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  • Personal Speedway/Indy "Landmarks" That Are Gone

    The thread about interesting locations at IMS and my yearly trek to Indy this past weekend got me thinking about other landmarks that are now gone. Many of these were landmarks that had some sort of personal connection to my years going to the race. For instance, we visited the site of the Red Roof Inn that used to sit just off of High School and Crawfordsville. We spent many years at that hotel and the whole intersection looks so much different. It's not just the fact that they reconfigured 465 - but so many of the landmarks are gone: the Motel 6 and the scary Dollar Inn. The Starting Line Lounge. It's really no longer even recognizable. I had to locate a few remaining structures to get a feel for where things used to be. There was a muffler shop adjacent to the Motel 6 that sometimes sold fireworks. That area was our home away from home every Memorial Day Weekend for close to 20 years.

    There are some places that are still there. I remember going to Noble Roman's (on 10th) pretty much every May when I was a kid. There is the Kroger on Crawfordsville. The house (that belonged to family friends) where we'd park my grandma's motor home for the weekend when I first started going (corner of Meadowood & Lynhurst).

    I think if you attend enough 500's and spend enough time around the track - some places just get etched into your mind and you associate them with memories and moments. Anyone else have any that come to mind?
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    Union Jack Pub survives, and the Hardee's with the neon IndyCar on the side

    Is the old White Front bar now the Venus Club?
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    • #3
      Yep, Club Venus.

      A couple folks shot there just a couple weeks ago. They just don’t know what the White Front means.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by doitagain View Post
        Union Jack Pub survives, and the Hardee's with the neon IndyCar on the side

        Is the old White Front bar now the Venus Club?
        We ate at that Hardee's every race morning. They always had fantastic service and clean restrooms!
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        • #5
          The camping/parking area formerly known as the Goodyear Parking Lot (by the white barn)

          I actually miss the old Flag Lot - used to be behind the old Master Control Tower. Always a bunch of Pace cars/Festival cars parked back there.

          The mounds inside turn one. When they built the "Snakepit" complex of turns for the road course I wish they could have maintained some sort of designated sitting area inside T1.

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          • #6
            Of course, the Steak 'n Shake.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by doitagain View Post
              Union Jack Pub survives, and the Hardee's with the neon IndyCar on the side
              ......
              That Indy Car is on the front of the Hardee's because the original owner was driver Paul Goldsmith. I think he owned three or four of the restaurants at one time.

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              • #8
                Well, there was the New Wild Cheri, the White Castle, and I forget what else was on that corner.
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                • #9
                  Before your time , wasn't there a Bonanza Steak House and a Gringo's Taco House?

                  And an A&P, a Shell station, and a Standard station at 30th & Georgetown, along with a laundromat where all the teams had their clothes done. Plus Scotty's Bar and Olympic Pizza.

                  Is Pasquale's still on 16th?

                  And the grove of trees in the infield just past turn 4.
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                  • #10
                    The midget race track that was right across from The Speedway on 16th Street.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Turn13 View Post
                      Before your time , wasn't there a Bonanza Steak House and a Gringo's Taco House?

                      And an A&P, a Shell station, and a Standard station at 30th & Georgetown, along with a laundromat where all the teams had their clothes done. Plus Scotty's Bar and Olympic Pizza.

                      Is Pasquale's still on 16th?

                      And the grove of trees in the infield just past turn 4.
                      I do remember Scotty's! I don't believe I was ever at the original location, but I've down a few up on 30th & Georgetown.

                      There was also the Starting Line Lounge over on Crawfordsville - adjacent to the Dollar Inn. That was an interesting place!

                      Weren't there two "gentlemen's clubs" up on 16th & Crawfordsville? Wild Cheri and I think one called the Winner's Circle Gentlemen's Club?

                      The Mail Room on 16th. The checkered flag awning is still in place.

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                      • #12
                        On our way into the track, we always walked past the Eddie Sax car dealership on 30th just West of Lafayette. It's now Sacks Auto & Trucks.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Pelican Joe View Post
                          The Mail Room on 16th. The checkered flag awning is still in place.
                          I miss that place too. Frank used to show up at the Memorabilia Show on Saturday, but he hasn't been there the past couple years...is he OK?

                          He told me back when he closed the store that they kind of 'wanted their living room back' so to speak. I wonder also if outlets like eBay, etc. made his business harder.


                          We also used to go in the laundromat near Georgetown & 30th Street. A little danky, but they had some neat stuff...including I guess a pretty rare ABC Sports flag.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by indyrjc View Post
                            That Indy Car is on the front of the Hardee's because the original owner was driver Paul Goldsmith. I think he owned three or four of the restaurants at one time.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Doctorindy View Post

                              I miss that place too. Frank used to show up at the Memorabilia Show on Saturday, but he hasn't been there the past couple years...is he OK?

                              He told me back when he closed the store that they kind of 'wanted their living room back' so to speak. I wonder also if outlets like eBay, etc. made his business harder.
                              I never got to go there, but I did find the antique store next to Dawson's this year and they had some 500/IndyCar stuff in there. Got a Culver brick for $50.
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