansas
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Sorry Brian, but there was only one US Grand Prix in 2007. It was at the Brickyard, and was won by Lewis Hamilton in a McLaren-Mercedes, and it was the last USGP held. Formula 1 has not been back on US soil since.
He specifically said it was raced "on a road course made up of public streets".

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When & where was the last United States Grand Prix held on a road course made up of public streets?
1988 Detroit, MI ??
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He also said it was the US Grand Prix - that is a Formula One race, put on in selected venues throughout the world - usually only ONE race per country per year. Countries selected to participate in the season include Australia Bahrain, Malaysia, Abu Dhabi, Japan, Germany, France, Spain, Monaco, Italy, Canada, Britain, Turkey, Brazil, Belgium, China, India, Korea, and Singapore. To be added (potentially) in the next couple of years: Russia. The last United States Grand Prix was in 2007 at the Brickyard and it seems to have ended in an epic battle between Bernie Ecclestone, head honcho of the F1CA (Formula One Constructors Assoc) and Tony George of Indy, reportedly agreeing to never speak to each other again. Bernie KNOWS for a fact that God sits to Bernie's right, while Mr George, well... (Often makes Bernie appear modest and unassuming by comparison).

For a country to be hosting a race is always a mark of prestige as each one is a world spectacle, with the host city garnering many many millions in tourist $$$ and an incredible amount of international exposure.

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He specifically said it was raced "on a road course made up of public streets".

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He also said it was the US Grand Prix - that is a Formula One race, put on in selected venues throughout the world - usually only ONE race per country per year. Countries selected to participate in the season include Australia Bahrain, Malaysia, Abu Dhabi, Japan, Germany, France, Spain, Monaco, Italy, Canada, Britain, Turkey, Brazil, Belgium, China, India, Korea, and Singapore. To be added (potentially) in the next couple of years: Russia. The last United States Grand Prix was in 2007 at the Brickyard and it seems to have ended in an epic battle between Bernie Ecclestone, head honcho of the F1CA (Formula One Constructors Assoc) and Tony George of Indy, reportedly agreeing to never speak to each other again. Bernie KNOWS for a fact that God sits to Bernie's right, while Mr George, well... (Often makes Bernie appear modest and unassuming by comparison).

For a country to be hosting a race is always a mark of prestige as each one is a world spectacle, with the host city garnering many many millions in tourist $$$ and an incredible amount of international exposure.
I don't know much about these races but yeah this one I went to certainly wasn't the "US" Grand Prix. But I think he IS after the one raced on the street. So it is before that one in 2007 on the Brickyard.

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