As an avid LEGO fan, I could barely believe my eyes when I opened an e-mail one day making the rounds at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Someone had stumbled across Dr. Brian Darrow’s Flickr page and his most bodacious creation, and decided to share it with some colleagues. I opened the e-mail and discovered his LEGO replica of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. I was mesmerized and hooked instantly. This would be perfect content for our website.
I contacted Brian as both a fan and staff member of IMS – this creation had to be shared with our online community. And as a race and LEGO enthusiast, I wanted closer access to this massive, incredible action. Brian and I exchanged e-mails and phone calls. He offered to set it up for us. Today I met him at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum.
Brian arrived with 18 custom made boxes, all incredibly organized and labeled. It took him just over two hours to assemble and arrange over 125,000 LEGO pieces, all building up to what would become a 7′ x 10′ recreation of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. You’ll notice in the images, that his version of the Indy 500 is sold out. There are over 3,000 LEGO figures at his track. It’s been an evolving project for him since 2004. Talk about a labor of love.
We took lots of photographs, but in all honesty, they don’t do Brian’s creation justice. This is the type of experience that requires time to process, to absorb. I spent 15 minutes simply scanning. I did laps of his track and each time I noticed some new, clever detail.
You can also spend 15 minutes enjoying Brian’s work. In fact, you can spend all day looking at turns 1, 2, 3, and 4. You can view the Pagoda. Yard of Bricks. Cars on track. A spin in turn 2. There’s even a version of the Snake Pit. You’ll be mesmerized also.
I’m still smiling from meeting Brian and experiencing the finished LEGO creation. You’ll smile too. There are enough details in the model to keep you engaged, talking, pointing and snapping away with your cell phone.
From now until mid-January, you can come see this for yourself at the Hall of Fame Museum.
It’s worth it, I promise.
More images, below.