Slideshow: Vintage Cars Take to Indy Track

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Beth Stackpole
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A look back puts today's cars in context
Beth Stackpole   6/15/2012 6:44:00 AM
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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tekochip   6/15/2012 2:08:33 PM
Great slide show, I wish there were captions to explain a little about each car.  They look like no more than a huge motor and tires.

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NadineJ   6/15/2012 6:50:33 PM
The year, top speed and significant wins would be interesting to know.

You're right.  They are huge motors with wheels.  Just like early motorcycles, function was most important.  After we refined that, form became more important.

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agriego   6/18/2012 9:16:21 AM
I have to agree. While the photos of these vehicles are great, it would be nice to have a little information on them as well.

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streetrodder   6/18/2012 9:22:21 AM
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.

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Make and Model
deejayh   6/18/2012 9:36:24 AM
Giving the make, model, and years spent racing at Indy (posibly even race finish place and year) would allow viewers to do a search for more information on the vehicle.

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AJ2X   6/18/2012 1:07:29 PM
Yes, these DN blog slideshow are always so tantalizing, and ultimately so disappointing, since they are tiny pictures that you can't get big versions of, and they come with no supporting data at all.  There has to be a better way to put these pictures together for engineering minds, who typically want to know more, more, more.

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photo captions
SledDawg   6/18/2012 2:42:15 PM
+1 on needing captions...

maybe at least add alt=text to the html code  for each photo, so some info shows up when you mouse over the photo...

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Re: A look back puts today's cars in context
notarboca   6/18/2012 9:40:12 PM
The first thing I think about when viewing these beauties is how far safety has come on the cars, pits, and track.  You had to be a brave soul to drive these things at top speed!

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Vintage Cars
Jack Rupert, PE   6/24/2012 3:01:08 PM
Very interesting presentation Sylvie.  Were you that lucky person who got to out there and see these cars live?  It's really quite amazing the technology that was developed with a slide rule.

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