Posted on: March 14, 2011
Gasoline Alley Unplugged
By: Donald Davidson
Tony Hulman sits in the Marmon Wasp in 1956
Tagged as: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Marmon Wasp, Tony Hulman
There are 6 comments for this post.
THANK GOD TONY HULMAN SAVED THE SPEEDWAY!!!!! Just think what racing would have become without the 500 and all he did to restore our SHRINE?!!!! Thanks TONY…NEVER FORGOTTEN!!!! I cant imagine life without the SPEEDWAY! No one has ever equalled how you said those so famous words. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for my memories and all my friends from the Speedway. Thank you to Mari and her children for carrying on the legacy. I love the Speedway!
As much as I appreciate Tony for keeping the speedway alive, I have to give almost equal credit to Wilbur Shaw for tirelessly campaigning to save the track and hunting Tony up. As great and as humble a man that I hear Mr. Hulman was, he would probably agree that Wilbur was a much a savior of IMS as he was.
I also find it incredible that the Wasp has survived to today- I don’t think too many of the other winners from teens and ’20s are still around.
yeah it was wilbur who hunted him down and put the deal together.. U ever read “GENTLEMAN, OUR ENGINES” ?
Denise………I couldn’t agree more. I LOVE THE SPEEDWAY. I look forward to that ONE DAY EACH YEAR….. The 500 !!!!
Of course I don’t like NASCAR but I go to the race just so I can go to the track !!! Rick from Arizona where summer has arrived along with my 500 tickets in the mail today !!!
Atta boy Rick! Glad to know your wife didn’t hide the tickets. I always feel like everything leading up to the
race hapens in the Spring. Then as soon as Jim Nabors starts singing SUMMER arrives.
Dennis- yeh “Gentleman Start Your Engines” is one of my favorite all-time racing books. So sad to read the last page with Wilbur talking about how much he is enjoying his life at this point as Prez. of the speedway and having a family etc. and then just months later he was gone.
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