Sports loyalties often are passed down from generation to generation.
If your dad watched the Green Bay Packers every Sunday when you were a kid, there’s a pretty good chance you grew up to be a football fan and Packers’ fan. If your dad took you fishing often, you probably ended up an angler for life.
Racing is no different. The passion for all things horsepower usually is woven into a DNA strand between father and child or even grandfather and child.
That’s why you see so many fathers and sons and daughters in the grandstands and on the viewing mounds on race weekends at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Multiple generations of families have passed down their love for the power and glory of motorsports since Carl Fisher’s dream became reality on West 16th Street in Indianapolis in 1909.
But there’s even more significance to the connection between fathers and children who share a need for speed this weekend during the fourth annual Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational at IMS.
One, just look at the calendar. Father’s Day is Sunday. What better weekend is there to celebrate the wonderful things your dad patiently introduced to you as a kid, shared interests that still remain today, such as a love for racing?
Two, the incredible variety of historic machinery – ranging more than a century from the early 1900s into the early 2000s – bridges racing’s generation gap.
You will see the cars through which your dad introduced you to this fantastic sport as a kid. That will spawn smiles and memories to last a long time – at least until next year’s Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational! But more importantly, it’s almost certain you’ll also see competition among the cars that ignited your dad’s fire for racing when he was a boy, probably after his dad or grandpa took him to a racetrack for the first time.
Everything is relatable. Everything is pure. There’s so much to see, hear and discuss, up close and in detail. It’s a kaleidoscope of color, power, shapes and smiles.
There’s also another generational connection this weekend at the Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational.
It’s a pretty safe bet that you became infatuated by the lithe shapes and mechanical intricacy of race cars when your father or grandpa introduced you to the sport.
You came home from the track or watched your first race on TV and then spent hours drawing pictures of race cars with markers or crayons. You built plastic models of race cars. You played with Hot Wheels or AFX slot cars. You dreamed of driving Parnelli’s turbine, JR’s Yellow Submarine or Dale Sr.’s Goodwrench Chevrolet.
Race cars were different than the sedan, station wagon, pickup truck or mini-van parked in your driveway. They looked fast even when standing still. They were beautiful.
Just like NFL Films introduced millions of young boys to classical music in the 1960s and 1970s, race cars became a gateway to art for youth around the world. They were rolling sculptures with wheels. They were motorized masterpieces as if carved by Michelangelo.
And there’s no event at IMS that showcases the constant beauty of race car design, engineering and execution quite like the Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational. The sinuous curves. The primitive power. The pinnacle of performance from every era of the sport.
It’s magic. So call or text your dad and tighten that common thread for racing even more by checking out the Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational this weekend at IMS.
General admission tickets are available online or at the IMS Ticket Office for all three days of this unique event. Kids 15 and under are admitted free with any ticketed adult, helping you spark the embers for racing in your son or daughter or grandson or granddaughter.
Happy Father’s Day from IMS.