The 2011 Indy 500 Parade Lap was led by the historic 1911 Marmon Wasp, winner of the first Indy 500. Although successful in completing two parade laps, the Marmon had difficulties starting and running. The cause of the Wasp's problems was recently discussed on the Yahoo Racing History Board, along with a request for assistance.
The 1911 Indy winner Marmon Wasp and the Alco Black Beast on the track before the Parade Lap
The Black Beast approaches the Marmon Wasp.
When the Marmon had trouble running, the "Black Beast" was asked to take the lead.
What happened to the Marmon during the Parade Lap? Tom Williams of Temperance, Michigan reported on the Yahoo Racing History Board: "The Marmon Wasp,Ray Harroun's 1911 Indianpolis 500 winning car, threw a rod as Parnelli Jones drove it on the 100th Anniversary 500 parade lap. Anyone know of a spare Marmon engine/block. The Speedway could use one."
Steve Hammatt President, Skagit/Snohomish Reg Group HCCA responded with a suggestion: "According to the last published HCCA Roster, there are 17 Marmons listed; 5 ea 1910, 5 ea 1911, 4 ea 1912, 1 ea for 1914, 1915 and 1916. I recognize a few of the owners that very well may have additional parts for their vehicles.
If anyone knows where Marmon engine parts can be found, please send an email to me at Howard@Kroplick.com .
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The Marmon Wasp can be seen at the 1:03, 2:25 and 4:22 marks of this video of the 2011 Indy 500 Parade Lap: