Museum Welcomes Indy 500 Exhibit

By June 8, 2016February 18th, 2021No Comments

Duntov's Corvette SSAt the Indianapolis 500, Chevy runs real deep, and it always has. Louis Chevrolet won at the Speedway even before there was a 500-mile race. Smokey Yunick, Jim Rathmann, Mark Donohue, A.J. Foyt, the Andretti family, Roger Penske… all are legendary figures at Indianapolis, and all are heroes to Chevrolet racing fans.

The National Corvette Museum is hosting a salute to the Indy 500, presented by Intercity Lines, Inc., featuring cars, memorabilia, videos, bits of Indy history and more which pay homage to the iconic racers’ handiwork. See priceless cars from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, including Smokey Yunick’s sidecar, the 1972 Mark Donohoe winning car and Duntov’s SS. Among a wealth of other treasures, found practically on the Museum’s doorstep are four cars on loan from Bill Akin of Hermitage, TN. As examples of the ‘40s and ‘50s Indy machinery, there are none more compelling.

Even closer to home is an enthusiast known by many in racing circles as the ‘quilt lady’ of the Indy 500. Jeanetta Holder of Alvaton, KY has been presenting the Indy 500 winners with her hand-made quilts since 1976, and is even given access to the Winner’s Circle to provide her gift in person. On display is the quilt she just completed for Alex Rossi, winner of the 100th Indy 500. Ms. Holder’s work is not only in the hands of the winning drivers, but she also has many celebrity customers including General Norman Schwarzkopf, John Ritter and Lee Greenwood.

The 12-car display is located in the Museum’s Exhibit Hall and runs June 10 – October 14, 2016 and is included with regular admission. The Museum is located at I-65 exit 28 in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Check out more details on our Exhibit page here.