May 12 2011

100th Anniversary Indy 500 Article “Homecoming: The Marques of 1911”

A rich century of automotive heritage will be honored this Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14, 2011 at the 100th Anniversary Indy 500 Celebration of Automobiles at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The official program for the event has been published including an article "Homecoming: The Marques of 1911" written by Indy historian Donald Davidson.


With the 100th Anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 fast approaching, it seemed only fitting to "call home" the 24 manufacturers that participated in the inaugural "500" in 1911...Of the 24 automobile manufacturers that were represented by the 40 cars competing in the inaugural Indianapolis 500 on May 30, 1911, only three companies were not American. Each owned by wealthy American sportsmen, there were a total of six cars from overseas, an ex-Grand Prix Mercedes being joined by a trio of Fiats and a pair of Benzes.

Click here for the entire article.


A total of 250 automobiles have been selected to participate in this unique car show. Here is a pdf of the entrants sorted alphabetically by their owner's names.


American Locomotive Company will be represented by Manny Souza's 1908 7-passenger touring car.

Links to related posts on and the 1911 Indy 500 Race:

2011 Celebration of Automobiles Program pdf

Centennial Indy 500 Celebration:Great Classic Cars To Be Featured At 2011 Show

Archives: Indy 500 Races

Results of the 1911 Indy 500 Race

Early Indianapolis Motor Speedway-Archives from

Images from the 1911 Indy 500 Race

Film:The 1911, 1912 and 1913 Indy 500s including an interview with Ray Harroun

Archives: 2011 Indy 500 Centennial Celebration

Archives: Indy 500 Races


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