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.
Prior to last month’s 98th running of the Indianapolis 500, the crowd of over 300,000 got to see six historic racecars take a victory lap of sorts around the world-famous track —including the first to take back-to-back wins at Indy: the 1938 Maserati 8CTF, better known as the Boyle Special.
The supercharged crowd of flag-waving race fans, most of whom in attendance were clad in red white and blue, cheered as this extraordinary piece of American racing history made its way around the track. Originally driven by three-time Indy 500 winner and American racing legend, Wilbur Shaw, this special car took its honorary lap around the oval circle with three-time Indy 500 champion Johnny Rutherford behind the wheel.
The HVA Was There
The honors kept coming for this one-of-a-kind car even after the Boyle Special returned to Pit Lane. For it was here, in a special ceremony, that the HVA marked the occasion to formally announce that the Boyle Special was joining the 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona (CSX2287) and the 1964 Meyers Manx Dune Buggy (Old Red) as the third vehicle officially added to the National Historic Vehicle Register.
Along with this special designation, the HVA also honored the famous car’s current curator — the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum — by presenting the organization with the HVA’s Stewardship of Automotive Heritage award for their work in preserving not only this great car but also our automotive heritage.