Posted on: October 22, 2010
Gasoline Alley Unplugged, IMS History, Indy 500
By: Donald Davidson
1922 Indianapolis 500
Donald Davidson discusses the 1922 line-up
Tagged as: Arthur Newby, bomb, Bricks, Centennial Era, crowd, Donald Davidson, grandstand, grandstand C, Harlan Fengler, Harry Hartz, IMS, Indianapolis 500, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indy 500, Indy500, Jimmy Murphy, lineup, National Pace Car, Ralph DePalma, riding mechanic, Track
There are 8 comments for this post.
Whoever is doing your tags needs to talk to Donald about spelling. It’s Arthur NEWBY and Harry HARTZ.
This is the second correction I’ve sent on these tags. Please get someone that knows something about racing to tag these.
What?! No mention of the precarious catwalk that goes across the track? Look at the one guy to the inside and the others on the roof.
Easter, Thanks for your help. We are whipping the intern as I type. Please know these are not Mr. Davidson’s errors. Appreciate your concern.
I didn’t know until today that the grandstands were given their letter designation based on the order in which they were built. Maybe some traditionalist will object, but I wish the stands were named for the famous men who’ve won the 500. Start with the multiple winners from long ago like Tommy Milton, Lou Meyer, Mauri Rose, and Bill Vukovich.
Thanks. This does clear up the grandstand issue. While it can be confusing for newcommers I find that the yellow shirts do a great job of directing folks.
Very true about the lettering of the stands on the outside of the track; the inside stands have never been lettered. The Paddock is the other stand in this picture (built first and has been replaced twice); Stand A went in at the same time, as did Stand B at the entrance to Turn 1. Stand C is farther north now since the current Paddock was replaced the second time and extended farther north in 1961 and 1963. Stand D was on the outside of the South Short Chute; its last year was 1972 (and was the last of the original wooden stands; its roof had been removed for its last few years). Stand E is on the outside of Turn 1. Stand F was north of Stand C and was removed when Stand C was replaced and shifted farther north in the early 60s. Stand H was the last of the old wooden stands and has been replaced in the same spot. There never has been a Stand I since the Speedway wisely does nothing (stands and rows) with I and O since they can be confused with 1 and 0. Stand J is still there at the exit of Turn 4. Stand K was on the outside of the North Short Chute and was replaced by the North Vista; Stand L was on the outside of Turn 3 and was replaced by the Northeast Vista, as was Stand M and Stand M South. The first Vista was the Southwest Vista in 1966. Without a doubt, The Greatest Race Course in the World!
Whoops, forgot about Stand G on the outside of Turn 2. The old wooden stand was replaced for the 1946 Race and is still standing today…the oldest grandstand at IMS.
Incredible points. Solid arguments. Keep up the amazing work.
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