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Indianapolis 500 Opening Day
May 14, 2011
Wow!  What an INCREDIBLE day at the Speedway!

The weather service had predicted a 90% chance of rain for
Saturday, opening day at the track.  So I didn't make any plans
to go.  I awoke at 10:30 a.m. to a bright sunny DRY day.  As I
drank my coffee, I prayed that it would stay that way.  There
was to be an unprecedented car show - 250 concourse quality
automobiles all built before 1961.  I sure didn't want to miss
that!

I headed out at noon from the south side of Indy.  I took
I-465.  There was some construction by the airport, then the
new highway opened up for awhile before more construction
cones appeared around Crawfordsville Rd.   The speed limit in
the construction zones is 45 mph.  It was very hard to go slow
as I was so excited about getting to the track and there was
not much traffic.  I did see a police car pull over someone - this
police car was an unmarked Mustang!  SNEAKY sneaky!

I turned off on 38th Street and found it was all under
construction too.  However I was able to turn right on Moller
Rd as I had planned.  I took that to 30th St and then left down
to the north entrance of the track.  It cost $10 to get in
today.  The infield was still open so I parked in there.  All I
took was my camera and smokes.  No hat, no sunglasses, no
cooler.
The first thing I noticed was the huge orange
Hotwheels ramp they are building for the
world-record jump they are planning to make on race
day.  It is in the 4th turn infield.  This was where I
was expecting the car show to be.  I would end up
walking toward the Pagoda Control Tower where the
brunt of the car show was being held.

I was blown away by all the fantastic cars.  I took
430 Photos and I did not take a picture of every
car!  I am going to put all these car show pictures on
a different page:

CAR SHOW PICTURES

I spent most of my time looking at the cars on
display.   I got to see one of my favorite cars of all
time - the 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C Touring Spider.  
Wow! wow! wow!  I never thought I'd get to see one
in person.

The cars were lined up all the way down behind the
F1 garages too.  

I signed up for the Indianapolis Star and got a free
race hat.

I made my way finally up to the 3rd floor of the
stands near Turn 1 where I watched a few cars
practice.  There was a great crowd today for
opening day.

I made my way back to the Plaza, bought a corndog
for $3 and a 16oz Miller Lite for $5.

I walked back out to Hulman drive to try and catch
a shuttle back to my car.  There I saw a collection
of Vipers parked in the grass.  OH MY GOD!  There
was my old Viper parked there!  I ran over and took
some photos of it.  It was like seeing a long lost
love!  Sigh...

Once back to my car, I put the top down and head
toward the south entrance.  As I got on the east
side of the museum, I spotted tents with race cars
parked under them!  I parked in the museum parking
lot and went to take a look and take more photos.  
These cars were all Indy 500 winners!

As I finished, it started to rain. I put the top back
up and drove on out encountering no traffic.  The
rain soon stopped.  

Today was perfect.  I hope you were able to go.

I would like to send out a great big THANK YOU to
all the collectors who preserve these automotive
wonders and allow all of us to see them!
The new 2012 INDYCAR was on display
There were several of these guys working
for those who did not want to wait for the
shuttle to get back out to their car in the
3rd turn infield.
The 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C Touring Spider
The 500 princesses toured the garages.
Don't forget to look at the hundreds of car show photos I took!

CAR SHOW PHOTOS
DAN'S PHOTO JOURNALS