In the infield of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, you’ll find one of the finest auto museums in the world. Here’s the cook’s tour with a big photo gallery.
The Hall of Fame Museum in Indy is one of MCG’s all-time favorite car destinations. He’s such a hopeless Speedway geek. Even in the dead of winter, he gets goosebumps driving up 16th Street and seeing those big silver grandstands glinting in the sun. He lost count long ago of the number of visits he’s made to the Museum. Many of the cars in display here are practically old friends:
+ The Boyle/Shaw Maserati 8CTF, winner of two straight Indy 500s in 1939 and 1940, and featured previously at Mac’s Motor City Garage here.
+ The fearsome and wondrous 1903 Premier racer built by Carl Fisher, who co-founded the Speedway a few years later.
+ The Reynard-Cosworth 94I, tuned and polished like a Stradivarius by the brilliant Dr. Who, Tim Wardrop, and driven in 1996 by Arie Luyendyk to the fastest lap ever turned at the Speedway, 239.260 mph.
+ The 1911 Marmon Wasp, an amazing machine now over a century old and surely one of the most historically significant race cars in the world.
The Museum owns far more cars than it has room to display, so they’re rotated through the exhibit floors on a regular basis to keep things fresh. For our most recent visit this May the emphasis seemed to be on former Indy 500 winners, so you’ll find plenty of those in the accompanying slide show.
The Museum is also home to a number of significant non-Indy related cars, including a Mercedes-Benz W196 and the original Corvette SS factory racer (also featured here at MCG). During our latest visit, there was also an entire exhibit devoted to the cars and career of 1963 Indy 500 winner Parnelli Jones, featuring his own fabulous collection. Actually, everything was perfectly awesome, just as it always is. Gallery below.