Indy Cars 1911-1939



by Karl Ludvigsen, Great Racers From The Crucible Of Speed, Ludvigsen Library Series. Soft cover, 125 pages, 119 pictures. When a group of Indianapolis businessmen built a 2 1/2 mile track and decided to stage a 500 mile race in 1911 it was an epic undertaking with a huge purse for the times that drew racers from Europe as well as America. Delage, Peugeot, Ballot and Mercedes cars came to wind dollars and inspire America's racing-car builders, Harry Miller and the Duesenberg brothers. Soon these native talents came to dominate the race, introducing supercharging and front-wheel drive with great success in the 1920's and 16-cylinder engines in the 1930's. Book covers racers through the 1930's, completing the Series' sweeping panorama of the cars that raced in the "500" from 1911 to the end of the 1970's. Many rare photos.

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