Posted on: October 18, 2010
Gasoline Alley Unplugged, IMS History, Indy 500
By: Donald Davidson
Wilbur Shaw 1934
Wilbur Shaw: Driver to Executive
Tagged as: 1934, A.J. Foyt, Al Unser, bar stools, diner, Halloween, IMS, Indianapolis 500, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indy 500, Indy500, plane crash, saved, Speedway, Tony Hulman, Track, Wilbur Shaw, World War
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Thanks for the great recap. I often feel that without shaw we would have no speedway today. Thanks also for clarifying his height. I’ve had several debates with friends over this.
Donald–Great story and important. Always something dahsing about Shaw, kind of like Clark Gable, and drove that beautiful Maserati…very cool
In the ranking of the most important people of IMS and the Indy 500, Wilbur Shaw and Tony Hulman are 2A and 2B for it wasnt for Wilbur Shaw finding Tony Hulman, IMS would have been a housing project. thanks Wilbur for getting Tony hooked up!
[...] with Donald’s wisdom and charm. All of the pictures and audio are superb, but I think the Oct. 18 piece on three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Wilbur Shaw is the best so far. As Donald eloquently stated, without Wilbur Shaw, there would be no [...]
bar stools that are made from stainless steel are the best because they don’t tarnish often ~;;
Could I be related to Wilbur Shaw Since I am in a Shaw family?
Could I be related to Wilbur Shaw?
My great grandfather lived in Terre Haute and had three sons, my grandfather, Charles, and two other boys, one of whom was named Wilbur. I don’t know if this Wilbur was the father of Wilbur, the race car driver, or not, but I don’t think Wilbur was such a common name. My father, Frederick Shaw was said by my family to be related and a spitting image of Wilbur, and after looking at this photo, I agree.
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