“Big Al” Unser will be back at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway – this time as honorary head judge for the Vintage and Classic Car Show on Saturday, May 10.
As judge, the four-time Indy 500 winner will decide which classic/vintage car will win the prestigious Driver’s Choice Award.
“It’s a great privilege to be selected as the honorary head judge for the Celebration of Automobiles,” Unser said in a news release on Friday, April 4. “I’ve loved everything about cars since I was a kid. It’s going to be so exciting to evaluate all of these incredible vehicles and learn their stories from their owners at a place that has meant so much to me and my family for more than 50 years.”
This is the fourth consecutive year that the Celebration of Automobiles has roared into Indianapolis. Held from May 8 – 10, the event is known as one of the premier showcases for classic and vintage cars in North America.
“The Celebration of Automobiles has quickly grown into a can’t-miss event to kick off the Month of May at the Speedway,” said J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president. “This event and the new Grand Prix of Indianapolis will provide a fun variety of exciting sights and sounds for all fans on Opening Weekend. We’re also happy to welcome Al Unser, one of the greatest and most popular legends of the Indianapolis 500, to IMS to serve as the honorary head judge of the Celebration of Automobiles.”
Of course, the car show is just part of the May excitement at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The month of activities will include the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis IndyCar Series on May 10 which will showcase the speedway’s new look road course. Events will lead up to the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 25.
As a salute to the Hoosier host city, the Vintage and Classic Car Show will shine a special spotlight on cars built in Indiana. Also new this year is the inclusion of motorcycles from 1910-1970 and an artist pavilion showcasing world-class automotive art. The focal point of the 2014 Celebration of Automobiles is beautiful and rare cars manufactured from 1910-1970.
More popular events for the 2014 Celebration of Automobiles include a welcome reception, track laps, owners’ lounge, driving tour of central and southern Indiana and an awards dinner featuring Indy 500 legends along with a question-and-answer session with Unser and speedway historian Donald Davidson.
The Celebration of Automobiles takes place during gate hours Thursday, May 8 through Saturday, May 10. All activities are included in gate admission for each day.