The Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced that a Concours d’Elegance would be a featured event during the Speedway’s Centennial Era, which will honor the 100th anniversaries of the opening of the facility in 1909 and the inaugural Indianapolis 500 in 1911.
While this will be the first Concours to take place at IMS, the Speedway – via the IMS Hall of Fame Museum – has participated in many Concours, including the prestigious Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance annually since the inaugural event in northeastern Florida in 1996. In 2004, eight cars from the Museum were on display at Amelia Island, which that year had a featured marquee of “Legends of Indy.”
Two classic racing machines from the IMS collection were at the 2009 Amelia Island Concours:
1954/55 Mercedes-Benz W196 that competed in Formula One for a team led by legendary drivers Juan Manuel Fangio and Stirling Moss.
1957/1958 John Zink Special. 1960 Indianapolis 500 winner Jim Rathmann captured the famous “Race of Two Worlds” in 1958 on the fearsome oval at Monza, Italy, in this Offenhauser-powered roadster designed and built by A.J. Watson. 1952 Indianapolis 500 winner Troy Ruttman also qualified the car on the front row in 1957 at Indy.
The one and only Centennial Era Concours d’Elegance, scheduled to take place on June 18-20, 2010, will celebrate the significance of vehicular transportation and competition to Indianapolis.
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[Source: Indianapolis Motor Speedway]