The start of a new day was dominated by an old tradition at the Indy 500 this year, as vintage race cars took to the track for Legends Day, honoring Roger Penske.
With cars dating all the way back to the first Indy 500 in 1911, going right through to vehicles from the 1990s, old and new timers alike gathered to ogle the shiny chassis and engines still in mint condition.
Buffed, polished, and fine-tuned by adoring owners, machines including the Kurtis Kraft Bardahl Special, the 1959 Epperley Bowes Seal Fast Special, Huffaker-Offys, Watsons, Eagles, Kuzmas, Penskes, Lolas, and Marches were all on display.
Click on the image below to take a tour of some of the more eye-catching cars.
Great photos, though I also wish that they'd had some caption information.
I was slightly involved with high-end dirt track racing for a while. I'm reminded that many of those early cars were multi-purpose. The cars would run on dirt tracks at 180 mph most of the year. On Memorial Day they were outfitted with different tires and the suspensions were tweaked to run on pavement. The next weekend those cars and drivers were back at the dirt tracks.
These cars look like they've come straight out of some old movie I saw as a kid about an around-the-world race. Very cool and very entitling when you look at how far the designs have come in terms of aerodynamics and just pure horsepower.
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