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 EaterHi David, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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