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Old 05-07-2009, 08:55 AM   #1
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When I was a kid, May was my favorite month. Every year around this time, my pops and I would pack up and head for Indianapolis in time to catch the last of qualifying and, of course, the greatest spectacle in racing. I remember it being more grand t...

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Old 05-07-2009, 09:09 AM   #2
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Thanks man !! As always in the month of may I think back to how Indy used to be !! >>>>.
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Old 05-07-2009, 09:22 AM   #3
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In my mind, nothing in sports... nothing... can touch sitting in the bleachers on the outside of turn 1 for the first lap of the Indy 500. Even today. Breath taking...
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Old 05-07-2009, 09:34 AM   #4
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I have never been but would love to go someday. And as far as these cars go I look forward to Indy entries because I can look early indy cars all day! Love the details.
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Old 05-07-2009, 09:35 AM   #5
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That's a great video. I really like the old Indy cars.
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Old 05-07-2009, 09:39 AM   #6
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Thanks Ryan, and great video by the way.

Muchos Grass man!
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Old 05-07-2009, 09:48 AM   #7
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Great post. I loved the old Indy cars too. I never got to go in person but I can still remember listening to Sid Collins call the race on my little transistor radio.

Today I have to relive those days through my modeling:



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Old 05-07-2009, 09:50 AM   #8
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That place will always be special.

Ryan: When are you going to come to Indy? There are a few of us here that can get you full access at the Speedway...just say the word.
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Old 05-07-2009, 10:05 AM   #9
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GREAT video Ryan,.

Was lucky enough to get a USAC garage pass for opening day yesterday.
It was Wonderfull!!

It's just one of those places that you can "Feel" the history in the air. It vibrates. Even when cars are not there, If you get the chance.. just stand and look at the track and listen.. You'll see!


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Old 05-07-2009, 10:07 AM   #10
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Great Video..Thanks
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Old 05-07-2009, 10:07 AM   #11
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Ryan, do you have the Kurtis Kraft book?

I bought it and immediately thought that you could do a year's worth of blogs on it. It's amazing how intertwined Frank Kurtis was in the custom and racing circles. Even built an Indy winner (or two).

It was Kurtis that built the frame under Dean Lowe's '29 RPU, complete with sprint-car style torsion bars. He chopped and built the top on the Southern California Plating Company car.




It's a great read.. lots of information and color photos of beautiful race cars. Of all scales.

http://www.amazon.com/Kurtis-Kraft-M.../dp/0760309108

(look at the "also bought" titles along the bottom of the page )
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I'll have to scan a lot of MILLER stuff this week.
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Old 05-07-2009, 10:10 AM   #13
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I posted this link on the sprint car thread a while back, a bunch of documentry vids narrated by Jenkins/Page of the history of Indy including interviews with oldtimers like Meyer, Ruttman, Ward etc.

http://www.joost.com/03600eq/t/Wilbur-Shaw#id=03600eq
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Old 05-07-2009, 10:10 AM   #14
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That was fun! Gonna be a good month with one a week
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Great video. Thanks. Looking forward to the upcoming posts, as well.
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As the video implies, Shorty was killed in the crash on lap 40 after swerving into the outside retaining wall to avoid the spinning car of Bill Holland, who recovered from the spin to finish second. In looking at the video, the crash does not look that bad by today's standards. Just goes to show how far they have come on safety.
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Old 05-07-2009, 11:22 AM   #17
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As the video implies, Shorty was killed in the crash on lap 40 after swerving into the outside retaining wall to avoid the spinning car of Bill Holland, who recovered from the spin to finish second. In looking at the video, the crash does not look that bad by today's standards. Just goes to show how far they have come on safety.
Sadly, it was a broken neck that killed Shorty. If you watch closely, you can see how that might be the case.
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Old 05-07-2009, 11:35 AM   #18
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Thanks Ryan...great video!
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Old 05-07-2009, 11:42 AM   #19
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Thanks again Ryan!
I too love Indy (old) cars: and I agree with Smokey: Indy would have been reserved to american cars, engines, mechanics and drivers!
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Old 05-07-2009, 11:47 AM   #20
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Thanks for the video Ryan.

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