Penske-Mercedes PC23 (1994), Goodwood Festival of Speed, 2011

Indianapolis 500 centenary celebration at Goodwood

Goodwood Festival of SpeedPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Dozens of different IndyCars were assembled at Goodwood to mark the centenary of the Indianapolis 500.

The field included the winner of the first-ever Indianapolis 500, the 1911 Marmon ‘Wasp’ with a 9.8-litre, six-cylinder engine.

Among the cars from the 1950s were some raced by F1 drivers at the time when the race counted towards the world championship: such as Ferrari’s 375 raced by Alberto Ascari.

The 1957 Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser ‘Dayton Steel Foundry Special’ bears the legend “Driver: Juan Fangio” on its flanks.

Josh Hill drove a replica of the Lola-Ford raced to victory by his grandfather Graham Hill in 1966.

Some of the more eccentric machines to compete at Indianapolis also appeared. The Duesenberg ‘Cummins Diesel Special’ completed the 500-mile race in 1931 without making a single pit stop, finishing 13th.

Smokey Yunick’s 1964 ‘Hurst Floor Shifter Special’ looks more like a motorcycle and sidecar than an IndyCar, with the driver sitting in a pod to the left of the main body.

Among the more up-to-date cars were Penskes and Marches from the eighties and nineties, including Adrian Newey’s March 86C of 1986.

Unfortunately the 1994 race-winning Penske PC23 was crashed while be driven by engine designer Mario Illien. See a picture of the damaged car below.

It was driven by former F1 champion and Indianapolis 500 winner Emerson Fittipaldi earlier in the weekend.

Reigning IndyCar champion and two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti, team mate Scott Dixon and this year’s Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon were among those driving the cars.

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20 comments on “Indianapolis 500 centenary celebration at Goodwood”

  1. DeadManWoking
    3rd July 2011, 23:46

    A big thanks for all the great photos you’ve taken and posted from Goodwood Keith, I especially like all the detail shots. I’ve felt like a kid in a candy store all weekend. The Festival is definitely on my Bucket List for whenever I finally make it across the big pond.

    1. You’re welcome!

      Got one more batch to come later.

    2. I feel very much the same. Love those Indy cars (possibly except the Dallara) of all ages.
      Only thing better would be to go myself!

  2. I have to say I’m not a big fan of Indy, oval racing isn’t something I understand even on a basic level, but looking at some of those cars gives me the same buzz that looking at old F1 cars gives me. You get a sense that they were designed with imagination and panache that is unfortunately missing in modern day indycars, and F1 to an extent, given the tight regulations, although occasionally something interesting slips through the net.

    What happened to the Penske by the way?

    1. DeadManWoking
      4th July 2011, 0:40

      Mario Illien (of Ilmor) put it in the haybales.

      He was unhurt.

      1. Pretty strong hay bales, though!

    2. Hi George…be it Indy or Nascar, I still prefer their road course races to their oval races because to me real cars turn both left and right, so why should race cars only turn left? But on a basic level at least the oval races allow the fans to see all the action all the time rather than just a few cars at a time at a few corners, based on where one’s seats are…

      Another basic factor with ovals is that while one is viewing everything all at once no matter where one’s seats are, the cars are also being viewed at practically top speeds at all times, which is quite fascinating. Drafting, high speed cornering, letting off the gas just a little from the straightaway…that takes huge bravery…not that F1 doesn’t…

      1. And to add to Robbie’s excellent comments on oval racing.

        Sponsors love the ovals because they’re logos are seen more and TV networks like to televise Oval racing because is much easier to do, dont need as many camera’s scattered around the track for an oval race.

  3. It is quite cool as you can see, early on the cars are very smiler to the F1 cars of the time, but at one point they kinda start to branch in a different direction.

    I never thought about it like that.

    1. The Indy 500 used to count for part of the WDC, although few F1 regulars competed.

    2. I never thought about it like that.

      Neither did I.

    3. @Mike The beauty of evolution.

  4. O.o, 9.8 Liter Inline 6, that thing must sound wicked! And many thanks from me as well for the photos Keith because I don’t know where else to get such great quality images.

  5. the Panoz and the Penske are both such beautiful cars.. wish the new indycar’s were made to that design!

  6. The 80s/90s IndyCars were the most beautiful single-seaters ever created!!

    Those 1981 and 1990 Penskes – OMG!!

    All of those IndyCars look way ahead of their F1 peers in terms of looks.

    1. Strange, because those cars were inspired by the F1 cars of the time, but obviously the rules were open to interesting interpretations.

    2. Agree 100% with Damon about the look of the 80’s and 90’s indy cars. Hopefully the new indy cars will be much more appealing. The main reason I preferred Champ Car to Indy car was the fact the Champ cars just looked more powerful and muscular, which they were.

      Current indy cars look like a 2×4 with one end thats been stuck in a pencil sharpener

  7. the latest dallara is the IR-05 :D

  8. Wow, that Hurst Floor Shifter Special is probably the most unique racing the car the world has ever seen, beating the like of the Tyrrel P23 and the Brabham fan car.

    For those interested you can find more about this unique but not successful car here:

  9. The very old ones look absolutely fantastic. Such a rich history.

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