From a historical perspective the Inaugural Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational has to be one of the best motorsports events in the country. Where else can you get an up-close view of over 600 vintage race cars from the early 1910s to the present in addition to watching the racing and exhibition events?
Two of the earliest entries were the 1911 Nationals built here in Indianapolis. Imagine the sound of these 450 cubic-inch behemoths. It was like being transported back to that era 105 years ago.
For Indy 500 roadster aficionados, there were numerous examples from pre-war offerings up to a 1964 Sheraton Thompson Special tribute car of the last winning front-engine roadster. Probably my favorite roadster was the 1960 Dowgard – Watson roadster.
The cars were on display on the infield and open to all fans, providing up-close access to the race cars. The owners and crews were very welcoming in sharing the stories of their particular cars. I was able to relive many stories from my Indy 500 memories.
For all you vintage racing enthusiasts, you have to put the Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational on your bucket list for 2017.
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