All Proceeds Directly Benefit the Museum Due to Generous Cooperation, Donation
Legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway Public Address Announcer Tom Carnegie’s voice still echoes in the minds and hearts of race fans, and the IMS Museum is now selling a collectible talking bobblehead honoring the late Carnegie. All proceeds from the sales go to fund the Museum’s operations, preservation and education efforts.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2005 contracted with local realtor Bruce Richardson, who owned promotion company Exodus Promotions at the time, to sell the Tom Carnegie Bobblehead as part of celebrations marking Carnegie’s 60th year as IMS lead public address announcer.
The talking bobblehead features genuine recordings of some of Carnegie’s most famous phrases, such as, “And heeeee’s on it!” and “It’s a newwww traaaack recorrrd!”
“Tom was such a kind man, so good to his fans, and I think he would be very pleased today to know that sales of the remaining bobbleheads will benefit the IMS Museum,” Richardson said.
The Carnegie bobbleheads were a hot collector’s item leading up to the 89th Indianapolis 500. It’s through the cooperation and generosity of IMS, Richardson and Carnegie’s family that the remaining bobbleheads are available for fans and collectors today.
The Carnegie bobblehead was originally sold at a retail price of $29.95 in 2005, but the Museum is selling non-autographed bobbleheads on its eBay store and at the Museum welcome desk for $20 each (plus shipping, via eBay). A limited number of bobbleheads autographed by Carnegie are available for $35 each.
The IMS Museum eBay store address is: www.ebay.com/str/imsmuseum
Carnegie was an Indiana broadcast pioneer, starting in radio in 1942. He was named sports director at WFBM-TV (today, WRTV Channel 6) in Indianapolis in 1953 and renamed there until 1985. Carnegie was also lead TV announcer for the Indiana high school boys’ basketball championship for 24 years – which led to his appearance in the beloved 1986 film, “Hoosiers.”
Carnegie’s career at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway began at the 1946 Indianapolis 500, and he served as lead P.A. announcer for every race until retiring in 2006. He passed away at age 91 in 2011. He was inducted into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame in 1996.
About the IMS Museum: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum is home to one of the world’s premier motorsports and automobile collections, with interpretive emphasis on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and its role as a global icon of sporting tradition and innovation.
Located inside the famed 2.5-mile IMS oval, the Museum is open 363 days a year (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas). It is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization and relies on support from admissions, tours, sponsorships, annual memberships and planned-giving for its operations, educational programming, restoration and preservation efforts, exhibits and events.
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