A fitting celebration of The Most Important Race in History, the “100th Anniversary Indy 500 Mile Race Celebration of Automobiles,” takes place May 14 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Over 250 contestants have been selected from a pool of applicants to display their autos at the track in competition for blue-ribbon awards. This impressive display will be a must-see event for the month of May, read more at IndianapolisMotorSpeedway.com and secure your tickets to the awards dinner that very same evening! Below, discover more about the 1925 Hispano Suiza H6b Laundolet.
The Hispano Suiza was built by former U.S. Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon, then one of the richest men in America, as a present to his daughter Ailsa. Used primarily on his estates in Pittsburgh, Pa., and Long Island, N.Y., the Hispano Suiza was driven to Sarasota, Fla., by a chauffeur upon Mellon’s retirement, where it was last driven in 1938 and left in a rented garage. It was later shoved out into an alley where it sat for years. It was discovered in 1970 and purchased in poor condition by Don Nichols of Lompoc, Calif., who started a frame up restoration in 2003. The Hispano Suiza will return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway where it defeated a Stutz Blackhawk Speedster in a famous 24-hour match race on April 30, 1928.