Johnnie Parsons’ 1950 Winning Car

Published On February 4, 2011 » 1598 Views» By Donald Davidson » Blogs, Gasoline Alley Unplugged
Johnny Parsons 1950

Johnnie Parsons’ 1950 Winning Car

Johnnie Parsons’ 1950 Winning Car

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Donald Davidson

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Historian Donald Davidson, based at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, developed a passionate interest in the Indianapolis 500 as a teenager in England. Arriving at IMS in 1964, he delighted the racing community with his ability to recite year-by-year accounts of participants’ careers. Returning permanently in 1965, he was invited by Sid Collins to join the worldwide IMS Radio Network and was hired by Henry Banks as USAC statistician, remaining at USAC for almost 32 years. He was named Indianapolis Motor Speedway historian in 1998. Along with numerous television and radio assignments, raconteur Davidson has played host to the popular call-in radio show “The Talk of Gasoline Alley” on 1070 AM in Indianapolis during the month of May continuously since 1971. His writing credits include countless historical articles and columns, a pair of “500” annuals in 1974 and ‘75 and co-authorship with Rick Shaffer of the acclaimed “Autocourse Official History of the Indianapolis 500,” published in 2006.
7 comments
dennis johansen
dennis johansen

just whatever you can get for them.Some one will pay $2 and another might pay $50. Depends on who sees you have it for sale. Try e bay. I have approx 85 signed pictures of Indianaplois 500 winners. What others do you have?

mandy white
mandy white

I have an autographed photo of Johnnie Paesons in this car in 1950. I want to know what the value is? Does any one know who I could contact? I also have seven others of other racers from the 50's

Dennis Johansen
Dennis Johansen

Do any of you realize this was the first car to run at the Speedway that had INDEPENDANT suspension on it????? next time u see it or if u ever do see it check out the front suspension!!!

Rick Wampler
Rick Wampler

My birth year as well. A beautiful car and a great story. 4 months till INDY !!! Can't wait to see what the Centenial Ticket is going to look like !!! Rick

Steve
Steve

wow, never realized that car finished 2-1-2 in 3 years- looks awesome in this photo

james t suel
james t suel

Great story on this car.glad to here the real story about the cracked block .1950 the year i was born!

IndyPacer
IndyPacer

Quite a story for this car! Thanks, Donald. If I lived in Indy I would take your colage course on the history of Indy!