Pretty much all anybody recalls the 1971 Indianapolis 500 for these days was the pace car crash into the photographer’s stand at the start of the race. Or maybe the fact that pre-late show fame David Letterman interviewed Mario Andretti while covering the race for a local TV station. But it also had its merits as a good race, featuring the likes of the Unsers, Mark Donohue, A.J. Foyt, Peter Revson, and other racing greats in what was billed as a battle between Indy 500 veterans and a new crop of road racers driving McLarens who thought they could take on the Indy establishment. Definitely worth watching beyond the pace lap.
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Hemmings Sunday Cinema – A turbine comes to Indy – Daniel Strohl @Hemmings
While the story of Andy Granatelli’s STP turbine car entry at the 1967 Indianapolis 500 should be familiar territory for readers of the Hemmings Daily, nothing beats actually hearing the whoosh of the turbine and seeing the car at speed with Parnelli Jones at the wheel. So this Memorial Day weekend, in between barbecues and Musclepalooza, take some time to watch it in action and listen to the first-hand accounts from Jones, Granatelli, and their competition.
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Secrets of the Novi V8 – Mac’s Motor City Garage
Equal parts legend, myth, and fable, the awesome Novi V8 is one of the great stories of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Here’s a look back at 25 years of fascinating Novi lore.
Excellent article from Mac’s Motor City Garage here