Vintage Race Cars

by Camellia Staab June. 27, 2019 562 views

One of my husband's favorite sport activities to watch is car races. He has been to Indy 500 almost as many years as we have been married; we’ve been married for 39 years. On top of that he has also attended several Brickyard 400 races. Me, on the other hand am not a big fan of car races but I do like the look of old cars. To me they have character, something I don’t find in many of the newer cars. So when we decided to go to Indianapolis for a quick getaway, we chose the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum as one of the places to re/ visit. The museum is within the famed 2.5-mile speedway.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway was constructed in 1909 and has a permanent seating capacity of 257,325. It is the highest-capacity sports venue in the world. The track is a 2.5-mile-long (4.0 km) rectangular oval with dimensions that have remained essentially unchanged since its construction. It has two 5⁄8-mile-long (1,000 m) straightaways, four geometrically identical 1⁄4-mile (400 m) turns, connected by two 1⁄8-mile (200 m) short straightaways, termed "short chutes", between turns 1 and 2, and between turns 3 and 4. In the years 2000, 2008 and the again in 2014, the course layout has been modified and modernized. These modifications now accommodate motorcycle racing. Altogether, the current grounds have expanded from an original 320 acres (1.3 km2) on which the speedway was first built to cover an area of over 559 acres (2.3 km2). In 1975 it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1987, it is the only such site to be affiliated with automotive racing history.

In addition to the Indianapolis 500, the speedway also hosts NASCAR's Brickyard 400 and Lilly Diabetes 250. From 2000 to 2007, the speedway hosted the Formula One United States Grand Prix, and from 2008 to 2015 the Moto GP. But the Indy 500 or Indianapolis 500 is what has brought fame to this speedway.

The event, billed as The Greatest Spectacle in Racing, is considered part of the Triple Crown of Motorsport, which comprises three of the most prestigious motorsports events in the world, also including the Monaco Grand Prix and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The inaugural race was held in 1911 and was won by Ray Harroun.

In 1956, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum was opened and houses the Hall of Fame. It is intrinsically linked to the Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400, but it also includes exhibits reflecting other forms of motorsports, passenger cars, and general automotive history. On display in the museum are about 75 cars at any given time. With floor space totaling 37,500 square feet, only a small portion of the total collection can be displayed. Frequently, cars are sent on loan for display at other museums, historical car shows, parades, and other activities. (source & source)

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Detlef Schneider 1 year ago

awesome..........vintage race cars . . . love it+1

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Camellia Staab Replied to Detlef Schneider 1 year ago

Glad you enjoyed. I truly believe they are beautiful with lots of character.

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Lee Santiva 1 year ago

Great captures and interesting story. 
Was there any racing going on while you were there? 

My husband who also loves racing cars will most likely love your blog too when I show it to him.

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Camellia Staab Replied to Lee Santiva 1 year ago

No races that day but they did have some sort of a car show which we opted out. The next main race is the Brickyard Vintage racing in August, followed by the Brickyard 400 in September. Maybe you need to talk your husband into going to Indianapolis for the race smile

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Antonio Gil 1 year ago

Love old classic cars. And I love this post

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Camellia Staab Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year ago

Thank you. It was a fun place to visit.

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Pete 1 year ago

some real beauties

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Camellia Staab Replied to Pete 1 year ago

Yes they are smile

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Piotr Matura 1 year ago

Wonderful captures and piece of information, I enjoyed it a lot smile  
These old cars really do have character and certain beauty to them. Your "portraits" of them definitely help to appreciate that. Thank you for sharing, Camelliasmile

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Camellia Staab Replied to Piotr Matura 1 year ago

Thank you Piotr and I glad you enjoyed this post smile

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Russell Smith 1 year ago

I love this series quite well shot. Quite a bit of history and a beauty that does not exist today in those halls.

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Camellia Staab Replied to Russell Smith 1 year ago

Thank you Russ. They are a beauty and an amazement as to how those drivers survived the races, considering the lack of safety and speed in those cars.

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Buster Bruce 1 year ago

Camellia- these are such great images! I have never been to the Indy 500 race; i have only driven by the track. Nor have I been into the museum. So your photos are such a novel treat. Coupling your photos with "Helen" who has been photographing the Le Mans in France its been a real joy. Thanks so much.

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Camellia Staab Replied to Buster Bruce 1 year ago

Buster my pleasure, so glad you enjoyed them smile

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Jay Boggess 1 year ago

WoW! 
Great shots, all! 
Love these!!!
Great subjects, compositions, colors, details & clarity!

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Camellia Staab Replied to Jay Boggess 1 year ago

Thank you Sire smile

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