Dec 03 2010

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

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has announced a special car show to celebrate the centennial of the first Indy 500 Race in May 2011. Some highlights:

A rich century of automotive heritage will be honored Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14, 2011 during the 100th Anniversary Indy 500 Celebration of Automobiles at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The 100th Anniversary Indy 500 Celebration of Automobiles will be a competition between automobile owners to be judged on the appearance of their cars. The event will celebrate the significance of vehicular transportation and competition to Indianapolis and be a centerpiece of the numerous festivities planned to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on Sunday, May 29.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for classic car owners and enthusiasts,” said Jeff Belskus, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation president and chief executive officer. “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.’”

The 100th Anniversary Indy 500 Celebration of Automobiles will feature two divisions of automobiles manufactured between 1911-61, the first 50 years of the Indianapolis 500:

•Cars representing the 24 manufacturers that competed in the first Indianapolis 500 in 1911: Alco, Amplex, Apperson, Benz, Buick, Case, Cole, Cutting, Fiat, Inter-State, Jackson, Knox, Lozier, Marmon, McFarlan, Mercedes, Mercer, National, Pope-Hartford, Simplex, Stutz, Velie, Westcott.

•Other great classic cars produced between 1911-61.

Approximately 250 contestants will be invited from a pool of applicants to participate in the show. Participating cars will be on display at IMS and be driven around the famed 2.5-mile IMS oval during the show before being judged. Potential contestants can apply online at or by mail.

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

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

Film "I've Got A Secret: A.J. Foyt & Ray Harroun-1961"

Film: The First Indy 500 Race

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Archives: Alco-6 Black Beast Racer

Archives: Alco-6 Black Beast Racing History

Archives: Indy 500 Races


Dec 05 2010 Mark Dill 10:08 AM

Excellent promotion of what promises to be a great event, Howard. Great background material as well! Thanks!

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