Vintage Indy 500
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The Indianapolis 500 is an automobile race held annually at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana, an enclave suburb of Indianapolis, Indiana. The event is held over Memorial Day (originally Decoration Day) weekend, which is typically the last weekend in May. The event, billed as The Greatest Spectacle in Racing, is considered part of the Triple Crown of Motorsport, which comprises three of the most prestigious motorsports events in the world.
Ray Harroun was nicknamed the "Little Professor" for his pioneering work of creating the Marmon Wasp, which was a revolutionary design being the first open-wheel single-seater racecar. Harroun is best known for winning the first running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on May 30, 1911. From 1909 to 1911, Harroun drove primarily for the team operated by Indianapolis based auto maker, Marmon.
Joe Dawson competed in the Indianapolis 500 race three times, beginning in 1911 when he drove a Marmon to a fifth-place finish. The following year, now driving for National Motor Vehicle Company based in Indianapolis, Indiana, Dawson won after Ralph De Palma, who had led for 196 laps of the 200 lap race, dropped out with a mechanical failure. At age 22 years and 323 days, Dawson stood as the youngest winner of the "500" until Troy Ruttman won the 1952 Indianapolis 500 at age 22 years and 86 days.
Jules Goux was a Grand Prix motor racing champion and the first Frenchman, and the first European, to win the Indianapolis 500. In 1913 he travelled with the Peugeot Automobile team to the United States to compete in the Indianapolis 500 race (then known as the International 500-Mile Sweepstakes Race). Goux won the race, he reportedly consumed four bottles of champagne while driving in the Indy 500 and was later quoted as saying "Without the good wine I would not have won the race".
For this build I focused on the the following structures namely the grandstand, the garage, the pagoda and the racecars. I used two 32 x 32 plates with the challenge of incorporating all the structures within the said plates.
For the Grandstand I tried to replicate the look and the feel based on old photographs I found on the net. Added elements like banners for contrast and the cat for dynamic effect.
For the Pagoda I scaled it down and put it on top of the garage. Put a mini trophy room on its base, announcers station on the 2nd tier, while the third tier can be used for the announcer speakers.
For the Garage I tried to replicate the look of what I think an old speedway garage in that era would look like, as actual photographs such places are hard to find.
For the Racecars I tried to get the general shape right though still taking into account the simplicity of the build. Made all the vehicles single seats ,though in reality the National and the Peugeot have twin seats.
Other details added are the starting tower, the winner's circle and the INDY500 logo marker.
Simplicity and Playability.
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