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Amidst all the other impressive classics on display at Pebble Beach, many of the most interesting belong to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum. The car are part of a larger collaboration between the race track and the Concours as next year the Brickyard will celebrate its racing centennial.
Notable vehicles on display include the innovative 1928 Miller “Front Drive Special” which used a 1.5-liter engine. Without a driveshaft tunnel, the car could sit much lower the the ground. Despite several pole positions it never finished higher than sixth, although it did set records in Europe, racing against the leading Alfa and Maserati models of the day.
Equally as innovative is the 1950 Kurtis “Cummins Diesel Special” which may only have placed 13th at Indy, but did so without ever making a pit stop thanks to the turbocharged 6.6-liter diesel’s impressive fuel economy.
And finally, we can’t ignore the 1972 McLaren “Sunoco Special.” The very same McLaren company that currently races in the Formula One World Championship competed at Indy from 1970 to ’82, winning three times, the first of which was in this blue and yellow car piloted by Mark Donahue.
Check out the gallery of official Hall of Fame Museum cars as well as a few other notable Indy racers on display at Pebble Beach.
GALLERY: Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum Cars at Pebble Beach
Day 5 of the MINI Takes The States Tour saw me back in the Clubman for one final jaunt, with a relatively uneventful drive from Columbus to Indianapolis. A back road detour had us on a road worthy of a car commercial, freshly paved in black asphalt, winding through various Ohio cornfields and small towns. But the best was yet to come, as I was about to get my chance to lap the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Although it was officially a slow speed “parade lap”, I found a way around that and was able to experience the joys of going flat out around an oval – or a reasonable facsimile of it.
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