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History Vintage Indy 500 photos

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by hellsgaterods, Feb 24, 2014.

  1. hellsgaterods
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    I went to buy a display cabinet today and after talking to the guy for a while I bought these photos from him, they were just too cool to leave behind, most are of Indy 500, one I think is not, but its just too kool, thought Id share these with you guys and girls.

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  2. s55mercury66
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    from SW Wyoming

    Is that a Duesenberg in front of the service station?
     
  3. Jalopy Joker
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  4. hellsgaterods
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    We were trying to figure out what it was
     

  5. AV8 Dave
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    The second two are of Wilbur Shaw, first three-time winner of the 500. If memory serves me correctly, he won the '37, '39 and '40 races. And I believe your pics are his '39 and '40 rides, both Boyle Specials. Shaw wrote a book about his racing days that I read many years ago which was an excellent read if you're into vintage Indy. Time has unfortunately wiped it's title from my memory! Nice score on all the pics! Regards, Dave.
     
  6. hellsgaterods
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    You're right AV8 Dave, the pics are 1939 and '40 races, these were just too cool to leave behind.
     
  7. 29AVEE8
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    Lou Meyer was the first three time Indianapolis 500 winner, 1928, 1933, 1936.
     
  8. navyboy
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    thanks for sharring.
     
  9. deucemac
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    Wilbur Shaw was the second 3 time Indy winner Louie Meyer was first (later of Meyer Drake Offy fame). The book Shaw wrote was "Gentlemen Start Your Engines" > have always been a big fan of Wilbur Shaw and am lucky enough to own a first edition copy with a perfect dust jacket.
     
  10. The37Kid
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    It's late and I can't check to be sure but the fenderless Roadster looks like a Studebaker to me. First photo is a Fronty-Ford, I think the cowl letterering os doctored or photoshopped, the logo is totally different frome ones I've seen in other photos. Bob
     
  11. AV8 Dave
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    29AVEE8: Thank you and I stand corrected! Forgot that Lou Meyer was the first (it sucks being over 65 sometimes!).

    deucemac: Yes, that's it! Thank you sir! The very words Mr. Shaw came to speak on Memorial Day just before the race when he became a predecessor to Tony Hulman. That book is one of my all-time favourite racing reads. I envy you having a first edition - mine was borrowed from the local library.
     
  12. Joshua Shaw
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    Good find! Thanks for sharing.
     
  13. Good eye, Bob! Definitely a 29-ish Studebaker President 8. The coupe pillar and two-tone paint are 'tells'.

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  14. The37Kid
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    I've got info somewere that shows these Studebakers racing as "Stock Cars" on a board track, think it was Atlantic City, N. J. :)Bob
     
  15. Thank you for sharing these neat old photos and the two of Shaw in the Boyle Maserati's begs a question I have wondered about. How many Boyle Maserati cars were there for Shaw at Indianapolis from 1939 to 1941. Even the two that are pictured have some changes in the cosmetic appearance and could there possibly have been three? Another question concerning these cars, did one of them end up, very modified, to run the ill-fated NASCAR speedway division? Again thank you for the historic photos.
     
  16. designs that work
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    To the best of my memory the winning Maserati was the same car. Boyle had purchased a earlier Maserati that was not competitive and was never raced at Indy by Shaw. As to the NASCAR question I have no answer.
     

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