Here are some of the fun things to do while in Indianapolis for the big race this month.
If you like auto racing memorabilia, then don't miss the 17th Annual "Day Before the 500 Memorabilia Show located at the Indiana Convention Center. It's held on the Saturday before the race and is open from 9-5. Admission is $5.00 for adults and children under 10 are free. This is not your run of the mill memorabilia show with cards and die cast cars. You never know what you'll find here. One year they had the car that Merle Bettenhausen crashed at Michigan for sale. It had been put through a compactor and was about the size of a bale of hay. Perfect for a coffee table.
The Marion County Fairgrounds (SE side of town) will be hosting the Spring Hoosier Swap Meet on May 20 and 21. The Fairgrounds are located at 7300 East Troy Ave. Hours are 7 to 7 on Saturday and 7 to 4 on Sunday. Admission is free and parking is $2.00. You'll wade through a lot of junk here but there are some rare finds at some of these swap meets. I once found a set of the drinking glasses that Tony Hulman used to send out to associates at Christmas time. It still had the Christmas card too!
Don't forget the Indy FanFest, formerly known as the Indy 500 Expo, located next to the museum inside the Speedway. Admission is free with a general admission ticket to the track. Hours are 9 to 6 on qualification weekends. Race weekend the hours are 10 to 4 on Saturday and 7 to 11 a.m. on race day.
While you're in town tune in "The Talk of Gasoline Alley" on radio station WIBC 1070 AM. This is a very informative show hosted by racing historian, Donald Davidson. The show airs May 13, 14, 20 and 21 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and on May 15-19 and 22-26 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.. There will also be a show after the IMS Network goes off the air on race day.
There's plenty of racing action to be taken in while you're in Indianapolis. Here's some of what's going on:
May 19 Midgets Indianapolis Speedrome May 20 ASA 200 AC-Delco Challenge Series Stock Cars (Indianapolis Raceway Park) May 24 USAC Sprint Cars Winchester, Indiana May 25 Midgets Indianapolis Speedrome May 26 Silver Crown Indiana State Fairgrounds May 27 Sprints Little 500 Anderson, Indiana May 27 Midgets/FF2000 IRP