I intended to post this car yesterday for Memorial Day, but after being gone all weekend at the 500, I needed to focus my attention on my family. By the time the kids went to bed, I just had to pass out. So, here it is.

Before this year’s 100th running of the Indy 500, they did several tributes to the armed forces. There was a group of survivors from Pearl Harbor sitting in the front row, a bald eagle flew down from the roof over the seats in turn 1 onto the track, and a bunch more. All these tributes got me thinking about my grandfather. It dawned on me that when my grandfather was my age (almost 35), he was in the middle of fighting in the Battle of the Bulge under the command of General Patton. Then a children’s choir started singing “God Bless America,” and I started crying.

The reason I told you all that, is this diecast belonged to my grandfather. He actually didn’t collect diecasts, he only owned this one, but he loved the Indy 500. He grew up in Indianapolis, and when he was five years old attended the fifth running of the Indy 500. He didn’t really follow racing as a whole, but worked in the oil and gas industry for 70 (yes 70!) years, and always loved the 500. For my 16th birthday, he got me an early birthday present of two scalped tickets to the race. A family friend, who had done a bit of amateur racing at Road America, took me in his ‘93 Taurus SHO. Unfortunately that was 1997, which was a double rain-out. We saw no racing on Sunday, and 11 whole laps on Monday. We couldn’t stay for Tuesday, but I’ve never missed a 500 since.

This is a 1:18 model made by Carousel of the Offy engined roadster that AJ Foyt won the 1964 Indy 500 in. It’s a really well made and greatly detailed model. Unfortunately it was once dropped by my grandparent’s cleaning ladies. The now missing dust cover took most of the hit, but if you look closely you can see the rear bumper broke off, as well as the side tank that I assume is an oil tank. You can also see that the exhaust pipe isn’t quite the right shape.

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Check out that interior. All business!

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Dig that 4-cylinder Offenhauser. It’s amazing how long this engine dominated Indy.

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The undercarriage has a bit of detail too.

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It occurred to me that the first diecast with a story I posted was also an Indy car. I guess you could say that the Indy 500 is pretty important to me.