Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Wednesday September 21, 2011-Heartland Resort

Our first full day here in Greenfield IN was a nice one with a cool morning and sunny skies. Mack and Mattigene took us to the Indianapolis 500 Speedway and the museum there.

Here is our new yard sign that we bought at the Hershey show. It has our names, a fifth wheel trailer, our Heartland Owners club sign and even a pink flamingo from the Texas Boomers.

This is the Indy 500 museum building. There is a very impressive collection of Indy cars as well as other interesting vehicles and photos of all the Indy 500 race winners.

A little explanation of the speedway.

A display of one of the old pit areas, complete with tools, a racing suit and an old car as it would have been found back in the day.

A huge sterling silver trophy from the initial 1909 race. The trophy stands eight feet tall and weighs 500 pounds. At today's price of silver, the trophy would be worth $140,000!

They even have a replica of a race car for people to get into. It's a tight fit but I made it. I don't think I would be willing to drive 500 miles in this thing but am proud that I could get in and better yet, get out of it.

A large collection of motorcycles including Harley Davidson, Indian and a three wheel cycle named Bollee that was built in France and set a world speed record in 1896 by traveling 62.137 miles in one hour and fifty eight minutes.

One row of the Indy winners. I believe these from the 1970's-1980's

Another row of Indy winners from the 1950's-1960's. Note the drastic difference in body style.

It was a nice day at the museum. We rode into downtown Indianapolis after the museum tour and Mack pointed out some of the interesting buildings including the state capitol, Lucas Oil stadium and others.

Stay tuned for more adventures in Indianapolis.

So long.

1 comment:

Barbara said...

I like that new yard sign!

Congrats on your picture in the race car. I would never even have TRIED to get in or out of that!