Howard Johnson's Motor Losge and Restaurant Indianapolis-Speedyay, Indiana
Brochure ca 1960s: Dan Donahue
Admission Ticket #52040: Kummerlowe Archive
Indianapolis-Speedway, IN
 -- 2602 N High School Rd

Gentleman start your engines! Home of the Indianapolis 500, Brickyard 400 and the US Grand Prix for Formula One cars, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was built in the spring of 1909.

Capitalizing on its nearby famous international attraction, the Speedway Howard Johnson's Motor Lodge complex opened in 1963, and boasted that it was "The Ultimate in Luxury."

23973--95--Hoover-Watson Printing Co., Indianapolis: Kummerlowe archive
Postcard to Oskar Kummerlowe, Culebra C Z, Panama, Panama Station
Postmarked Indianapolis, Ind. Dec. 9, 10:30AM 1912
Photo June 2001: Kummerlowe Archive

Above: The original pagoda was erected in 1913 with the current version going up in the late 1950s. The original official purpose of the speedway was as a testing facility, for Indianapolis was by 1908 the forth largest producer of autos in the United States and the second by 1913. Northwest of Indianapolis proper, in 1926 the area was formally named the City of Speedway. Note that the site is a National Historic Landmark.

All Hail Carl Fisher!

Postcard ca. 2000 Indiana Scenic Images: Kummerlowe Archive

Brochure ca 1960s: Dan Donahue

Speedway's Three Room Types:

  • Twin Double--Named for its twin lavatories and two double beds, each was a comfortable spacious room that was air conditioned/heated, with pleasant non-glare indirect lighting, television, large dressing/bathroom combinations, and private balconies or patios.
  • Single Double--They were "soundproof and comfortable with a large double bed and the same luxurious appointments of the larger rooms."
  • Studio Executive Suite--Each was a "modern pool-side room with every convenience including direct dial phone system and master panel headboard controls.
Above & Below: With its many amenities Speedway touted its "large heated pool." Indeed, a swimming pool was and continues to be an attraction for any hospitality complex, yet even a heated outdoor pool remains largely impractical for most northern climes!

Photos ca. 1990s:Tim & Tom Bernert
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