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Brickyard oddities: history’s strangest Indy 500 racers

Classic & Sports Car Logo By Classic and Sports Car editorial team of Classic & Sports Car | Slide 1 of 21: Prestigious as the Indy 500 is, not every entrant has been a shining example of top-end engineering.

See, before the days of tight regulations and spec chassis, all sorts of oddball entries could be found doing the rounds of the Brickyard – from turbine-powered single-seaters to racers inspired by aeroplanes.

Ahead of Sunday’s 103rd running of The Greatest Spectacle in Racing, as it is known, here are 10 of the strangest machines ever to have entered the event.

Wacky machines from the USA’s greatest race

Prestigious as the Indy 500 is, not every entrant has been a shining example of top-end engineering.

See, before the days of tight regulations and spec chassis, all sorts of oddball entries could be found doing the rounds of the Brickyard – from turbine-powered single-seaters to racers inspired by aeroplanes.

Ahead of Sunday’s 103rd running of The Greatest Spectacle in Racing, as it is known, here are 10 of the strangest machines ever to have entered the event.

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