Nov 26 2009

Recent Photos from the Indy 500 Hall of Fame Museum

Rich Edwards of Arnold, Missouri has submitted several photos of his recent trip to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum including the #32 Marmon, winner of the Inaugural Indy 500 race.


Rich also found Carl Fisher's 1903 Premier Racer that was designed for the 1905 Vanderbilt Cup Race but never raced.


This is the Hall of Fame description of the car. Can you spot the mistake?

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Nov 29 2009 Walter McCarthy 9:32 PM

One place says built for the first Vanderbilt Cup Race (1904) and the other says designed for the 1905 race.  Walter

Nov 29 2009 Howard Kroplick 9:36 PM

From Sam B:

The Premier premise is false; a car could NOT have been designed in 1903 for any Vandy Cup since there wasn’t any such then.

Nov 29 2009 Howard Kroplick 9:36 PM

From JD:

That’s a weighty question.  Do you want the truth, the hole truth and nothing but the truth?

I know this isn’t THE answer, but I’m sure it’s a lot or fun.  And who can’t like puntification?

Nov 30 2009 Howard Kroplick 12:30 PM

JD, You are very funny! Walter and Sam are correct.

Although the Indy Hall of Fame Museum is fantastic, I believe their description of the Premier racer is inaccurate.

As Sam notes, the first Vanderbilt Cup Race was not first organized by William K. Vanderbilt, Jr. until January 1904. Accordingly it would be impossible to “design and build” the “1903” racer for the 1904 Race.

In addition, it is well-documented that the Premier racer was built for the second Vanderbilt Cup Race held in 1905. This 1905 Premier ad protested that the racer was not allowed to compete because it did not meet the weight requirements.

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