Posted on: February 28, 2011
Gasoline Alley Unplugged
By: Donald Davidson
The Marmon Wasp at the Greatest 33 Photo Shoot
Tagged as: Indianapolis 500, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indy 500 Winners, Marmon Wasp, race blogs, race cars
There are 6 comments for this post.
The rearview mirror is shaped so as to be aerodynamic..lol In 1961 the Marmon Wasp was in front of the Firestone garage and Ray Harouun was being interviewed sitting in it. After the interview I asked Ray several questions and he had me set in the car to have a picture taken with him. I treasured that picture and wish I knew what happened to it. Jack Thorton from the IMS photo shop took the pic.
If no one else steps forward to drive the Wasp on Raceday, I’ll do it. Yes, I can drive stick.
How much would you pay to have the chance to run a dozen laps at Indy, with it? With no one else on the track, of course.
Sorry…They have already asked me to do it.
I thought 225 thousand dollars was alittle much to drive the pace car on the parade lap. I hpoe Bill Vukovich II is asked to drive his dad’s car. Maybe Foyt can still fit into one of his older winning cars. Something Donald said has me thinking the museum could be empty on Raceday. Plenty of former drivers will be on. Hand to drive the cars.
Bill Jr will never be allowed to drive the #14 Fuel Injection Special. Nor will anyone else. When Howard Keck gave the car to the IMS museum it was with the stipulation that NO ONE…absolutely NO ONE will ever be allowed to drive the car antime, anyplace and the car was to remain physically, at the IMS. IF.. the Speedway asks the the Keck family id Bill jr. could drive the car…maybe. The last request to take the car to a “Tribute to the 500″ display was met with a one word responce, “NO”". (or so I was informed). I do know the “no one drives the car” is a fact. Bill jr asked Charlie Thompson some time back, if he could drive the car when no one was around. The answer was the lettter. NO! Afew years back Bill and I were in the museum looking at hos dads #14 and they allowed us to go behind the ropes. Photographers gathered to take pictures and asked Bill to sit in the car for a photo. He lookedat me and said, “DK, I cant sit in it, you sit in it for a picture.” I replied,”I cant sit in that car. A giant was the only person to do that.” I actually did sit in the car when it first came to the Speedway and had to be fixed as it fell off the trailer in AZ on its way “Back Home in Again in Indiana” in 1961. Truly, a giant once sat in that car.
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