Bike tour celebrates 100th running of Indy 500

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — To celebrate the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, Indiana Landmarks and Crown Hill are sponsoring a bike tour May 15 in Crown Hill Cemetery.

The six-mile tour includes several stops inside the cemetery, where bikers will hear speedy, mini-talks about Speedway founders—Carl Fisher, Arthur Newby, Frank Wheeler and James Allison—as well as legendary drivers like Charlie Wiggins, four-time champion of the African-American Racing Car Circuit, mechanics, and famous auto makers.

Speakers include Matty Bennett, co-owner of National Moto+Cycle Co, Dan Ripley, local auctioneer and Fisher aficionado, and Indianapolis author Todd Gould.

Several vintage examples of Indiana’s auto and motorcycle heritage will be displayed along the bike tour route.

The ride begins and ends at the Crown Hill Mausoleum and includes stops at the historic Waiting Station and Gothic Chapel.

The timed entry tour offers staggered start times every 15 minutes from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. and will take about 3 hours and 15 minutes.

Ticket cost $15 per rider ($12 for Indiana Landmarks members), and reservations may be made at or by calling 317-639-4534.

Bikers must provide their own bikes and helmets.

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