Time Trials for First Indianapolis 500

These items were published in the Indianapolis News on May 26, 1911 and reported on the time trials for the first Indianapolis 500, which required machines to attain a speed of 75 mph down a section of the front stretch of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Also, there is a nice profile of what the paper called "The Blue Squadron," or Johnny Aitken, Charlie Merz and Howdy Wilcox who were the drivers for Arthur C. Newby's Indianapolis-based National Motor Vehicle Company team. Yes, the cars were painted a dark blue - how did you guess?

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