The Indianapolis 500: Making the Pilgrimage to the ‘Yard of Bricks’

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Show simple item record Williams, Jean en 2012-07-16T08:47:10Z 2012-07-16T08:47:10Z 2012
dc.identifier.citation Williams, J. (2012) The Indianapolis 500: Making the Pilgrimage to the 'Yard of Bricks'. In: J. Hill, K. Moore and J. Wood (eds.) Sport, History and Heritage: An Investigation Into The Public Representation Of Sport, Boydell and Brewer, pp. 247-262 en
dc.identifier.isbn 9781843837886
dc.description.abstract The first section of this chapter gives a brief historical overview of the Indy 500 and argues that ‘the most famous automobile race in the world’ dominates the IndyCar and United States racing mythology compared with the other meetings in the annual calendar. With the Le Mans 10 Hours and Monaco Grand Prix , it forms the classic trio of must-see races in world motorsport. This discussion is the longer portion of the two, not least because motor-racing is often overlooked in sports history more generally. What makes Indianapolis special to a race fan? In seeking to answer why a motor-racing fan from the British midlands wanted to visit the Indy 500, the second, shorter, section looks at my experience of the Indy day in 1996. Each element was independently organised, as there were no package holidays of this kind. Soon afterwards, the internet made the organisation of travel the matter of credit card ownership and a few clicks of a computer mouse, and lifestyle travel for all kinds of speciality interest has been a bene.ciary of that change. The discussion of pilgrimage literature in this section looks at some of the experience of attending the Indy, an integral part of which is going to the site. en
dc.publisher Boydell and Brewer en
dc.subject Indianapolis 500 en
dc.subject motor sport en
dc.subject kinetic ritual en
dc.subject Hoosier en
dc.subject racing en
dc.title The Indianapolis 500: Making the Pilgrimage to the ‘Yard of Bricks’ en
dc.type Book chapter en
dc.researchgroup International Centre for Sports History and Culture en
dc.peerreviewed Yes en

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