IMS Museum Celebrating Hoosier Cars

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(photo courtesy Indianapolis Motor Speedway) (photo courtesy Indianapolis Motor Speedway)
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An exhibit titled “Indiana Automobiles: Precision Over Production” will debut Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum. The exhibit, which runs through March, will feature more than 35 Hoosier-built passenger cars, some of which have never before been displayed, according to Indiana Landmarks.

Automakers such as Stutz, Duesenberg and Studebaker are featured in the exhibit, as well as several Indiana-build race cars. Among them are IMS founder Carl Fisher's 1905 Premier.

"This exhibit focuses on Indiana’s early, widespread automotive industry, which spurred the development of acres of farmland into the world’s largest sporting facility," said Betsy Smith, executive director of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Foundation. "Lessons learned at ‘The Greatest Race Course in the World’ made their way into these outstanding passenger cars, which offered enhanced performance and safety."

In addition to the major renovations taking place at the Speedway itself, the museum has undergone a changes, including the unveiling of new space overlooking the infield that will allow more of the historic collection to be displayed. Indiana Landmarks says the museum is also bringing interactive exhibits to the gallery, allowing visitors to use touch-screen tablets in order to learn more about the vehicles on display.

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