New IMS Museum exhibit to highlight Indiana-built cars


In honor of the state of Indiana’s bicentennial celebration, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum is proud to present a one-of-a-kind exhibition starting in December.

“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 will be on exhibit, some of which will be making their first appearance on display.

In addition to the Hoosier-built passenger cars, a number of the most famous Indiana-built race cars will be shown, including IMS co-founder Carl Fisher’s 1905 Premier and the legendary Marmon Wasp that carried Ray Harroun to victory in the first Indianapolis 500 in 1911.

“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 that operates the museum located on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway grounds.

“Indiana Automobiles: Precision over Production” runs Dec. 6, 2016 to March 26, 2017.

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