Opening weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 2012 Indy 500 provides the perfect backdrop for the Brickyard's second annual Celebration of Automobiles, which takes place Saturday, May 12, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the track. In addition to seeing the new Dallara DW12 Indy cars stretch their legs in anticipation of the next week's pole qualifying, there are three automotive happenings that will make a visit to this temple of speed an even more memorable experience.
Vintage and Historic Car Show
Honoring the marques that made Indy.
The grounds surrounding the iconic Pagoda will be turned into a concours field hosting 200 vehicles from 1920 to 1970. These cars are chosen to represent the manufacturers who competed at the Speedway over the period, as well as additional classes showcasing other cars from the era. Also included will be winners from other prestigious concours such as Pebble Beach and Amelia Island. The show will also pay special attention to cars from Chevrolet, Honda and Lotus, the three engine manufacturers competing in the Izod IndyCar Series. Question and answer sessions with car owners as well as past Indy 500 winners will be conducted throughout the day. Class winners and best-in-show awards will be presented at a gala dinner that evening.
The Road & Track Trophy
The car we'd most like to drive or race.
For the first time, Road & Track will be participating in the Celebration of Automobiles by giving a trophy to the car that our judging team would most like to drive or race. The three-person team includes Editor-in-Chief Matt DeLorenzo, Editor-at-Large John Lamm and two-time Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti. The trophy is patterned after those that we, the nation's longest-running automotive enthusiast magazine, award at venues such as the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, Amelia Island Concours, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion and the Hawk with Brian Redman at Road America.
Emerging Tech Showcase
Tomorrow's cars today.
Subjecting new technology to the crucible of competition has been one of the strengths of the Indy 500. It's the place where ideas ranging from front-wheel drive to turbine power have been put to the test. That spirit lives on in the Emerging Tech Showcase, which puts a spotlight on the concept of sustainable transportation. Manufacturers of EVs will have cars on hand to offer ride-and-drive opportunities, while owners of electric-powered cars will be able to compete in an EV rally, which will also feature the opportunity to take a lap of the Speedway. In partnership with Purdue University, the Speedway is also sponsoring the Purdue Collegiate evGrand Prix pitting home-built EVs from various colleges against each other in a kart race.
Power to the people.
The infield area inside Turn Four will be the gathering place for recent vintage and late-model performance cars, as well as a product showcase for aftermarket and accessory companies. Among the marques that will be represented with specific corrals include Chevrolet Corvette and Camaro, Ford Mustang, BMW, Porsche, Lotus, Aston Martin, Bentley, Lamborghini, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Lexus, Honda VW, Jaguar, Mazda and more. Rare and unusual cars ranging from DeLoreans to Corvairs will also be featured. For more information visit the .
Celebration of Automobiles Awards Dinner
Gala will put the finishing touch on a day full of auto enthusiasm.
To cap off the Celebration of Automobiles activities, a special awards dinner will be held at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown Saturday evening, May 12, at 6:30 p.m. The evening's program will begin with cocktails, then dinner featuring an awards ceremony for the first place winners from the day's concours. The Road & Track Trophy will be presented that evening, along with a Media Choice Award and People's Choice Award. The program will be highlighted by a question and answer session involving the day's grand marshal, Roger Penske, as well as Indy legends Rick Mears, Bobby Unser and Tom Sneva with moderator Donald Davidson, the Speedway's historian. Tickets are $125 each and can be ordered by personal check, payable to Indianapolis Motor Speedway and sent to Peggy Swalls, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, P.O. Box 24152, Speedway, IN 46224. Tickets can also be ordered by phone at (317) 492-6706.
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