The 100th anniversary of the first Indianapolis 500 event will kick off in style with a classic car show, scheduled for May 13th and 14th at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Featuring two divisions manufactured in the first 50 years of the Indy 500 (1911-1961), cars representing the 24 manufacturers that competed in the inaugural '500': Alco, Amplex, Apperson, Benz, Buick, Case, Cole, Cutting, Fiat, Inter-State, Jackson, Knox, Lozier, Marmon, McFarlan, Mercedes, Mercer, National, Pope-Hartford, Simplex, Stutz, Velie, and Westcott will be among approximately 250 on hand along with other classics. Each division will be broken down into 3 classifications, the Carl Fisher Era (1911-27), Eddie Rickenbacker Era (1928-45) and Early Tony Hulman Era (1946-61).
While on display and when being driven around the track, the cars will be judged with awards given out at an awards dinner at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum. Although events on May 13th are not open to the fans, those attending Opening Day on May 14th for the Indianapolis 500 can view the cars as part of their gate admission.
Potential contestants can apply online at IndianapolisMotorSpeedway.com or by mail.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for classic car owners and enthusiasts. But the 100th Anniversary Indy 500 Celebration of Automobiles is much more than just a car show. It will be a memorable tribute to the greatest race in the world and a fitting start to a month of festivities surrounding ‘The Most Important Race in History.’" - IMS Corp. President and CEO, Jeff Belskus
(Photo courtesy: Ron McQueeney IMS)