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A BIG HOOSIER HURRY
May 30, 1966
MEMORIAL DAY BRINGS A MOST SPECIAL INDIANAPOLIS 500-MILE RACE—THE 50TH—AND THE CLIMAX OF A MONTH-LONG PAGEANT CONTAINING A THOUSAND VIVID ELEMENTS. THE INDIANAPOLIS SCENE IS QUINTESSENTIALLY ONE OF MOVEMENT, FROM THE STARTER'S FLOURISH OF A GREEN FLAG (OPPOSITE), SENDING A DRIVER ON A QUALIFYING RUN, TO THE SWIFT MOMENTUM OF THE RACE ITSELF. TURN THE PAGE FOR A SAMPLER OF THAT HOOSIER HURRY, AND THE STORY OF A YOUNG DRIVER'S MOVE TOWARD STARDOM.
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May 30, 1966

A Big Hoosier Hurry

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MEMORIAL DAY BRINGS A MOST SPECIAL INDIANAPOLIS 500-MILE RACE—THE 50TH—AND THE CLIMAX OF A MONTH-LONG PAGEANT CONTAINING A THOUSAND VIVID ELEMENTS. THE INDIANAPOLIS SCENE IS QUINTESSENTIALLY ONE OF MOVEMENT, FROM THE STARTER'S FLOURISH OF A GREEN FLAG (OPPOSITE), SENDING A DRIVER ON A QUALIFYING RUN, TO THE SWIFT MOMENTUM OF THE RACE ITSELF. TURN THE PAGE FOR A SAMPLER OF THAT HOOSIER HURRY, AND THE STORY OF A YOUNG DRIVER'S MOVE TOWARD STARDOM.

THE INDY HUSTLE IS REFLECTED IN BURSTS OF COLOR: A MOTORCYCLIST SPEEDING TO TOWN FOR THE RACE; CHECKERED FLAGS WAVING FROM OVERLOADED, PAINTED-UP CARS IN THE PARTY LINE THAT WAITS ALL NIGHT LONG BEFORE THE RACE ON 16TH STREET OUTSIDE THE SPEEDWAY; AND INSIDE, IN GASOLINE ALLEY (LEFT), MECHANICS TOILING NIGHTLY WITH URGENT DELICACY IN A TENSE WORLD INSULATED FROM THE SWINGING PARTY AROUND IT BY THE EXCEPTIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF SPEED.

ON 500 DAY PURDUE'S GOLDEN GIRL LEADS THE UNIVERSITY'S BAND ALONG THE SPEEDWAY HOMESTRETCH. THEN, AFTER CEREMONIAL BOMB BURSTS AND AN UPWARD RUSH OF BRIGHT BALLOONS, THE RACE BEGINS. THE ACTION SUDDENLY BECOMES SERIOUS AND SOBER AS 33 MEN, LIKE YOUNG MICKEY RUPP AT RIGHT, ROLL OUT ON THE RUN FOR MONEY AND GLORY AND A KISS FROM THE COMELY INDIANAPOLIS FESTIVAL QUEEN.

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