The mirage that was CV Enterprises … You Name It

Posted: March 4, 2018 in Uncategorized

Racing fans got their first real look at Chris Vallo of Highland, Indiana’s CV Enterprises during this episode of Car & Track films as it provided highlights of the 1971 NASCAR Grand National Motor State 400 at Michigan International Speedway. The film is hosted by Bud Lindemann.

It was here that Vallo first took the risk of speaking publicly about his interest in sponsoring a Nichels Engineering Pontiac in NASCAR.  To our knowledge, this is the only film footage of Chris Vallo that exists …

Sadly, Nichels Engineering would never be paid for their efforts and a few months later would begin dragging Vallo through what would become a multi-year journey through the Indiana courts.

The next major racing venture Vallo would attempt, would be convincing Dan Gurney that CV Enterprises would sponsor an the All-American Racers “Eagle” in the 1972 Indianapolis 500.

It’s true that the “Mystery Eagle” did run in that Indy 500, but no proof exists that Vallo’s $100,000 check to Gurney ever successfully cleared the bank.

When all the court trials were complete, Chris Vallo headed off to prison never to be heard from again.


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