Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Indianapolis 500



Going Fast week continues here at OPOD as we look at this picture of Joe Dawson taking the checkered flag at the 1912 Indianapolis 500. It is amazing to me how early in the development of the automobile that men began to race. This was the second year of the Indy 500.

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  1. Average speed 78 MPH. Does that left front tire look bent or is that an optical illusion? The 1912 race has a very interesting story.

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  2. It well could have been leaned in to help hold the track.

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    1. Your probably right about that. I'll bet a pit stop consisted of just filling it up with gas. I wonder if they had a Yellow caution flag in case of an accident or did they just race around the accident and try not to hit the disabled car?

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    2. You can see the radiator is also tilted, so I think it is the shutter vs the car speed.

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  3. I was lucky enough to visit the museum located on the infield of the racetrack. Lots of interesting history and an amazing collection of vintage race cars and a few motorcycles. Don't miss it if you're ever in Indy.

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  4. Great car, reminds me of a coffin on wheels.

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  5. It would seem to me that car racing was just an extension of horse racing which most likely came about from the (whatever was first) foot race. Being the best at something seems to be rather a natural human thing. Maybe its an animal thing in general. Hmmm... might have to ponder that a bit.

    MT C

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