PHOTOS: Vintage Indy at Worldwide Technology Raceway

Greg Anderson at speed in the former Johnny Boyd Bowes Seal Fast Spl. at WWT Raceway. Photo: Brian Hart / Vintage Indy

The huge crowd on hand for the August 20-21 Bommarito Automotive Group 500 weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway featuring the NTT IndyCar Series and trio of Road to Indy races were witness to something else truly special: The largest field ever of Vintage Indy machines on rolling exhibition both Friday and Saturday.

Spanning six decades of Championship car and Indy car racing technology, the clatter, roar and turbo-shriek of many of the most exciting open-wheel race cars ever built brought history to life for the thousands in attendance at St. Louis’ premier oval track. Here’s a look-back courtesy of Vintage Indy photographer Brian Hart.

Veteran Indy 500 Chief Mechanic Tim Whiting & Zack Eckler of Duman’s Turn 4 Restorations oversee the running of Jeff Urwin’s stunning Epperly Laydown Offy at WWT Raceway. Photo: Brian Hart / Vintage Indy
Several generations between: Mick Anderson’s ’72 Eagle-Chevrolet vs. Mike Lynn’s ’32 B Block Miller-Ford. Photo: Brian Hart / Vintage Indy
1971 Gene White Firestone Mongoose Ford turbo is owned by Brad Edwards. Photo: Brian Hart / Vintage Indy
A stellar Vintage Indy driver lineup. Photo: Brian Hart / Vintage Indy
When Champ cars were Sprint cars – and vice versa … Photo: Brian Hart / Vintage Indy
What a difference 20 years makes! Photo: Brian Hart / Vintage Indy
Mick Anderson’s pristine 1961 Watson Offenhauser Leader Card Special Replica. Photo: Brian Hart / Vintage Indy
Ken Muller’s 1960 Travelon Trailer Special at the front of the line. Photo: Brian Hart / Vintage Indy
The famed stock block Ford-powered 1969 Olsonite Eagle now owned by Phil Gumpert. Photo: Brian Hart / Vintage Indy
Vintage Indy President Mike Lashmett (center) conducts the drivers meeting along with Flagman Jason Burgess (white blazer) at WWT Raceway. Photo: Brian Hart / Vintage Indy
Early ‘60s Novi stunner. Photo: Brian Hart / Vintage Indy
A winged shadow over the shoulder of Dr. Bob Dicks’ 1963 Willard Battery Agajanian Special Replica. Photo: Brian Hart / Vintage Indy
“Indy Past Is Our Passion!” – indeed! Photo: Brian Hart / Vintage Indy
1968 Gilbert Cheetah, owners Steven and Sharon Francis. Photo: Brian Hart / Vintage Indy
Close-up look at a 1932 Ford-powered Miller. Photo: Brian Hart / Vintage Indy