Tuesday, June 7, 2016

500 Facts About the Indy 500-- Part 9: The Pagoda Appeared In 1913

16.  SIXTY-SIX AUTO RACES-- AND AN AIRSHOW-- WERE HELD IN 1910.

The bricks worked well, and cars began hitting speeds well over 100 mph.  Orville and Wilbur Wright turned up at the National Aviation Meet June 13-18, 1910, an airshow that saw Walter Brookins set an altitude records on June 14 1910.  I looked him up and found that record altitude to be 4,380 feet.  He has an interesting story as well.

THE TRACK ITSELF, AND TOM CARNEGIE, TOO

17.  AN EARLY VERSION OF THE "WIND AND WHEEL" LOGO APPEARED AS EARLY AS THE SPEEDWAY'S FIRST MOTORIZED EVENT.

The tickets for the August 1909 motorcycle and auto races feature a graphic with a central tire flanked by two outstretched wings.  The letters "IMS" are superimposed on the picture.  I saw one of the oldies logos pennants with several IMS logos and they sure didn't change much from the earliest one.

18.  THE PAGODA FIRST APPEARED IN 1913.

The original four-tiered pagoda was razed by fire in 1925 to make room for the new pagoda, which was moved back from the track a considerable distance as speeds increased.

That Pagoda Sure Gives the Track a Distinctive Flare.  --RoadDog

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