This year’s Indy 500 will be a memorable event to me in a sense. Fifty years ago, my grandfather saw a drag Corvette I was associated with that had stack injection and he mentioned that he worked on race cars when he worked in the Packard experimental department during the teens of the last century. We ended up having numerous discussions on the topic and I searched for any race cars or parts from the day forward until I found the engine and some parts to one of the racecars in 1981, some 9 months after my grandfather passed away. Funny deal is that the engine I located and bought in the early 80s had spent the weekend in the pits at Indy in 1969 on display ( I still have the sign board they had in the pits at Indy in 69). The engine had been in the racecar that led the race in 1919 for the first half of the race and after several mechanical stops finished in 6th place. It is the only 12 cylinder to ever finish the race. It has quite a history as it is engine #1 in the progression of the Packard Liberty aero engines that were built to fight the Kaiser in WW1. It has also been written up in Ferrari articles as the inspiration for Enzo Ferrari and his great v-12s. It was a SOHC match racer that toured the country in 1917 match racing Barney Oldfield in the SOHC 4 cylinder Miller Golden Submarine and Louis Chevrolet in his 4 cylinder SOHC Frontenac. Although I have made several laps at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in collector cars, I regret that I was so short-sighted to have not done something to have the engine and/or recreated car present at this year’s event-on the 100 anniversary of it’s attempt at immortality. Hopefully I will be able to do something with the car so that it too can make one more lap at the speedway but this year I will watch the race in my shop and give the engine a nod during the event. Amazing to me that it ran there 100 years ago. Too bad that more of the great cars that ran in the race did not survive. A few have, including the Peugeot entered by the Book Brothers (and that recently sold for 7.2 million dollars). The first of many Indy 500s where Miller OHC cars competed. The 1919 race had 3 Millers compete. Probably though the 1919 race was also known for the sad fate that befell several participants. Arthur Thurman and Louis LeCocq, both in Duesenberg powered cars were killed and LeCocq’s mechanic as well. They adopted the three liter limit for the 1920 race and some of the press reports alluded to slowing the cars down although it may have had more to do with the new crop of cars being developed in post war Europe. 299 Packard on the outside of the front row. 299 during the race 299 prior to the race with the hood sides removed 299 with the 905 at Indy. The 905 had several months prior set the speed record at Daytona and was touring the U.S. 905 at speed at Daytona in February of 1919 299 at Indy on August 2, 1916,several months after being completed where it became the first AAA class racer to lap the Motor Speedway at over 100 mph. Jesse Vincent, Packard' chief engineer besides the car. 299 match racing against Oldfield and Louis Chevrolet in 1917 at Sheepshead Bay 2 mile boardtrack. De Palma in the 299 had a good day and won the three match races that afternoon. De Palma getting the checkers with Louis Chevrolet close behind in his Frontenac. The 299 finished in sixth place in the race 100 years ago. He had led the first half of the race but had a pit stop for a bad valve but the frozen right front wheel bearing made for a lengthy pit stop. De Palma in the dark cap as in those days the driver and mechanic had to do their own repairs. The engine as it sits today. The radiator is the original radiator they used in 1916. They had a different one in 1919 as they had made a newer and lower body- taking advantage of the studies they had done with the 905 and aerodynamics.