Monday, May 23, 2016

Back Home Again in Indiana: 11 Things to See or Do en Route to the Indy 500

By meteorological reckoning, the official first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere generally lands in the month of June. Here in the heartland, however, the season kicks off with Memorial Day weekend and the Indianapolis 500. The 100th running of the Indy 500 is scheduled for Sunday, May 29, 2016 (Monday is the rain date). And while the action at the Brickyard offers more than enough incentive for most to make the trip, the Hoosier State also offers numerous automotive and offbeat roadside attractions worthy of a look. To help you plan your trip, we’ve gathered 11 of our favorites here for your consideration.Dallara IndyCar FactoryWorld's Largest Ball of PaintJames Dean's GravesiteWorlds Largest Hi-Lift jackGiant Lady’s-Leg SundialJohn Dillinger MuseumStudebaker National MuseumEarly Ford V-8 Foundation and MuseumAuburn Cord Duesenberg MuseumAddress: Franklin Street, Bloomington Distance from IMS: 55 miles Ask any off-road enthusiast: when the going gets really tough, sometimes the only alternative is to get out and jack it. And when it comes to jacking it, there is no more versatile a tool than the legendary Hi-Lift jack. Capable of performing jacking, winching, pressing, and numerous other duties, the Hi-Lift so impressed one of the company’s suppliers that it bequeathed the manufacturer with a 20-foot-tall version to celebrate its one-hundredth anniversary. On display in front of the Bloomfield Manufacturing Company, Hi-Lift’s parent company, the maxi-jack is constructed of cast iron and weighs 2980 pounds. Make sure to stop by with 4x4 and snap a pic.RV Museum and Hall of Fame
from Car and Driver Blog

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