Posted on: October 14, 2010
Gasoline Alley Unplugged, IMS History, Indy 500
By: Donald Davidson
The Infield 1947
Infield Fans in 1947
Tagged as: 1947, cars, Centennial Era, crowd, fans, history, IMS, Indianapolis 500, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indy 500, Indy500, Infield Fans
There are 7 comments for this post.
I am not sure, but I think the picture is of the south short chute. I see the sign that says South Turn Parking, and the straight section seems to be a little short for the back straight. If you look in the line of trees behind the outside wall, it looks like you can barely make out the old covered stands on the south chute. I just can’t remember if they had put up grandstands in turn two by 1947.
Yes Carey, I think you’ve got it right! Note the High Tension Power Line Tower; just on the horizon at the photo’s left edge. I believe those are east of the golf course and west of the RR tracks. Trees did once line the drive way into the old farm house, which was along the little creek just off of 16th Street. I wish I could see the wooden roof of Stand D… I’m gonna have to take this pic to my virtual darkroom. Shadows also look about right for race time in the South Chute!
Donald-Just love stuff from the 40s and 50s. Those trees are tremendous too. Nice piece
Donald, great picture and great comments….Keep them coming, please. bg
very interesting, I’ve looked again at the aerial shot of `36 and it does seem like the line of trees here ends right before turn 2 like it does in the `36 shot. At first I thought it was the backstrech. It seems like the sign there says “south turn” and seems like it might be pointing to an entrance. What is the building there at the left?
If you go to the Flickr site and look at the largest resolution, you can just make out the roof of the D grandstands.
Great picture. Definitely the South Short Chute infield for all the reasons above. Yes, that is the new Stand G in the distance in Turn 2. It was completed for the 1946 Race and is still there today. It looks large back then, but it is rather dwarfed today by the adjacent South and Southeast Vistas. Also note the old corrugated steel concession stands (standard white with green trim); a few actually survived well into the 1970s.
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