Indianapolis, IN — Two new limited-run exhibits at the IMS Museum — open until April — are honoring some heroes of horsepower and a legendary fixture at the front of the field.
“Engines of the Indy 500” offers an upclose look at some of the famous power plants that have propelled drivers to victory in the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, including a few that have become as famous as the winners they have taken across the Yard of Bricks.
Museum visitors will also learn about the masterminds that designed these engines, many of whom have taken their place in the Auto Racing Hall of Fame alongside the drivers they helped send to victory lane.
In addition to the roar of the powerful Novi and the “whoosh” of the turbine engine, a “parts petting zoo” offers young visitors the chance to learn what made an Offenhauser go.
“Camaro: 50 Years of Setting the Pace,” presented by Bill Estes Chevrolet, showcases several of the Camaros that have served as the official pace cars at the Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400.
Visitors will see the first Camaro pace car, a 1967 SS convertible from the first model year of the new “pony car,” as well as the orange-and-white restyled 1969 SS convertible, one of the most popular pace cars in Indianapolis 500 history.
Also on display is the Z28 Camaro that ushered in the third-generation of the famous model in 1982 by pacing the incredible race won by Gordon Johncock, as well as the SS editions that led the field for both the 100th Anniversary of the race in 2011, and the 100th running in 2016.
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