Current Exhibits

November 10, 2020 UPDATE: Unfortunately, due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases, and out of an abundance of caution for our staff and visitors, the IMS Museum is closed, at least until Friday, Nov. 27 (Black Friday). We will provide updates the week of Thanksgiving. We’re sorry for any inconvenience and are grateful for your ongoing support and understanding.

“Granatelli: Larger Than Life presented by O’Donovan & McCardel Wealth Management of Raymond James” chronicles the life and legacy of Andy Granatelli, the marketing wizard who turned STP Oil Treatment into a globally-recognized brand, brought some of the most technologically-daring and breathtaking race cars to the Indianapolis 500 as a car owner in the 1960s, and after years of heartbreak, won the “500” in 1969 with Mario Andretti.

The Granatelli brothers were a true rags-to-riches, “American dream” story. Andy, his older brother, Joe, and younger sibling, Vince, grew up in a tough Chicago neighborhood, yet the trio were automotive entrepreneurs before their teenage years, and they would eventually develop a corporate empire through their love of performance vehicles. Andy, always the promoter, rubbed elbows with A-list celebrities and personally elevated the status of the Indianapolis 500 while promoting his own brands.

“Granatelli: Larger Than Life presented by O’Donovan & McCardel Wealth Management of Raymond James” will occupy the North Hall and Gallery at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum until June 20, 2021.

From the Vault presented by Bank of America features rare and significant pieces from the IMS Museum collection. This exhibit provides a glimpse into the incredible automotive and motorsports treasures in our diverse collection, including rare or one-of-a-kind race cars, automobiles, trophies, artwork, and artifacts. Each item has a truly unique story about the Indianapolis Motor Speedway or our worldwide passion for racing and automobiles.

A few From the Vault features include:

The 1964 Ferrari 250 LM – the last Ferrari to score overall victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, in 1965, and the 1966 Ford GT40 No. 4, driven by Mark Donohue and Paul Hawkins at Le Mans in 1966. The car was part of Ford Motor Company’s successful challenge to Ferrari, chronicled in the blockbuster film Ford v Ferrari.

– A host of historically significant open-wheel race cars: a 1906 FIAT, the 1957 winner of “Race of Two Worlds” at Monza, Janet Guthrie’s 1978 Wildcat Indy car, and the fastest car in Indianapolis 500 history: Arie Luyendyk’s 1996 track record-setting Reynard.

– Original paintings by renown motorsports artists, on display in the IMS Museum Gallery.

– Pop culture artifacts and priceless trophies, such as the majestic Wheeler-Schebler Trophy and incredible works from the Rudolf Caracciola pre-World War II Grand Prix collection.

Vehicles displayed in the exhibit are available for adoption. Adoptees may choose from the list of storied vehicles in the exhibit, and each adoptee is publicly recognized for their contribution and receives a host of perks. To learn more and see the list of available cars, please scroll down the page.

Adopt-an-Exhibit

The treasured vehicles and artifacts showcased in From the Vault presented by Bank of America are all part of the IMS Museum’s permanent collection, including a selection of one-of-a-kind motorsports gems normally stored in the Museum’s basement. By participating in “Adopt-an-Exhibit,” you will help us cover some of the costs associated with getting each of these vehicles prepped and ready for public exhibit. Your support also helps fund regular maintenance, which is critical to extending the life of our collection.

Ferrari 250 LM

ADOPTED BY:

Franchon M. Smithson

 Mercedes-Benz W196

$2,000

Corvette SS

ADOPTED BY:

Robert Hillis
Direct Supply Technology

Ferrari 375

$2,000

Ford GT40 Mk II

ADOPTED BY:

Stephen Randall

Byrd’s Cafeteria
Bryant Heating Reynard 94I

ADOPTED BY:

Stephen Hatfield
In Honor of Matthew Hatfield

 Indian Motorcycle

$2,000

 Mercedes-Benz
Type S

$2,000

Texaco-Havoline Lola

ADOPTED BY:

Stephen Hatfield
In Honor of Abel King

 Sampson “V16” Special

ADOPTED BY:

Greg Davis
In memory of Sam Hanks and
Reynold MacDonald

 Novi Grooved Piston Special

ADOPTED BY:

Phil and Judy Gumpert

 Firestone Test Car

ADOPTED BY:

Wm. and Amy LaDow
In honor of Raymond Nichels

Dean Van Lines Special

ADOPTED BY:

James H. and Joan Voyles

Gulf Miller

$750

Fosters/Quaker State
Porsche March 90P

ADOPTED BY:

Tom Wood Porsche

Italia Grand Prix

$750

Dowgard Special

ADOPTED BY:

William and Thomas Grimes
In memory of Leonard K. Grimes

 Chevrolet Panel Van

ADOPTED BY:

Janay Martin

 Ford Econoline Van

$1,000

Norton Penske PC7

$750

Jose Johnson Special Eagle

ADOPTED BY:

Mike and Kathy Anderson

Buick Lola

$750

Dodge Viper Pace Car

ADOPTED BY:

Jeremiah and Amy Doner