Thursday, June 9, 2011

Roar, Whine, and Grrrummble!

As a rule, street cars bore me until they begin to look like this ...


Or maybe this...



Even this...


I live near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which on Wednesday hosted a stop on Hotrod Magazine's 2011 Power Tour. There were a lot of participants gathered in the shade, such as it was, of the IMS Pagoda, with cars and trucks from all across the country, who participated in at least one stop of the tour. Representatives from all aspects of the industry were there, primarily those who manufacture aftermarket parts for people who restore and modify vehicles. One company makes tires, so owners can keep shoes on their vintage babies.

I wandered around the grounds for hours, where I saw cars of all kinds, from all eras, in various stages of restoration and/or modification. All the work had been lovingly done. They may have have begun their lives on an assembly line, but each of these automobiles is a one-of-a-kind creation, reflecting the vision and creativity of their owners. These people come from all backgrounds, from all around the country, but when they come together they they have something to talk about.

Here's the IMS Pagoda, which on race days is the administrative hub where timing and scoring is done and media is housed. Below that is a shot of the main straight as it looked yesterday, and another from before the start of this year's Indy 500.






2 comments:

Steffe said...

These photos are great. I really like the two top photos.

Speedway said...

Thank you, Steffe. I love the restored cars and customized hotrods, but I'm no expert about them; I just think they're eye candy. In mid-September there'll be another, even larger event, with a ga-zillion cars. Hope to get some nice pohtos then, too.