April 14 – October 8, 2018
The 1914 Duesenberg, driven by Eddie Rickenbacker. Photo courtesy of Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.
The crown jewel of American motorsports is coming to Heritage Museums & Gardens! Start Your Engines! Cars and Stars of the Indy 500 will be opening on April 14, 2018 with some of the most renowned cars from this high-octane event.
Since 1911, the Indy 500—a 200-lap, 500-mile endurance race—has captivated fans and created race car legends. Twenty iconic Indy 500 race and pace cars will be on display—from the 1914 Duesenberg driven by Eddie Rickenbacker to the 2016 NAPA winner driven by Alexander Rossi. The exhibit captures all the excitement of the Indy 500, with photos and videos from the races, race equipment worn by the winners, memorabilia, and the sights and sounds of the race. Visitors even have the chance to sit in a real Indy racer as well as enjoy a number of programs and events related to the exhibit.
Start Your Engines! Cars and Stars of the Indy 500 will be located in our Automobile Gallery, which is a reproduction of the Round Stone Barn at Hancock Shaker Village.
Heritage Museums & Gardens extensive collection of antique automobiles will be placed in our storage during this exhibit. Learn more about the cars in our collection here.
If you would like to see them in person, ‘Behind the Scenes Auto Tours’ are also given twice a month in season. During these tours, our curator Jennifer Madden, will give you on an exclusive peek at Heritage’s antique automobile collection in storage. During the tour, Jennifer will share little-known facts and stories. Participants will be admitted to “Employees Only” areas, and will be able to get up close and personal with the cars. Advance registration is recommended as space is limited and these tours often sell out! Dates and times for these tours will be posted in early 2018!