Turn 1 of the 1965 Indianapolis 500

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Turn 1 of the 1965 Indianapolis 500

Turn 1 of the 1965 Indianapolis 500

Turn 1 of the 1965 Indianapolis 500

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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.
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The 500
The 500

O, what a memory for me. My 1st 500.Took the train from WI to Frankfort,IN where my dads army buddy's wife picked me up at 3 a.m. the day before the race.Sat in the infield on turn 3. I died and went to heaven that day.Great racers and great racing.T hank's for the picture Donald.

Steve
Steve

They were certainly drifting up to the outside wall in the short chute by this time. You have to go all the way back to the '20s or '30s to see them run a tight inside line all the way around.

Big Mac
Big Mac

Great shot from a great race. 4 great drivers in the front at the start. It was a good race and good qualifying weekends

Russ beckner
Russ beckner

Another great unplugged Donald.!! Is only a shame we lost so many great drivers in there prime. Thank you so much for keeping this history alive, before many years those of us the remember these great days will be gone.

Don Anspaugh
Don Anspaugh

My Granddad who raised me knew Al Miller pretty well. I remember fling with him into Illinois somewhere and getting a rental car to drive to Duqoin for the 100 miler around 67 or so and my Grandpa sees Miller in front of him on the road and being the wild ass my kin was he went up and clouted Miller in the rear bumper, went around him and laughed and Miller never wavered and just grinned back...

Dave Pfau
Dave Pfau

Great shot going into the corner. Notice the heads tilted and how far they come down on the apex, in today's world, that would be a recipe for disaster.

Marc Matheny
Marc Matheny

1965 was one of the best looking fields in history. Really neat colors, especially Foyt, Clark and Parnelli. 1965 was a great field, but maybe 1967 or 1992 were the best ever.

Bill Schiel
Bill Schiel

Great shot of 4 racing legends in action. Although they are all on the line through the apex of the turn backing off as they entered, they still ran the line (shortest distance) all the way around. No drifting up to the wall through the short shutes.

David Iles
David Iles

You would be hard pressed to find a picture during a race with more great drivers in it than this one.

Racenutdon
Racenutdon

I suppose I could have attended this race, but three months old is a bit young. For years I went to the race with my dad and he always tried to park as close as possible. Then he'd want to leave early! This drove me crazy and once I was old enough to go it alone I rounded up high school friends and met Dad at the track.

IndyPacer
IndyPacer

This was my first of 42 500's. As a 12 year old it made a big impression on me, haven't been anywhere else on Memorial day weekend ever since! This picture is probably one the most recognized in the 60's era. Jim Clark spanked the field that day! It took us three hours to get outside the track from the infield. I learned that day never to park in the infield, park far away and walk.