1909 First race is held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Kimber Forum

Kimber


Go Back   Kimber Forum > Off Topic Area > Off-Topic Discussion Forum

Like Tree17Likes
  • 7 Post By Chuck43
  • 2 Post By Marshall
  • 2 Post By Karens
  • 2 Post By WurlitzBurg
  • 1 Post By WaveGuy
  • 1 Post By Marshall
  • 1 Post By PaulWVa
  • 1 Post By OLE442
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-19-2018, 07:47 AM   #1
Super Moderator
 
Chuck43's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Northern Illinois
Posts: 32,835
1909 First race is held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

On this day in 1909, the first race is held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, now the home of the world’s most famous motor racing competition, the Indianapolis 500.

Built on 328 acres of farmland five miles northwest of Indianapolis, Indiana, the speedway was started by local businessmen as a testing facility for Indiana’s growing automobile industry. The idea was that occasional races at the track would pit cars from different manufacturers against each other. After seeing what these cars could do, spectators would presumably head down to the showroom of their choice to get a closer look.

The rectangular two-and-a-half-mile track linked four turns, each exactly 440 yards from start to finish, by two long and two short straight sections. In that first five-mile race on August 19, 1909, 12,000 spectators watched Austrian engineer Louis Schwitzer win with an average speed of 57.4 miles per hour. The track’s surface of crushed rock and tar proved a disaster, breaking up in a number of places and causing the deaths of two drivers, two mechanics and two spectators.

The surface was soon replaced with 3.2 million paving bricks, laid in a bed of sand and fixed with mortar. Dubbed “The Brickyard,” the speedway reopened in December 1909. In 1911, low attendance led the track’s owners to make a crucial decision: Instead of shorter races, they resolved to focus on a single, longer event each year, for a much larger prize. That May 30 marked the debut of the Indy 500–a grueling 500-mile race that was an immediate hit with audiences and drew press attention from all over the country. Driver Ray Haroun won the purse of $14,250, with an average speed of 74.59 mph and a total time of 6 hours and 42 minutes.

Since 1911, the Indianapolis 500 has been held every year, with the exception of 1917-18 and 1942-45, when the United States was involved in the two world wars. With an average crowd of 400,000, the Indy 500 is the best-attended event in U.S. sports. In 1936, asphalt was used for the first time to cover the rougher parts of the track, and by 1941 most of the track was paved. The last of the speedway’s original bricks were covered in 1961, except for a three-foot line of bricks left exposed at the start-finish line as a nostalgic reminder of the track’s history.
Gmountain, Marshall, JC45 and 4 others like this.
__________________
WE DON'T SHOOT TO KILL, WE SHOOT TO SAVE A LIFE.
Chuck43 is offline   Reply With Quote
Remove Ads
Old 08-19-2018, 08:49 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
Marshall's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Cardinal Nation
Posts: 19,290
https://dirkdeklein.net/2017/08/19/t...otor-speedway/
Attached Images
File Type: jpg indianapolis_motor_speedway_cc_img.jpg (64.4 KB, 0 views)
File Type: jpg 1909-first-indy-500-race-1.jpg (117.9 KB, 0 views)
File Type: jpg 1909-first-indy-500-race.jpg (13.2 KB, 0 views)
File Type: jpg first-indy-race-black-beast.jpg (138.6 KB, 0 views)
Supertool and PaulWVa like this.
Marshall is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-19-2018, 09:04 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
Karens's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Michigan
Posts: 814
It is a amazing place to watch a race, been there for F1, Indy Car, and NASCAR all different and it sure has changed in all the years.
Chuck43 and Supertool like this.
__________________
I have a very strict gun control policy if there's a gun around, I want to be in control of it - Clint Eastwood
Karens is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Old 08-19-2018, 09:32 AM   #4
Member
 
WurlitzBurg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2018
Posts: 41
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is within the small town of Speedway, In. Just a detail and no one really cares. There is a very nice museum inside the track that is open year around. It is nice to see what the race cars through the 1970s looked like, as they were not cookie cutter like they are now.
Chuck43 and Supertool like this.
__________________

TomT
WurlitzBurg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-19-2018, 07:08 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
WaveGuy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 108
I attended a nephew's wedding this Saturday in Noblesville, Indiana. The reception was held in a very nice venue, a converted industrial building which is the place where the car that won the first Indianapolis 500 in 1911 was built.

Mill Top Banquet Center
Chuck43 likes this.
WaveGuy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-19-2018, 07:31 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Marshall's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Cardinal Nation
Posts: 19,290
The cost of a ticket to the first race was .50 cts, but you have to remember that most people in 1909 only earned $200-$400 a year.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg z09ticaug.jpg (14.5 KB, 0 views)
Chuck43 likes this.
Marshall is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-19-2018, 08:04 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
PaulWVa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Dunbar, WVa
Posts: 1,512
I went to the NASCAR race there about eight years ago. It's amazing just how big the place is. It makes the biggest football stadiums look like somebodies backyard. I had seats in Turn 4 and you can't see the cars when in Turn 2 … it's like there on the other side of town ...'cause they are. Love the sounds, smells and action. My bucket list includes going back for the Indy car race someday.
Chuck43 likes this.
PaulWVa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-20-2018, 01:30 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
OLE442's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Way too close to the city
Posts: 1,520
I did the Richard Petty Driving Experience there a number of years ago. It was exciting to be on the actual track. Since I had done other RPDE at other tracks, they let me run first up. I went into turn 2 and the car quit (wire came of the ignition box) and the car (UPS #88) stopped part way up the back stretch. They announced there was a problem with the #88 car in the back stretch which gave my wife a bit of concern.....LOL! Really fun to drive a car on the IMS!
Chuck43 likes this.
OLE442 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-20-2018, 06:03 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Marshall's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Cardinal Nation
Posts: 19,290
And this is how it became known as "The Brickyard".......

The rectangular two-and-a-half-mile track linked four turns, each exactly 440 yards from start to finish, by two long and two short straight sections. In that first five-mile race on August 19, 1909, 12,000 spectators watched Austrian engineer Louis Schwitzer win with an average speed of 57.4 miles per hour. The track’s surface of crushed rock and tar proved a disaster, breaking up in a number of places and causing the deaths of two drivers, two mechanics and two spectators.

The surface was soon replaced with 3.2 million paving bricks, laid in a bed of sand and fixed with mortar. Dubbed “The Brickyard,” the speedway reopened in December 1909.

https://www.history.com/this-day-in-...motor-speedway
Marshall is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On