'Mario Andretti: Racing Royalty' opens at World of Speed
The World of Speed has opened its exhibition on Mario Andretti, the most successful American driver in international racing history. It commemorates the 50th year of his twin victories at the Indy 500 and Pikes Peak Hillclimb.
"Mario Andretti: Racing Royalty" runs through November 2. It includes a collection of 11 of his historic cars, including a 1949 Hudson he and his brother Aldo built, a 1967 Ford Fairlane stock car Daytona winner, a 1967 Ford GT40 Mk IV international Sebring winner, and the Pikes Peak Hillclimb car, which was originally designed and built by Al Unser, who broke his leg before the event and asked Andretti to drive it.
"Mario Andretti isn't just a race legend, he is a household name," said World of Speed Curator Ron Huegli. "How many times have you heard someone say 'Who do you think you are, Mario Andretti?' He is a part of America's lexicon and an ambassador for the world of racing. His list of accomplishments is unrivaled, and he successfully competed in 11 different types of racing."
The 11 cars in the exhibit are:
• 1949 Hudson Modified - First Race Car
• 1950 Hillegass TQ Midget
• 1955 Hillegass Sprint Car
• 1964 Kuzma Indy Roadster
• 1967 Ford Fairlane Stock Car - Daytona 500 Winner
• 1967 Ford GT40 Mk IV J4 Sebring Winner
• 1969 Grant King - Pikes Peak Winning Car
• 1972 Viceroy Champ Dirt Car
• 1979 IROC Camaro
• 1981 Wildcat Indy Car - Controversial Winner
• 1994 Lola Indy Car - IMax Movie Car
The World of Speed is an educational, interactive motorsports museum. It is located at 27490 S.W. 95th Ave., Wilsonville. For more information, visit www.worldofspeed.org.