It's also interesting as to what passed for spectator safety. There was essentially nothing between the people and the track except for distance...
Fender, those pictures are awesome!
I find old pictures of IMS that show alot of the track just as fascinating as the car themselves. Thanks.
I knew the backstretch wall used to be quite rickety, but Fender's second shot shows it like I've never seen it before. Cool pics...
OK, so who is going to make a book out of this classic thread?
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"Ain't nuthin' like a piece of p***y, 'cept maybe the Indy 500."- Bunny, Platoon
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Thanks, Fender. Those look a lot like photos my father used to take back in the late 30s and 40s after the war. I wish I still had them.
I think it did pretty good considdering that Rathmann drove it with his eyes closed!
"Doc, just set them fingers sose I can hold the wheel"
James Hurtubise, June, 1964
Chet Miller from 1952 or 53. Dont know anything about him except that he died in the South Chute in 1953
I forget who this is. Sam Hanks maybe? Dad probably bought this photo when it was new. His stuff slowly became my stuff over the years
That would be Jimmy Bryan. He took over the sidewinder after Sam retired in the winners circle after he won in '57.
BTW, that is from 1952.
He finished 30th, started 27th, and was out at lap 41 with Supercharger trouble.
Referring to the 1982 Pocono Program:
Interesting the mention of the Saturday "Non-Qualifiers race".
I'm inclined to believe that this race wasn't held as according to the results - nobody was sent home - 35 cars were entered, 32 showed up, 2 wrecked in practice, so 30 started.
Does anyone know if this was supposed to be a sort of winner-takes-all race for the handful of cars that were being sent home or was it sort of a "B-main" where, for example all qualifiers slower than 26th were going for the last 4 spots in the field?
Were these held at any other 70's or 80's races?
"There is no substitute for victory." - General Douglas MacArthur
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Those stands are way cool!
You shoulda seen the contraptions that the folks made in the early years when anything you built was ok....
Fans spent the night before the race on 16th. St. parked fender to fender acros the entire street waiting for the bomb to go off so they could race in and get their favorite spot near the fence up in three. Then they built crazy scafolding that was an accident waiting to happen...
One year it did and several people were killed when one came down!
ah beautiful photos guys. please post some more!
Some one built a two or three story tall scaffold and the way I heard it was charging people to watch from up there. It fell over before the race even went green. When the cars went by on the parade lap everyone shifted onto the same side to get a better view and the scaffolding sank in the soft, wet ground. Then gravity took over and it fell over and sent everyone tumbling. The two fatalities were the guy who built the scaffolding and his brother or son
My dad was there that year. He knew nothing of the tragedy like most people there I bet
I still have the Indy newspaper he picked up after the race.