The 1975 GMC INDY 500 HAULER
In 1975, the GM Saginaw Steering Gear Division gave a promo truck to the winning team crew chief of the Indianapolis 500. Al Rosen, a promotor and fan of Indy was able to strike a deal with this winner and soon after took the truck home. In 1979 when Al passed, Terry Ion, a close friend of the family purchased the truck from Al’s estate and drove it daily for about 10 years before parking it in a field due to fuel issues. The truck sat in the black berry bushes for close to three decades before Mark Dickhaut, Al’s grandson, pulled the truck from its grave to save it from heading to the crusher for scraps. Mark's son, David, took possession of the truck with plans to fully restore but with other more pressing things going on the truck continued to sit and await it's fate. Finally in June of this year, Squarebody Syndicate acquired the truck and with our new partnership with Roadster shop we decided to bring this rare Indy promo truck back to life with a tribute truck.
Another ad, Showing one of the three known trucks in white with the red, white and blue strobe graphics. Of the 3 known trucks built for Indy in this color option, the Squarebody Syndicate owned truck is the only known survivor.
The first images of the strobe graphics kit for press release.
An Ad ran by GM announcing the giveaway of the truck.
Here is how the truck looked after Mark pulled it from the black berries. He was able to drive it home just by filling the tires and replacing the gas tank.
The truck was used to hold Purdue Universities famous “Big Bass Drum” during the parade lap of the 59th Indy 500.