Posted on: September 14, 2010
Gasoline Alley Unplugged, IMS History, Indy 500
By: Donald Davidson
1956 Pre-Race Scene
Tagged as: 1956, balloons, Brickyard, crowd, fans, Grandstands, IMS, Indianapolis 500, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indy 500, Indy500, pre-race, race day, Yard of Bricks
There are 5 comments for this post.
Donald, as much as I’ve greatly admired and respected your abilities through the years, I’m afraid I have to contradict you a little bit here. This picture is not 1956. I know this because of the strip of concrete pavement next to the wall in the turn. When most of the track was repaved between the 1955-56 races, that concrete was covered up by asphalt. You mentioned the wind carrying the balloons, so this could actually be 1955, which was a very windy race day. The banners hanging from the grandstand roof would seem to bear that out as well.
Be it 1955, or 1956..I am just in awe, remembering the energy of the crowds back then! Back when the goal was build a car that could go faster than anyone else, and last the duration!
This was my dad’s first year at Indy. he had just graduated high school. Ibelieve he said that he sat outside, off of turn four. This year we celebrated his 54th anniversary and my 36th year of races at the Brickyard. Love the place!
I never like to contradict our good friend Donald, but this picture is either 1952 or 1953. The new Stand A was in place for the 1951 Race, and the new Stand B (just to the south, closer to Turn One) was in place for the 1954 Race; this picture has the old Stand B. It looks very hot, which leads me to think this is 1953.
Also, fans can still cross the track on Race Day morning at the entrance to Turn One, from 6AM when the gates open until the the bands start coming by. It is an awesome scene from the track .
Donald, keep these nuggets coming; they are great!!!
Steve Wuertz is correct. The grandstands dictate that it is either 1952 or 1953, and judging from the weather, I’ll go along with 1953.
Let me know what you think?
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