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Indy 500: 1970 Program, Reprint of 1911, Inserts, Patches, 1980s Media Guides & a Pin.

Lot 375. Indy 500: 1970 Program, Reprint of 1911, Inserts, Patches, 1980s Media Guides & a Pin. The 1” x 1.5” pin honors Anton (Tony) Hulman, Jr. (1901-77) who purchased the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1945, brought back the Indianapolis 500 in 1946 after a four-year interruption caused by World War II and turned it into one of racing’s most prestigious events. The pin is nm-m. Al Unser, Sr. won the 1970 race, represented by a 120-page vg-ex program featuring Speedway and 500 history, information on the current race, and photos of races, drivers, past winners, rookies and celebrities. The program, which has a water stain at the bottom throughout, is complete. A 1983 reprint of the program for the inaugural race in 1911 is ex-m+. The 84-page program contains photos and biographical sketches of the drivers, including the first winner, Ray Harroun. The media guides are for the 1983 and 1988 races, won by Tom Sneva and Rick Mears, respectively. Both guides present photos and relatively lengthy biographies of the competitors. Al Unser, Jr., eventually a two-time Indy 500 winner, is among the rookies in the 1983 guide, which has 130 pages and is ex with some soiling on the front cover. The 134-page 1988 guide is ex+ with some writing on the “Race Notes” page inside. There also are “Starting Positions” inserts for 1968, 1969 and 1970. Each eight-page publication has photos of the of the starters by row – Bobby Unser, Mario Andretti, A. J. Foyt, Al Unser, etc. Vg-ex to ex+. An 8” x 3.75” patch promotes the Speedway and the 500. A 5” x 3” patch recognizes the Speedway. Both are nm. Ten items. Minimum Bid $25.    

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