1911 Winner 

Marmon Wasp

The famed six-cylinder, single-seat, streamlined Marmon “Wasp” won the very first Indianapolis 500 in 1911, driven by Ray Harroun and relief man Cyrus Patschke. It was designed and built by the engineering department of the Indianapolis-based Nordyke & Marmon passenger-car firm. In response to complaints during practice that he was a potential safety hazard by not carrying a riding mechanic, driver/engineer Harroun rigged up, above the cowling, what is believed to have been the very first rearview mirror ever used on an automobile.

Adoption cost: $3,000

Adoption benefits:

* Membership in the Borg-Warner Society (the Museum’s most esteemed group of supporters)

* A vintage photo of your adopted car in Victory Lane

* Recognition signage with the car and on the Museum’s website

* Listing on the Adopt-A-Car donor wall in the Museum

* An “I adopted” magnet of the car

* A certificate of adoption

Adoptions are for a period of one year with the option to renew annually.