Rare Sports Films


     All the sights and sounds of the 1946 Indianapolis 500 come back to life on a beautiful full-COLOR DVD from "Rare Sportsfilms"! Great shots of race officials, cars, those great drivers of days gone by and scenes of the track itself from over half a century ago are now available for Indy 500 racing fans and historians!

     Not only will you see the classic Indy racefilm "Crucible Of Speed" on this DVD, but also B & W Indy TV newsreel footage never before offered, plus several minutes of COLOR home movies taken by a fan at the memorable 1946 race!

     The DVD begins with Speedway president Wilbur Shaw, 1911 race winner Ray Harroun, 1915 winner Ralph De Palma and Firestone’s Johnny Murphy talking about car improvements from the first race to "modern day" 1946. You’ll see how the famous Marmon Wasp looked in 1946 – before restoration! They discuss improvements on modern day cars that were either first tested or actually invented at the Speedway. During this interesting discussion, you’ll see flashbacks to races from previous years, including Wilbur Shaw’s crash in 1941 that probably prevented him from becoming the first four-time winner and the only driver to win the race three years in a row. Also shown is Shaw’s historic 1944 "Firestone Tire Test Run" on an empty track at a weedy, rundown speedway!

     You’ll see beautiful COLOR closeups of many of the cars in the 1946 race, including Ralph Hepburn’s #2 Novi, the #45 car of Duke Dinsmore, Henry Bank’s #31 Auto Shippers Special, the green #61 car of eventual race runner-up Jimmy Jackson and Rex Mays in his #1 Bowes Seal Fast Special. Drivers shown during qualifying are Ted Horn in his beautiful purple #29 Maserati and Joie Chitwood driving the renumbered Noc-Out Hose Clamp Special that won the race in 1941. Mel Hansen in the #41 Page Offenhauser, Gigi Viloresi in the red #52 Maserati and Paul Russo in the radical new #10 red Twin Coach Special.

     Pre-race festivities feature a parade of old cars beginning with an 1896 Harvey Electric, and continuing with antiques driven by famous racing names such as Ralph De Palma, Tommy Milton and Lou Meyer. The cream colored ’46 Continental pace car driven by Henry Ford II leads the parade lap and the race is underway. Great color shots of many cars at speed are included, as well as the crashes of Paul Russo and Mauri Rose. Rose’s accident is shown in slow motion in the B & W newsreel segment.

     After a lengthy pit stop by race leader Ralph Hepburn, George Robson goes into first place. During the race, other cars and drivers are shown making pit stops, such as Joie Chitwood, Cliff Bergere and Harry McQuinn. You’ll even see closeups of winner Robson and runner-up Jimmy Jackson out on the track! A happy George Robson is shown with his wife in victory lane as a record throng and mass of cars are seen moving out of the speedway and heading home!

     To get your own DVD of this rare 49-minute film footage, send only $29.95 plus $4.00 for FIRST CLASS PRIORITY SHIPPING (Illinois residents must add $2.00 for sales tax) to:

"RARE SPORTSFILMS N", 1126 Tennyson Lane, Naperville, IL 60540 (630) 527-8890

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