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When was the Indy 500 first called the Indy 500?


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#1 Collombin

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Posted 09 May 2014 - 20:33

Partly inspired by the similar F1 thread (could you tell?), although something I have been curious about for a while anyway, do we know when the Indy 500 was first referred to by that name?

I would be grateful if someone with a subscription to a US newspaper archive site could do a quick search on the term and see what comes up.

1964 is the earliest oft-cited reference that I know of, and whilst a Fun Fun Fun bit of trivia, I struggle to believe that it really was the first.

However, despite having a reasonably sizeable collection of pre 1964 literature and film about the 500, I can't actually find anything to disprove it.

Can anyone else?

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#2 Vitesse2

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Posted 09 May 2014 - 20:52

Oldest use of the exact phrase 'Indy 500' on Newspaperarchive.com is October 28th 1954 in the Hayward Daily Review.



#3 Collombin

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Posted 09 May 2014 - 21:52

Thank you (thumbs up smiley)

Still a Beach Boys fan though.

#4 Roger Clark

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Posted 09 May 2014 - 23:24

Fun, Fun, Fun was apparently recorded on 1st Jan 1964, so presumably written before that.

#5 Rob G

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Posted 10 May 2014 - 00:46

And coincidentally, the T-bird that her daddy took away went on sale just six days before the oldest use of the exact phrase 'Indy 500' on Newspaperarchive.com.

 

Edit: Sorry for the fluff.


Edited by Rob G, 10 May 2014 - 00:47.