Oh, the Humanity!

Indianapolis 500

Dirty, densely populated, with inadequate resources, some displays of shocking behavior, and plenty of excitement — sounds like a city, doesn’t it? The Indianapolis 500 really is a daylong pop-up city, and the guesstimated attendance of half a million makes it a much, much larger one than Cincinnati.

Above, $20 lawn parking across the street from the entrance to the track. [The residents of the town of Speedway really rake it in on this one day.] Below, $5 parking on a church lawn a little further away:

Indianapolis 500

Bringing in the cornhole:

Indianapolis 500

This is how we rolled:

Indianapolis 500

Vintage B-25 bombers:

Indianapolis 500

Indianapolis 500

This is about as much as one can see from the infield:

Indianapolis 500

We got to sleep in until 6am because our dedicated friends got up at 4am in order to get their cars and all their gear into the infield:

Indianapolis 500

Here’s a mere sliver of the line to the ladies’ room. This year, my friends and I chose to pee in the grass, between cars. If you think that’s disgusting, consider that we avoided the puke-filled troughs of the restroom facilities:

Indianapolis 500

Indianapolis 500

Indianapolis 500

Indianapolis 500

Indianapolis 500

We put all of our trash into our own trash bags but, in the grand scheme of things, it really didn’t make an iota of difference:

Indianapolis 500

Here is the special ticket stub receptacle area:

Indianapolis 500

Indianapolis 500

Indianapolis 500

Sometime after the fall of Western civilization, people will look back at this day, “the greatest spectacle in racing,” and realize that the signs were there.

7 thoughts on “Oh, the Humanity!

  1. Okay, but you’re missing out. If you could let go of social propriety, hygienic standards, and environmental concerns for one day, this is actually a lot of fun. A lot. Each year has 364 other days for recycling, being sober, and taking advantage of modern restroom facilities.

  2. on the parking front, I went to Formula 1 every year they hosted it, they charged $25 a day for Fri-Sat and $40 for Sunday, think about Formula1, Indy car and the Brickyard 400 and those people are racking in some serious Christmas money.

    The Formula 1 fans were totally nuts, face paint costumes gigantic flags, wild.

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