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STRANGE OLDE INDY 500 PACE CARS - 1941 CHRYSLER NEWPORT

The 1941 Chrysler Newport sets the pace


The Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis opened this week for practice. The Indy 500 is coming up on Sunday, May 24.

Springfield had a first hand look at a 1941 Chrysler Newport, which served as the official “pacemaker car” for the race that year.

Springfield Mayor John Kapp, in the front passenger seat, gets a ride in the car during its one-day visit in late April. Behind the wheel is W. D. Newman, Chrysler-Plymouth Springfield dealer. In the rear seat are, from left, C.B.Warren of New Berlin Chrysler dealership and J. O. Holland of Newman Brothers.

According to information published with the photo, the Newport was on display for ten hours at Newman Brothers and “hundreds of motorists took advantage of the occasion to see the new design in streamlined automobiles.”

The Chrysler Newport and its companion car, the Thunderbolt, were designed by renowned car designer of the era, Ralph Roberts, whose cars had set styles in Paris, London, Berlin, New York and Detroit for twenty years, the paper said. During the Indianapolis 500 race, the car was driven by A.B. Couture.
 

STRANGE OLDE INDY 500 PACE CARS - 1941 CHRYSLER NEWPORT






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