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The 2012 Vintage and Historic Car Show during the Celebration of Automobiles will feature 200 vehicles from 1920-70 in two classes of competition. Vehicles on display Saturday, May 12 around the Pagoda Plaza area will include winners from prestigious Concours competitions at Pebble Beach and Amelia Island.

Cars built by manufacturers competing in the Indianapolis 500 from 1920-70 will compete in one class, while the other class includes vintage machines produced by all other manufacturers during this fascinating 50-year span of automotive evolution. The two classes will create the greatest show on wheels for automotive enthusiasts of all ages.

Competing in the Indianapolis 500 division will be cars from such marques as Alfa-Romeo, Auburn, Bentley, Bugatti, Buick, Chrysler, Dodge,

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Duesenberg, Ferrari, Fiat, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, Stutz and many more. Special tribute will be paid to passenger cars from Chevrolet, Honda and Lotus, the three engine manufacturers participating in the IZOD IndyCar Series and Indianapolis 500 starting in 2012.

Question-and-answer sessions with vehicle owners and legendary Indianapolis 500 winners will take place throughout the day.

A panel of judges, including classic/vintage car experts, past Indianapolis 500 winners and other auto racing legends, will evaluate each car in an automotive beauty competition. Awards in various categories will be presented at a gala dinner Saturday evening featuring 15-time Indianapolis 500-winning team owner Roger Penske, open to participants and a select number of public enthusiasts. Question-and-answer sessions with legendary Indianapolis 500 drivers and IMS Historian Donald Davidson and other activities also will be a highlight of the elegant dinner.

Winning cars and other vehicles of distinction will be displayed and take a special lap of honor around the IMS oval Sunday, May 13.

The 2012 Vintage and Historic Car Show will start with a golf event Thursday, May 10 at the championship-caliber Brickyard Crossing Golf Course at IMS, an 18-hole layout designed by Pete Dye that includes four holes inside the famous IMS oval.

Event registration will take place Friday, May 11 and includes a new Welcome Reception at the world-renowned IMS Hall of Fame Museum and a track lap for participants.

Vintage and Historic Car Show participants also will enjoy exclusive, elegant hospitality throughout the weekend at the Owners’ Lounge adjacent to the Pagoda Plaza at IMS.



1938 Bugatti 57C

***2012 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance Best of Show Winner

An award-winning 1938 Bugatti 57C owned by Bill Johnston and Ron Elenbaas of the Off Brothers Collection in Richland, Mich., will appear for the first time at the second annual Celebration of Automobiles.

Purchased by Johnston and Elenbaas at the 2006 Gooding Auction at Pebble Beach, Calif., the Off Brothers’ 1938 Bugatti 57C emerged showroom-new in 2009 after a two-year restoration. The car made its competitive debut at the famed Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 2011, where it placed third in the J-3 European Classic 1938-1939 Class. The Bugatti also was named Best Of Show in 2011 at the prestigious Glenmoore Gathering in Canton, Ohio.

The Off Brothers’ 1938 Bugatti 57C will be one of the most unique vehicles on display during the Celebration of Automobiles. Matt Zuidema, the shop manager for the Off Brothers Collection, said the car’s exterior will capture fans’ eyes.

“It’s the overall body style on it that really makes it unique,” Zuidema said. “The interior has hand-tooled leather and the engine looks like a jewel, but mainly the body of it is what makes it so unique compared to all the other ones.”
The distinctive Bugatti and other vintage cars also will be put into motion at IMS. Celebration of Automobiles participants can take their cars for a drive on the famed 2.5-mile oval Friday, May 11.

“That’s one of the things we pride ourselves in, that these cars are driven by the owners,” Zuidema said. “So when we have a car done, we always make sure that it’s road-worthy and ready. So we’ll definitely take the opportunity to zoom it around the track. That’s what the cars are made for, and that’s what we do.”


1933 Packard 1002

An award-winning 1933 Packard 1002 owned by Robert Jacko of West Lafayette, Ind., will appear at the second annual Celebration of Automobiles on Saturday, May 12 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This will be Jacko’s first year entering a vehicle in the Celebration of Automobiles. Jacko, who also owns a 1940 Packard Coupe, attended the inaugural Celebration of Automobiles in 2011.

“I generally go to shows with just Packards, but at the Speedway I saw Marmons, Pierce-Arrows and all kinds of cars, so it was a lot of fun,” he said. “It was very nice, no question about it, and the quality of the cars was amazing.”

When it rolled off the assembly line in 1933, Jacko’s five-passenger Packard included a number of innovative features, such as variable shock absorbers, power brakes, wire tires and a dual-coil ignition system. In recent years, his prized automobile earned third-place honors at three consecutive national Packard Automobile Club Conventions.

A longtime Packard enthusiast, Jacko is a civil engineering professor at Purdue University. He purchased his Packard 1002 sedan from a captain who ran ore ships on Lake Michigan. By the time he acquired the car, its upholstery and exterior had been refurbished, but it needed considerable work before the vehicle would be ready to compete at classic car shows.

“Everything else was original, and the engine was leaking when I bought it,” Jacko said. “I’ve done all new wiring, I’ve worked on all the mechanicals, and last summer I drove it a couple hundred miles during our Packard annual meet. It runs pretty good, but it’s still a work in progress. I enjoy doing a lot of the work myself.”