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Ray Harroun in the Henderson Motor Car entry at California State Capitol in Sacramento
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June 17, 2013

Twenty Indiana-built cars and trucks plus almost 100 people gathered around the south side of University Park for the departure of Indiana Automobile Manufacturers’ Association Indiana-Pacific Tour on July 1, 1913.  At that time, the IAMA Tour was one of […]

Lexington Motor Sales

Indianapolis Auto Row Part 3

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June 3, 2013, 6 Comments

In two previous installments (found here and here), I’ve talked about the early Indianapolis’ Auto Row along Capitol Avenue.  But that is only pa ...

Carl G. Fisher

Thank you Carl Fisher and James Allison

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May 20, 2013, 8 Comments

With the 2013 Indianapolis 500 Mile Race celebrating its 102nd anniversary, I believe Indianapolis residents owe a thank you to Speedway founders Carl ...

Cadillac Co. of Indiana

Indianapolis Auto Row Part 2

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May 6, 2013, 4 Comments

In the early 1910’s, the 10-block area along North Capitol Avenue in Indianapolis became the home to several segments of the auto industry. If y ...

  • FisherMansion in 2005
    Revamped Fisher Mansion on Marian Campus
    April 22, 2013, 3 Comments

    It’s no surprise that the extravagant entrepreneur Carl G. Fisher also had an luxurious home.     In late 1909 or early 1910, Fisher and his wife Jane purchased the old 20-acre homestead that they renovated and adapted to their lif ...

  • Auto Manufacturers Rescue Flood Victims
    April 8, 2013, 3 Comments

    During the 1913 spring floods in the Midwest, Indianapolis auto manufacturers worked to rescue flood victims. The downpour started on Easter Sunday, March 23, 1913.  By mid-week many parts of Indianapolis were stranded by the swollen White ...

  • Fisher Automobile Company 1909
    Indianapolis Auto Row Begins
    March 25, 2013, 8 Comments

    With all the construction on the block bounded by Vermont Street, Capitol Avenue, Michigan Street, and Senate Avenue, I thought it would be a great time to take a look at how this block was the genesis of Indianapolis Auto […]

  • Indianapolis Auto Show 3-18-1907
    First Indianapolis Auto Shows Draws 1,000’s
    March 11, 2013, 20 Comments

    The First Indianapolis Auto Shows were open air affairs.  There was no building in the city large enough for an enclosed show, therefore, the dealers arranged for openings on a large scale in the downtown business district. The first show ...

  • Carl G. Fisher
    Indianapolis’ Early Automotive Roots
    February 25, 2013, 4 Comments

    The story of Indianapolis’ early automotive heritage begins a little over 120 years ago.  It actually started with bicycling. In the summer of 1890, 16 year-old Carl G. Fisher and a dozen or so like-minded young cycling enthusiasts forme ...

  • Duesenberg Building 1 in 1970, Courtesy of the Historic American Buildings Survey
    Duesenberg site lives on
    February 11, 2013, 8 Comments

    Prior to moving to Indianapolis, the Duesenberg brothers—Fred and August—built extremely high-quality and advanced engines and automobiles.  Part of their reason for moving to Indianapolis was to return to their racing roots and be nea ...