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Howard Keck won both the Indianapolis 500 and the Kentucky Derby

June 12, 2015 by Leave a comment

American businessman Howard B. Keck has a unique place in sports history.  He was the owner of a Championship auto racing team which won the Indianapolis 500 twice and the owner of a thoroughbred horse which won the Kentucky Derby.

Keck was the son of California oilman William Myron Keck.   ...

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Book Review–Vukovich, an inspiring story of American achievement

June 9, 2015 by Leave a comment

Book Review:  Vukovich, an inspiring story of American achievement by Bob Gates.

Bill Vukovich was quite possibly the greatest auto racer to ever win the Indianapolis 500.  He was one of the California midget racers who took Championship racing by storm in the early 1950s. The record book clearly shows ...

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Banker accused of stealing F1 replica steering wheel from Mercedes-Benz World

February 19, 2015 by Leave a comment

In a case that is stranger than fiction, Colin Butcher was accused of stealing a 2000 British pound replica of the F1 steering wheel of Nico Rosberg used during the 2012 campaign from Mercedes-Benz World in Brooklands, England.

The steering wheel went missing on August 19, 2014.  Upon review of ...

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Dean Smith & Tony Hulman–two legends of sport

February 9, 2015 by Leave a comment

Yesterday the sports world learned of the passing of Dean Smith, the legendary coach of the University of North Carolina Tar Heels (1961-1997).

When I think about Dean Smith and Tony Hulman, several things strike me.  Both were legends in their time and had a profound impact on the sport ...

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Thoughts on cancellation of Brasilia Indy 300

January 31, 2015 by Leave a comment

Yesterday, the Brazilia Indy 300 race was cancelled by government officials in Brazil.  Unfortunately, the news of the cancellation hit the newsstands before the IndyCar series was notified.

Underlying the cancellation is the precarious financial condition of Brasilia, the capital of Brazil.   Some public employees aren’t being paid.  The cost ...

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What would Tony Hulman think of the Indianapolis Grand Prix?

May 5, 2014 by Leave a comment

 

Tony Hulman, the man who saved the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, was a traditionalist.

When he bought the Speedway in 1945, he said “The Speedway has always been a part of Indiana, just as the Derby is a part of Kentucky.”

Upon his purchase of the oldest brewery in Evansville, ...

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Why Tony Hulman

March 19, 2014 by Leave a comment

The question is….why write a book on Tony Hulman, the man who saved the Indianapolis Motor Speedway?  Why spend hundreds, maybe thousands, of hours doing research to say nothing of the hours spent writing and polishing a manuscript?

The answer is pretty simple and straight forward.

Surprisingly, a book has ...

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Book Review: Hard Luck Lloyd by John Lingle

March 7, 2014 by Leave a comment

Hard Luck Lloyd, The Complete Story of Slow-Talking, Fast-Driving Texan Lloyd Ruby  by John Lingle

After several years, most people can’t recall the opponent in a U. S. presidential election.  The winner is remembered in the history books.  The loser is usually just an asterisk in history.

The same is ...

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The balloon painting at IMS

February 12, 2014 by Leave a comment

Have you ever wondered about the balloon painted on the outside of the restroom in turn 4 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway?  It has a “colorful” history.

As part of the festivities for the 1966 race, the Speedway harkened back to an early time—1909 when the first race was a ...

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Legends of the Brickyard

February 5, 2014 by Leave a comment

Yesterday’s announcement by the SportsCar Vintage Racing Association of the inaugural Legends of the Brickyard to be held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway June 4-8 reminded me of the first races held at the historic track.

Originally built in 1909 by four Indianapolis auto buffs, Carl Fisher, James Allison, Arthur ...

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