A couple of weeks ago I talked about the Ultimate Winning Car exhibit at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum, which is one of the Centennial Events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This week I would like to share information on some other events of interest to auto enthusiasts.
The premier event for collectible car lovers is the 100th Anniversary Indy 500 Celebration of Automobiles on Saturday, May 14th. Race fans can view all of the cars on display as part of their gate admission.
Approximately 250 participants have been invited to display their vehicles in two divisions of automobiles manufactured between 1911-1961, the first 50 years of the Indianapolis 500. A good representation of automobiles representing the manufacturers that competed in the race during that time span is expected. This should be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see many unique cars such as the Mormon Meteor Duesenberg. Of course, I’ll be there documenting Indiana-built autos.
Saturday, May 28th, at the Speedway is chock-full of activities for the Indy 500 aficionados. The “World’s Largest Autograph Session” is comprised of two groups. The first is from 9-10 a.m. for all 33 drivers in the starting field of the Indianapolis 500 plus most of the 27 living winners of the “500”, and the other group from noon-4 p.m. for veteran drivers of the race. If the lines at the autograph session on March 20th are any indication, it is advisable to get in line early for your favorite driver’s autograph.
My friend Charles Leerhsen will be signing his latest book: Blood and Smoke: A True Tale of Mystery, Mayhem and the Birth of the Indy 500 (http://www.charlesleerhsen.com/index.htm) along with other authors of new books about the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and its history. Other events include a racing memorabilia show, a display of vintage sprint and midget race cars. Plus, the Ultimate Winning Car exhibit continues at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum.
So, If you are obsessed with the Indy 500, I invite you to join me at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Centennial Events on May 14th and 28th. These activities should provide memories for a lifetime. Tell us your experiences.