LAGUNA BEACH Calif. (Oct. 13, 2015) – Some of the history of the Indianapolis 500, the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, will be on display in this year’s 28th Annual Performance Racing Industry Trade Show, taking place Dec. 10-12 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Courtesy of the Hall of Fame Museum, located on the grounds of the Speedway, an exhibit of six cars that were raced in the Indy 500 over past decades will provide a dramatic perspective on the evolution of the IndyCar in design and engineering. The museum also will display historic IndyCar motors. In addition, the famed Borg-Warner Trophy will make a one-day appearance on the first day of PRI 2015.
“We’re thrilled to work with the Hall of Fame Museum team to make this special exhibit an important part of the worldwide racing industry’s trade show,” said PRI Trade Show Producer John Kilroy. “The Indianapolis 500 has been at the heart of innovation in the racing world since its inception, and we’re excited to have some of that history on display at PRI, the epicenter of new racing technology, as they close in on the 100th running of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”
Admission to the exhibit, titled, “Evolution Of The IndyCar,” is free of charge. Only attendees and exhibitors with trade show credentials will be admitted. The exhibit will be open all three days of PRI 2015.
“With 2016 being the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, PRI is a great way for racing professionals to be able kick off and share the timeline of racing machines that shaped the Memorial Day weekend classic through the decades,” said Ellen Bireley, director of the Hall of Fame Museum. “We are extremely proud of our collection and happy that attendees from all over the United States and the world will be able to see our cars, take photos, and share their experiences with friends and family. We’re very honored to be included in PRI 2015.”
The late Tony Hulman and Karl Kizer, the Museum’s first director, established a museum in 1956 to display race vehicles and memorabilia, principally associated with the Indianapolis 500 race. During 1975, Hulman built the larger, more modern Museum facility within the Speedway oval. Approximately 75 vehicles are on display at all times, including about 30 winners of the Indy 500.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway also has previously been involved with the PRI Trade Show through the Day at the Speedway program that has been in place since PRI returned to Indianapolis in 2013. Show participants will be able to purchase tickets for a Day at the Speedway, on Wednesday, December 9, where attendees and exhibitors will take a bus to the Speedway, explore the grounds and the Museum, and have lunch at the Brickyard Crossing.
Making its debut in 1936, the Borg-Warner Trophy was first presented to race winner Louis Meyer. Made of 110 pounds of sterling silver, the Borg-Warner Trophy originally cost $10,000 and is currently valued at $3.5 million. The trophy clearly reflects the “art deco” period of its creation during the 1930s, and displays images of the faces of 80 Indianapolis 500 winners.
Approximately 1,200 racing industry suppliers will occupy 3,200 booths, and exhibit the latest developments in auto racing technology. Buyers travel from throughout the U.S. and 70 countries from around the globe. It is the world’s premier trade show for motorsports professionals.
For additional information on the 2015 PRI Trade Show, or hotel and travel information, visit www.pri2015.com.