Indianapolis 500

Indy 500 cars displayed at IND Airport

The Indianapolis 500 takes place in about a month and Indianapolis International Airport is revving up for the race with a new display of some vintage race cars.

IND_Russo-Nichels

This 1950 Russo–Nichels Special, known as “Basement Bessie,” was built by driver Paul Russo and chief mechanic Ray Nichels in the basement of Russo’s home in Hammond, Ind. and had to be partially dismantled in order to move it to the ground floor. Look for this car on Concourse A near the exit to Civic Plaza.

IND _Mickey Thompson

1962 Mickey Thompson Harvey Aluminum Special

Look for this car on Concourse B near the exit to Civic Plaza

(Photos courtesy Indianapolis International Airport)

Vintage Indy 500 cars at Indianpolis Int’l Airport

Car racing fan?

Then you might like the fresh set of vintage Indianapolis 500 race cars that are on display at the Indianapolis International Airport (IND).

IND 14 car

The #14 Bardahl Special led more laps of the 1966 Indianapolis 500 than any other car.

Driver Lloyd Ruby took the lead from defending world champion Jim Clark on lap 65 and proceeded to lead 68 of the next 86 laps. Just when it appeared the race might be Ruby’s, a chronic oil leak developed, causing the car to be black-flagged twice and finally retired after 166 of the 200 laps. In the summer of 1968, sporting a different paint job, it was one of the cars used in the making of the motion picture “Winning” starring Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward and Robert Wagner

Find it: on Concourse A near the exit to Civic Plaza.

IND 8

1957 WOLCOTT SPECIAL #8

“This car appeared at Indianapolis three times, driven in 1957 and 1958 by Rodger Ward (winner of the “500” in 1959 and 1962, but in different cars) and in 1959 by Len Sutton (who finished second to Ward in 1962, also in another car). Although it was entered each time with a 170-cubic-inch supercharged Offenhauser engine, it was decided for 1958 to switch to a more standard 255-cubic-inch non-supercharged version. Ward was running second in 1958 when a magneto failed after 93 laps, but later that summer he won the prestigious 200-mile race at Milwaukee.”

Find it: on Concourse B near the exit to Civic Plaza

Indianapolis 500 cars at Indianapolis Airport

Car racing fans take note: classic Indianapolis 500 race cars will be on display at the Indianapolis International Airport (IND) through October 2013.

The first two cars on loan from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum are the Sugaripe Prune Eagle/Offy (above) driven to second place by Bill Vukovich Jr. in the 1973 Indianapolis 500 and the backup Norton Spirit Penske/Cosworth (below) driven in practice by three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Unser before the 1979 Indianapolis 500. Look for Vukovich’s car on Concourse B near the exit to Civic Plaza and for Unser’s car on Concourse A.

Two other historic race cars will replace those cars in April 2013.

Want to see more cars like this? The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum, on the grounds of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, displays at least 75 cars year-round.

The 97th Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for Sunday, May 26, 2013.

(Photos courtesy Indianapolis International Airport)