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  • 1977 Indianapolis 500

    Watching this one because I'm incredibly depressed but I found these factoids interesting.

    11 drivers are 40+ years old.
    Only 4 are under 30.
    The last time a foreign engine to win the race was in 1940.
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  • #2
    Wow. Kay Bignotti started Janet Guthrie's engine. I never realized that.
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    2015 6A Football State Champs
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Truth Detector View Post
      Wow. Kay Bignotti started Janet Guthrie's engine. I never realized that.
      That was to force Tony Hulman to acknowledge Guthrie being in the field. Technically whoever engaged the starter in the rear starts the engine. The driver just sits there. So if it was man starting Janet's car Hulman could say "Gentlemen, start your engines" and be correct because everyone who started the engines was a man. Kay was having none of that and insisted on starting Janet's car so Hulman would have to modify the command.
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      • #4
        That's incredible. I never EVER thought of it that way.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by DaveL View Post

          That was to force Tony Hulman to acknowledge Guthrie being in the field. Technically whoever engaged the starter in the rear starts the engine. The driver just sits there. So if it was man starting Janet's car Hulman could say "Gentlemen, start your engines" and be correct because everyone who started the engines was a man. Kay was having none of that and insisted on starting Janet's car so Hulman would have to modify the command.
          During the week, the press was needling Tony about changing the words on the biggest moment of his year, and he got his feathers ruffled a bit. So he said something like, since it's the mechanics that start the engines, I don't have to change anything. Kay, who had a USAC mechanic's license, heard it and told Janet he's not getting away with that. Hulman then came up with the overwrought spiel he used on race morning.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by dalz View Post

            During the week, the press was needling Tony about changing the words on the biggest moment of his year, and he got his feathers ruffled a bit. So he said something like, since it's the mechanics that start the engines, I don't have to change anything. Kay, who had a USAC mechanic's license, heard it and told Janet he's not getting away with that. Hulman then came up with the overwrought spiel he used on race morning.
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            • #7
              Different time. Different era.

              Not very nice of the reporters to be hooting on Tony Hulman about the command. I wonder if Hulman knew that 1977 might be "it" for him, and to have the media having a field day with him had to be upsetting.

              According to everything I've ever read, Hulman was nothing but gracious and welcoming to all the drivers over the years. Now, what was the problem with "Lady and gentlemen" in 1977? Nothing. But, see my first two sentences.

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              • #8
                I still have the 1977 Indy 500 VHS highlight tape that I bought from the gift shop in the early 90s.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by MS View Post
                  Different time. Different era.

                  Not very nice of the reporters to be hooting on Tony Hulman about the command. I wonder if Hulman knew that 1977 might be "it" for him, and to have the media having a field day with him had to be upsetting.

                  According to everything I've ever read, Hulman was nothing but gracious and welcoming to all the drivers over the years. Now, what was the problem with "Lady and gentlemen" in 1977? Nothing. But, see my first two sentences.
                  He was a fine gentleman, but he and the Speedway were really digging their heels in and were being stubborn about it. They were just 6-7 years from a time when women weren’t even allowed in the pits, much less racing.
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                  • #10
                    1977 a year of firsts;
                    1st 4-time winner
                    1st female driver
                    1st time a 17-year old me gets to shoot the 500 from the infield with a motor-drive camera where I expertly captured Eldon Rassmussen's spin in T3 from start to finish
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