The Indianapolis 500: A Century of Excitement

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Krause Publications, Nov 4, 2010 - Sports & Recreation - 256 pages
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The Greatest Spectacle in Racing Since the dawn of automotive racing, the world's best drivers have tested their skills, bravery and the limits of speed in the legendary Indianapolis 500. The winner claims the historic Borg-Warner Trophy, and racing immortality. Officially licensed in cooperation with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis 500: A Century of Excitement tells the compelling and entertaining story of the race that has become known as simply "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing." Overflowing with photographs hand-picked from the Speedway's mammoth photo archives, and filled with historic, behind-the-scene stories, you'll revel in the history that has shaped this amazing event.
 

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Contents

A Dream Come True
6
Memorial Day Memories
8
A Stroke of Genius
11
The Roaring 20s
29
Racing on a Shoestring
47
Surviving the War Years
71
Roadsters Reign Supreme
85
Engine What? Where?
105
The Wings the Thing
131
The Age of Refinement
155
The Changing of the Guard
185
The Roaring 2000s
205
Where Are They Now? The Fate of the Winning Cars
237
Bibliography
252
Index
253
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Ralph Kramer is the author of the critically acclaimed Indianapolis Motor Speedway: 100 Years of Racing. He grew up on a farm 50 miles from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and saw his first Indianapolis 500 race in 1950. Later, Kramer covered the race and the sideshow functions for The Indianapolis News for more than 10 years. As a public relations executive for General Motors, he negotiated Chevrolet's Indy 500 pace car presence and for years managed Chevy's public relations function at the track. After leaving GM, Kramer served as the director of the Speedway's Hall of Fame museum from 1995 to 1998. Kramer and his wife, Carol, live in Shelbyville, Indiana.

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