Why Come to the Celebration of Automobiles at IMS?

What more appropriate place could there be to host one of the world’s finest Vintage and Historic car shows than the Racing Capital of the World, the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway?

That idea is what inspired organizers to host the inaugural IMS Celebration of Automobiles in 2011 as part of the festivities commemorating the 100th Anniversary Indianapolis 500, and in just two years the event has become a popular fan favorite and one of the great Month of May traditions at the Speedway.

A Vintage and Historic Car Show featuring some of the most beautiful and rare cars from 1910-70 with a spotlight on European marques and Brass Era cars, will be the focal point of the 2013 Celebration of Automobiles. New additions to the show are the inclusion of classes for open-wheel race cars from 1910-70, Official 500 Accessory Vehicles (pace cars), and unrestored cars.

An Emerging Tech Showcase will be incorporated into the event for the third consecutive year. In addition, the popular Automobile Festival, which made its debut at last year’s Celebration of Automobiles, will return featuring hundreds of current and late model vehicles.

The third annual Celebration of Automobiles, scheduled for May 9-11, 2013 at IMS, will feature an outstanding lineup of events that continues to pay tribute to the rich heritage of automotive development at the track for more than 100 years.

Celebration of Automobiles judging and the first day of the Automobile Festival will take place on Opening Day for the 97th Indianapolis 500 on Saturday, May 11, with all cars on display from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. The day includes the IZOD IndyCar Series drivers and cars participating in the first practice session for the 97th Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 26.

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, open to participants and a select number of public enthusiasts. A select group of legendary Indianapolis 500 winners will participate in a lively conversation that night led by IMS Historian Donald Davidson.

The Celebration of Automobiles will conclude on Sunday, May 13 with the continuation of the Automobile Festival and the Emerging Tech Showcase demonstrating the future of automobile sustainability and the Purdue Collegiate evGrand Prix.

We look forward to seeing in May at the 2013 Celebration of Automobiles at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway!