#TBT: Fans’ favorite ‘500’ relics

Published On January 8, 2015 » 2747 Views» By John Schwarb » #TBT, Blogs, Fan Memories, Fans of IMS, IMS, IMS History, Indy 500

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Turning the calendar to 2015 means being one more year removed from Indianapolis 500 relics. For example, now we can say it has been 78 years since the last time riding mechanics were mandatory, in 1937.

Once riding mechanics were no longer mandatory after 1937, they were gone from the "500."

Once riding mechanics were no longer mandatory after 1937, they were gone from the “500.”

We asked fans on Facebook for their favorite “500” relics and got plenty of good answers.

Tom Carnegie saying “Mario is slowing down …” – Kevin Self

“Aaaaaannnndddd it’s a neeeeewwww traaaaaaack recorrrrrrd.” — Robert Zagorac

Hurtubise and the roadster. – Chris Oglesby

It's been 47 years since Jim Hurtubise put the last front-engine entry into the race. Though he tried a few more times, as late as 1981.

It’s been 47 years since Jim Hurtubise put the last front-engine entry into the race. Though he tried a few more times, as late as 1981.

The regular Joe entering a one-of-a-kind homemade speedster. – Andrew Mitchel

Harry Miller’s intercooled eight, laydown Offys and Indy Fords. – Tom Jones

The guy in the van who for many years was “First In Line” out on 16th Street back when everyone lined up there waiting for the gates to open race day. — Jon Mickley

Pat Vidan and Bill Vanderwater flagging from trackside. – Craig Miller Sr.

The flagstand in 1961? A platform next to the inside wall.

The flagstand in 1961? A platform next to the inside wall.

The history of the Novi – Joseph Hall

Turbine power! – John Schnable

The trees in Turn 1 that were home to owls. – Robert Kern

The cars were called Specials (The Bowes Seal Fast Special) – Lee Robison
(Note: IMS Historian Donald Davidson discussed the history of “Specials” here.)

A total of 36 Bowes Seal Fast Special cars raced at Indianapolis, including 1935.

A total of 36 Bowes Seal Fast Special cars raced at Indianapolis, including 1935.

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I joined the Indianapolis Motor Speedway communications team in July 2014 and love sharing stories from the World Capital of Racing, particularly its rich history. Most of my professional career has been in racing or golf, so if I'm not in the IMS media center, the office at 16th and Georgetown or milling around Gasoline Alley, maybe I'll be standing over a birdie putt at Brickyard Crossing. Follow us at @IMS or drop me a line at @JohnSchwarb and come back to the blog often for more stories.
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ChrisBlackwell
ChrisBlackwell

The tree next to the inside wall coming out of Turn 4.


The pedestrian bridges crossing over the track.


"30 Days of May".


I could go on and on...