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This week marks the 70-year anniversary of a momentous day in Indianapolis Motor Speedway history – arguably the most important since the famed 2.5-mile oval first took shape.
On Nov. 14, 1945, businessman Tony Hulman of Terre Haute, Indiana, purchased IMS from Eddie Rickenbacker for $750,000 (about $9.7 million today) and began rehabilitating the facility from its years of disrepair during World War II. (Read IMS historian Donald Davidson’s account of the transaction here.)
Hulman appointed three-time Indianapolis 500 champion Wilbur Shaw to be IMS president and general manager, and together they lifted the “500” into the worldwide spectacle we all know today.
Today’s #TBT features Shaw, Hulman and entertainers Clark Gable and Jack Benny at a qualifying day in May 1950. Gable was in town to film “To Please a Lady” while Benny had performed at the Indianapolis Coliseum. A great photo of Indiana and Hollywood royalty.
For more photos of Hulman and other dignitaries, check out tomorrow’s Friday Five on The Blog.