Indiana Automobiles Exhibit Coming To IMS Museum

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Indiana Automobiles: Precision Over Production is an exhibit that will be housed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum

INDIANAPOLIS – In honor of Indiana’s Bicentennial Celebration, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum is presenting a one-of-a-kind exhibition.

Indiana Automobiles: Precision Over Production, is a celebration of legendary Hoosier-built automobiles, such as Stutz, Duesenberg, Studebaker and Marmon.

More than 35 historic, Indiana-built passenger cars are part of the exhibit, some of which will be making their first appearance on display.

Some of the impressive vehicles on display include a Columbus-built 1896 Reeves Motocycle, one of the first gasoline-propelled vehicles in the United States and the only one of its’ kind remaining in existence, an Indianapolis-built 1899 Waverly, one of the first electric cars, and a 1927 Duesenberg Model A that was the personal car of the luxury manufacturer’s co-founder Augie Duesenberg.

In addition to the Hoosier-built passenger cars, a number of the most famous Indiana-built race cars will be shown, including Speedway founder Carl Fisher’s 1905 Premier, and the legendary Marmon Wasp which carried Ray Harroun to victory in the first Indianapolis 500.

Also appearing in the exhibit are the 1912 National, which held the record for 99 years for shortest distance led by an Indianapolis 500 winning car, and a tribute to legendary Hall of Fame driver Frank Lockhart.

“This exhibit is intended to focus on Indiana’s early, widespread automotive industry, which spurred the development of acres of farmland into the world’s largest sporting facility. Lessons learned at ‘The Greatest Race Course in the World’ made their way into these outstanding passenger cars, which enhanced performance and safety” said Betsy Smith, executive director of the non-profit Indianapolis Motor Speedway Foundation which operates the museum.