Great news! The Indianapolis Motor Speedway recently announced that the Celebration of Automobiles is expanding for 2012. Everyone I know thoroughly enjoyed the celebration last year. This year’s event will feature three events in one track wide celebration. The celebration scheduled for Saturday, May 12, expands on the original mission of the Speedway to be a showplace for the American automobile.
The Vintage and Historic Car Show, last year’s inaugural event featuring cars from 1920-1970, continues as the keystone Celebration of Automobiles event. Another existing May event, the Emerging Tech Showcase, is integrated into the celebration. The new event is the Automobile Festival, featuring current and late model vehicles, plus automotive performance and accessory companies.
The Vintage and Historic Car Show will gather 200 automobiles produced by manufacturers participating in the Indianapolis 500 during the 1920-1970 era and other significant manufacturers around the Pagoda Plaza area. The cars around the plaza should be some of the best from the collectible car universe. If it’s anything like last year’s event, this will be the chance of a lifetime to see many of these autos.
|A Jackson Touring Car and a Stutz Bearcat on view
at the Celebration of Automobiles
Copyright © 2011 Dennis E. Horvath
The Emerging Tech Showcase features activities showing the future of automotive sustainability. Events inside the showcase are the Purdue Collegiate evGrand Prix, which students form colleges and universities race their electric-powered karts on a course near the IMS Hall of Fame Museum; the EV Rally, which allows owners of electric cars to participate and drive a lap around the track; and the Electric-Powered Manufacturer Ride and Drive, where interested customers can take these cars on a lap around the Speedway.
The new Automobile Festival features hundreds of current and late model vehicles displayed inside of Turn 4. Domestic and import sports, muscle, and pony cars are scheduled for display. Automotive aftermarket and accessory companies will display high performance autos in the car corral.
This year’s Celebration of Automobiles promises to be an event for all to remember. The event takes place from 9 am to 6 pm, on May 12, Opening Day for the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500. I know that with all of the great cars around the plaza, it will take some planning to experience the other events around the speedway. So, start planning your experience now. Who knows? Maybe I’ll see you there.