50 days to Indy

It’s been a while since the fearless leader of this blog has made a post. Between a real job of 70 hours and being out sick for 8 days on end puts a damper on the writing.

But all is well in the Boneless Chicken household once again and we are back on our feet.

Our Indy tickets shipped this week, means it’s official and it feels real that Memorial Day the boys will be in Indianapolis to take in the 100th running of the Indy 500. An even t we watched every year on TV, my older brother screaming Bobby Hall for Bobby Rahal, I guess it’s only fitting I became a fan of Graham Rahal, not only because of his sponsorship with Steak and Shake, but because like the Andretti’s he comes from a family of legends. Kind of like me, my dad is a legend at Waterford Hills for his clean racing and his ITB championship, not on the same level as the Rahal and Andretti’s but I still respect him for building three race cars in his home garage.

Which brings me to the main reason for this entry. It’s 50 days till we roll out, but I started thinking about racing the way it used to be.I took off East towards Detroit about 40 miles from home. On a snowy April morning (yes that’s right some parts of the country are stuck in winter) and at this rate Indy will be cold.

Walking around the Henry Ford today I got a sense of nostalgia, especially seeing the Jerry Unser USAC rig.

Back in the day racing was not the fancy rigs of today. The grassroots guys who started NASCAR, Indy, and NHRA hauled the cars on open deck trailers. Just the way dad did, a race car on a simple open deck trailer behind a Chevy Astro van. Family as your crew and supporters.

The Henry Ford houses a few Indy legends, nothing like the Indy museum, but a few nice examples of what Indy racing used to be. Two examples from the pre Indy sanctioned days where roadsters ran both USAC and the Indy 500, my favorite era of Indy racing.And then a later 80s example. One example the Texaco Star from Indy was gaining speed, and an early ford speedster from the 30s-40s which is some of the earliest races at Indy. Long before the 100th running was even thought about. Who knew back then that this sport would gain one of the biggest names in racing and garner the most fan support for the drivers. I know I’ll be walking around in a Steak and Shake Graham shirt at Indy.

In the next few posts we will walk through more of the Henry Ford, which if you are in Detroit is a must visit. It is more than cars, it is walking through history. It’s an experience that is unique to the Motor City.

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