This year marks the 60th anniversary of
Bell Helmets. Turn to page 96 for the history
of this legendary brand. Then check out
RACER.com for a series of fascinating Dan
Gurney (LEFT) videos presented by Bell.
In June, the Brickyard will
once more echo to the sounds of
racecars from its 100-year past.
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Spotlight on the heart and soul
of sports car racing
SVRA’s Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational
will be awash with legendary cars and drivers
Following hot on the heels of IndyCar’s
inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis and
the 98th running of the Indy 500 will
be the first Sportscar Vintage Road
Racing Association event at Indianapolis
Motor Speedway, June 6-8.
SVRA President and CEO Tony Parella
said, “We’re confident that the incredible
heritage and location of the Speedway
will make the Brickyard Vintage Racing
Invitational the largest vintage event ever
held in the United States.”
Parella first contacted the Speedway
with the idea in June 2012, three months
before he closed the deal to buy the SVRA.
“I don’t think anything could beat
Goodwood in terms of how they produce
their events,” said Parella, “but there was
one place that could put on an American
version, and that’s the Speedway. It has
The event will feature an oval track
reunion and exhibition, as well as racing
on the 2.439-mile Indy road course.
Fans will have “open access to the
paddock, racecars and drivers.”
Tickets are exceptional
value, with three-day
general admission at
$40, and individual
days at $15/$20/$25
Children under 12
get in free. Tickets can
be ordered from
TONY PARELLA of SVRA
What are the oldest and newest
cars you have attending?
A 1908 Locomotive that won a
sprint race at Indy in 1910 and took
part in the first “500” in 1911, and a
2008 Daytona Prototype. So we
have a century of racing covered!
I assume it’s been oversubscribed…
Yes, we had over 1,200 requests, but
we’ve drawn the line at around 700.
Who are some of the stars there?
Al Unser Jr., Bobby Unser – driving
his 1981 Indy-winning Penske! –
Robby Unser, Scott Goodyear, Willy
T. Ribbs, Johnny Parsons Jr., Geoff
Brabham, Lyn St. James, Rocky
Moran, Eliseo Salazar, Dick Simon,
Spike Gehlhausen, Alex Lloyd, Mark
Dismore, Rick Treadway, and more.
What’s been your coolest coup?
Parnelli Jones is grand marshal for
the Pro-Am race,
and he’ll give
from the driving
seat of the pace
car – his 1969