Winner of the very first Indianapolis 500, the Marmon Wasp is an icon of early automotive racing. Check out these five facts to learn more about this fascinating piece of American automotive history.
Ray Harroun is best remembered as the first champion of Indianapolis 500. But his greatest contributions to the automotive world arguably happened behind the scenes. Here, we take a closer look at the storied career and off-the-track accomplishments of this pioneering inventor and automotive engineer.
At this year’s historic 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, a very special car took to the track for a ceremonial lap with four-time Indy 500 winner Al Unser behind the wheel. The Marmon Wasp raced to victory under the guidance of Ray Harroun at the first Indy 500 in 1911. Check out our latest THIS CAR MATTERS film to learn more about this amazing car.
The long and storied history of the Indianapolis 500 is positively brimming with iconic cars and drivers. Of these, none hold the distinction of the latest addition to the National Historic Vehicle Register—the Marmon Wasp. Check out this breakdown on why this legendary Indy racecar qualifies as being one of the nation’s most historically significant cars.
Those fortunate enough to be at this year’s Indianapolis 500 experienced a nail-biting contest almost to the end (spoiler alert: Ryan Hunter-Reay just barely beat out Helio Castroneves in the final few turns). They also got to see the return of a racing legend and hear a special announcement from the Historic Vehicle Association.
Like the Shelby Daytona Cobra CSX2287 and the first Meyers Manx dune buggy (“Old Red”), the 1938 Maserati 8CTF (a.k.a. the Boyle Special) exemplifies many of the criteria necessary for entry into the National Historic Vehicle Register. Check out this breakdown on why Indy’s most famous Maserati qualifies as being one of this nation’s most historically significant cars.
DOWNLOAD THE PRESS RELEASE >> Historic Vehicle Association and U.S. Department of the Interior to Document Historic Indy Race Car Indianapolis, IN (May 25, 2014) – The Historic Vehicle Association (HVA) announced today that the 1938 Maserati 8C.T.F. (serial number 3032)…