Corvette Racing History
By David Palmeter
The Purple People Eater Corvette Story
From: Lionel Lindheimer
Sent: Monday, July 07, 2008 2:08 PM
Subject: Purple People Eater
I’m “Lindy” Lindheimer and I started the Nickey Chevrolet Racing Team in 1958. In the first year we won 28 out of 31 races ..the other 2 were DNF’s . We built 2 cars and won the 58 National Championship. Dr. “Dick” Thompson never drove the Purple People Eater nor did he ever drive for “Nickey”. In 59 we did a repeat with 30 out of 31 wins. The 59 is completely restored and belongs to The “Chip” Miller family. Hope this helps update your web page.
L. “Lindy” Lindheimer
Thanks, Lindy. I didn’t think I had ever heard of any connection between Thompson and the Purple People Eater but I also thought Noland Adams was an authority of some consequence. Guess he got this one very wrong. Thanks again, David
The First Purple People Eater
Above and Below – The first Purple People Eater (above) was based on the modified Corvette called the SR-2 (Second Generation “Sebring Racer” below)
The Second Purple People Eater
Above – The second Purple People Eater was based on production 1958 Corvette.
The Third Purple People Eater
Below – The Third Purple People Eater was based on production 1959 Corvette.
Above – Early 1959 race with cut down stock windshield
Above 5 Photos – August 14, 2002 – 1959 Nickey Corvette at the Salinas, California Single Axle Corvette Club meet
Above – 1959 Nickey Corvette at Monterey Historic Races August 17, 2002