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 #237500  by BigMike60
 October 11th, 2010, 8:35 pm
Time to start thinking about Indy in May. Why? Read below:

Great Classic Cars To Be Featured At Special Event In May 2011 At IMS

A rich century of automotive heritage will be honored Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14, 2011 during the 100th Anniversary Indy 500 Celebration of Automobiles at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The 100th Anniversary Indy 500 Celebration of Automobiles will be a competition between automobile owners to be judged on the appearance of their cars. The event will celebrate the significance of vehicular transportation and competition to Indianapolis and be a centerpiece of the numerous festivities planned to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on Sunday, May 29. 2011.

"This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for classic car owners and enthusiasts," said Jeff Belskus, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation president and chief executive officer. "But the 100th Anniversary Indy 500 Celebration of Automobiles is much more than just a car show. It will be a memorable tribute to the greatest race in the world and a fitting start to a month of festivities surrounding "The Most Important Race in History.'"

The 100th Anniversary Indy 500 Celebration of Automobiles will feature two divisions of automobiles manufactured between 1911-61, the first 50 years of the Indianapolis 500:

-Cars representing the 24 manufacturers that competed in the first Indianapolis 500 in 1911: Alco, Amplex, Apperson, Benz, Buick, Case, Cole, Cutting, Fiat, Inter-State, Jackson, Knox, Lozier, Marmon, McFarlan, Mercedes, Mercer, National, Pope-Hartford, Simplex, Stutz, Velie, Westcott.

-Other great classic cars produced between 1911-61.

Awards will be presented in three classifications in both divisions of automobiles. The classifications are named after the three track ownership eras of IMS: the Carl Fisher Era (cars built from 1911-27), Eddie Rickenbacker Era (1928-45) and Early Tony Hulman Era (1946-61).

Approximately 250 contestants will be invited from a pool of applicants to participate in the show.

Participating cars will be on display at IMS and be driven around the famed 2.5-mile IMS oval during the show before being judged. Potential contestants can apply online at ... utomobiles or by mail.

An awards dinner, including a reception with legendary drivers of the Indianapolis 500, will take place during the Celebration at the IMS Hall of Fame Museum. Among the highlights of the gala dinner will be a display of all of the existing victorious cars from the Indianapolis 500 and interviews of Indianapolis 500-winning drivers by esteemed IMS Historian Donald Davidson.

Fans who attend Opening Day for the 2011 Indianapolis 500 on Saturday, May 14 can view all of the cars on display at the 100th Anniversary Indy 500 Celebration of Automobiles as part of their gate admission. Celebration activities May 13 will be for participants only.

2011 Indy 500 tickets: Tickets are on sale for the 2011 Indianapolis 500, the 100th anniversary of "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" on Sunday, May 29, 2011 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Race Day ticket prices start at just $20. Fans can buy tickets online at, by calling the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700, or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area, or by visiting the ticket office at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown Road and 16th Street between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday-Friday.

Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are on sale. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at (866) 221-8775 for more information.

I will definitely make the Opening Day event. I will be checking on the cost of tickets for the awards dinner, in the event the public can attend. That would be a hoot. Also, John and I have agreed to do the Breakfast event again [one last time?] this coming May, at least I think we have. I have already acquired the greatest giveaway item ever, at least I think so, and I will have one dozen of them for the first 12 people who sign up for the Breakfast, or if we don't get a dozen there, then the breakfast goers get first dibs and then whomever signed up first if they didn't go to the breakfast come next. I will also be getting the traditional street signs done. This is just a warning order with more to come as it develops.
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 #237502  by FIREM
 October 11th, 2010, 8:46 pm
Mike, the credit card statements have not yet arrived from Ocean City this past weekend. At the risk of being thrown out of the house and banished to the garage for life....
I WILL BE AT INDY 2011 !!!
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 #237513  by grayslater
 October 12th, 2010, 5:37 am
I'm a little disappointed. I had a conversation with a volunteer to the Speedway of the Anniversary activities earlier this summer at the HUGE Monmouth, IL Cruise-in (over 3000 cars in attendance). At the time, he had indicated an event where there would be a focus on all the Indianapolis Pace Cars. I was hoping to get my father-in-law in attendence with his 1968 Ford Torino GT Convertible (Pace car edition). Now it seems like the focus is predated to those cars before 1961. :roll:
 #237515  by BigMike60
 October 12th, 2010, 5:48 am
Cory - The Pace Car thing may still be in the works, I don't know. This Concours type event has been mentioned for the last two years as maybe coming into being. They had a Concours, in Georgia I think, where this one was prominently discussed. I originally thought it was going to happen last May, but finally realized that they were talking about May, 2011. This is the first official note on the IMS site that says that it will actually happen.
 #237590  by geezer300M
 October 12th, 2010, 6:11 pm
FIREM wrote:Mike, the credit card statements have not yet arrived from Ocean City this past weekend. At the risk of being thrown out of the house and banished to the garage for life....
I WILL BE AT INDY 2011 !!!
Shirley & I will be there. Until then, you can stay in my garage Bob.
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 #237722  by beespecial
 October 14th, 2010, 1:14 pm
By the numbers as of 10/14/2010:

Only 226 days til Race Day!

217 days til IndyMeet 2011.

300's at the 100th running of the 500.
 #238153  by BigMike60
 October 20th, 2010, 7:19 am
Street sign for Indy 2011. Although I am still mulling it over, I have a couple of potential second line phrases for the the street signs:

300M's AT INDY MAY 21, 2011


Like em both, will have to see which one prevails.
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 #241191  by FIREM
 November 30th, 2010, 7:21 pm
 #241298  by BigMike60
 December 2nd, 2010, 1:52 pm
Another "do not miss" event that I didn't get to see. My first visit to Indy was in 65' for time trials/practice and that was the year that Clark won I think.
 #241319  by geezer300M
 December 2nd, 2010, 7:31 pm
Actually that is me on 465 last May! It's hard to tell though, with the helmet.
 #241353  by BigMike60
 December 3rd, 2010, 9:15 am
Well, the age would be about right. lol
 #241424  by SPAD3
 December 4th, 2010, 4:46 pm
How could I not be in? Being only 15 minutes away. I will actually be doin the track this year if it is still going on. Finally have the car where I want it.
 #241431  by BigMike60
 December 4th, 2010, 6:10 pm
Great to hear Josh. I am anxious to see all the mods on her. This will be the best ever meet for give-aways. I am still compiling great stuff for all attendees.
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 #243377  by SilverHawk35
 January 2nd, 2011, 11:48 am
I will be there i might bring some special friends of mine from the car club i belong to so that they can see how things are really done :D
 #243549  by BigMike60
 January 4th, 2011, 9:50 am
Good deal Travis. Look forward to more attendees.
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