• Jul 20, 2007
The Jalopy Journal has done the blogosphere a great service today by pointing us to a fabulous video showing 30 minutes of color footage taken during the 1941 Indy 500 festivities. Normally, we bitch about music tracks being laid over car videos, but the jaunty, period-correct soundtrack applied to this one is just right. We also included a second video featuring a pair of newsreels on the race itself. You'll see the massive garage fire and a fair amount of on-track action in those as well. As the narrator says, this was the last Indy 500 before the attack on Pearl Harbor brought us into World War II. Absolutely great stuff all around, and the color footage is a real treasure. Follow the jump to watch both.

UPDATE: Great companion site to go with the videos here. Includes many still photos and transcriptions/summaries of news articles covering the race.

[Source: The Jalopy Journal]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      Great video - the music is appropriate for the period, I guess, but I would have liked to have heard more of those Offys in their natural habitat. A Novi would be even better.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Gads! Great footage, and the music is... MUSIC!!!! Love it!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Great video, gave me some flash backs to watching my dad race modified model B's and 1930's coupes at the now defunct local speedway in Kingston Ontario back in the 60's. It was real crude but fun, guys would build a car in their garage or in our case the barn and hook up a tow bar to your car and take it to the races. I can still see the pit lane, everyone reving their engines and doing last minute checks and I still have a sensory memory of what the exhaust smelled like from the cars going by the bleechers. I still have newspaper clippings and a couple trophies of my dads wins. He would put on a helmet and a brown leather jacket and have at it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      # 35 is the gulf miller special driven by George Barringer. This car would catch on fire while being filled with gas the morning of the race.

      #1 in the Bowes seal special is Rex Mays. He would finish 2nd.

      #2 is 3 time winner Wilbur Shaw. He would be on the way to his 4th win until a faulty tire blew out.

      #3 is eventual winner Mauri Rose driving his small 6 block Maserati. His car would break down and he would relieve Floyd Davis in #16 for the win.

      #4 is Ted Horn. He would start 28th and finish 3rd.