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Vintage Indy Registry

Welcome to the Vintage Indy Registry, dedicated to the history and preservation of Indianapolis Championship Cars
from 1911-1996.
Through the collective efforts of enthusiasts, specialists and professionals, the register's goal is to help ensure that these cars are more broadly appreciated and their history correctly preserved for future generations.
The register represents each individual car's carefully and accurately documented legacy assembled from museums, collections and individual owners of - “The Greatest Cars in Racing”™.

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We welcome our sponsor, Hagerty® Insurance. A name many of you are all familiar with. Watch for their support and participation in future Vintage Indy Registry ™ events . The Vintage Indy Registry™ award Presented by HAGERTY® for Excellence.
Click above logo for more information on Hagerty.

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We are pleased to add the Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed to our website as a participating sponsor. A wealth of information for all you car enthusiasts. Their classic Indy cars will soon be registered on the site.

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Chizmark Larson Insurance Agency is celebrating it’s 50th year In business and is committed to insuring the racing community. We have also sponsored teams in the Indy Racing League, The Atlantic ChampionshipSeries and the United Midwest Promotors Dirt Racing Association. Click on our logo above for more information


Founders of Vintage Indy Registry

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Ron Nelson

Ron is a long time photographer of racing and pro-football. He began his career as a mid-west photographer for Competition Press and covered major events from Watkins Glen, Indy, Road America, Meadowdale, the Milwaukee Mile and other events. In 1960 Ron began to shoot for the Chicago Bears P.R. department and covered them until they moved to Soldier Field. He has published a book - Pro Football at Wrigley Field.
Contact Ron for information on advertising and submitting information on your car.


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Mike Lashmett

It was Mike Lashmett's uncle who built and raced mid-west super modifieds that fostered his interest in racing, ultimately leading to a crew member position in the early 1970's with famed chief mechanic George Bignotti at both Vel's Parnelli Jones Racing and the STP Patrick Racing Teams. Now retired he most recently crewed on the '72 AAR Eagle of Philippe de Lespinay at Indy’s 2016 Legends Day at the Brickyard Invitational. Mike brings a wealth of historical knowledge to the Vintage Indy Registry.


Diane Fitzgerald, President of the RPM Foundation, David Hobbs and Lyn St. James at a recent Elkhart Lake Historic Race Circuits Preservation Society Dinner. If you know some one who would like to get into the restoration industry or just find a good job in the automotive world have them visit there site. click on logo below.

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Patronize Our Advertisers

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Racemaker Press
is an award-winning, unique publisher specializing in niche books on automotive racing and its history. With a particular focus on American Open-wheel racing, Racemaker is determined to keep the sport’s rich history alive for future generations.

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Indianapolis, Indiana


Our Advisory Board

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Jacques and Rick Dresang

Steve Zautke

Colin Comer

Lyn St. James

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Executive Editor
Steve Zautke
Steve brings a wealth of knowledge to our web site.
He has been around the Milwaukee Mile since he was old enough to have his Father (Film photographer at the Mile) bring him there. Steve has his radio
show weekly.
Author and contributor to various racing publications.
+ Motorsports Analyst, Sports Radio 105.7 The Fan
+ Feature Writer - Vintage Racing Quarterly - House Magazine of the SVRA
+ Columnist for
+ Writer for Harry Miller Vintage Indy Car Club Newsletter &
Author of Arcadia Publishing release: Road America
Steve will bring his vast knowledge of Indy Cars for all to read and enjoy.

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Join Now.
Visit our Membership page and become an Owner with your car registered or an Associate Member and become part of our maling list for future events and offers.

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Hard Luck Lloyd. Lloyd Ruby had a tremendous record in all sorts of cars on road courses and ovals. The 500 proved to be the one place lady luck never helped out.
Despite a Championship Car career replete with success, Ruby is probably best remembered for his many misfortunes at the Indianapolis 500. His biography, written by Ted Buss in 2000, was titled: "Lloyd Ruby: The Greatest Driver Never to Win the Indy 500". Ruby led the race in five different years, for a total of 126 laps, however, his best finish at Indianapolis was merely third in 1964. His only other top five finish at Indy came in 1968. In 1991, he was inducted into the Auto Racing Hall of Fame.
Perhaps Ruby's most notorious hard-luck bout at Indy came in 1969. With race leader Mario Andretti experiencing overheating problems, Ruby was in strong position to score a victory. During a pit stop around the halfway point, a crew member motioned Ruby to pull away too soon. The refueling nozzle was still engaged in the car's left saddle tank, and as Ruby dropped the clutch, the car lurched forward. The nozzle ruptured a hole in the gas tank, ending Ruby's day.
Ref: Wikipedia

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