Indianapolis Motor Speedway Credentials
Due to the rarity of credentials from the 1909 through 1916 period, it is uncertain what type of credential was most commonly used however, as seen below, a variety were used. The Whitehead & Hoag Co. of Newark New Jersey is one *known maker of credentials from this period as seen on the bottom edge of the 1912 Concession. It is *uncertain who made the other types of credentials from this period.
The four credentials below measures 4" in diameter and are made of pasteboard. The Mechanic and Pit have numbers stamped on them while the Military and Concession do not. Note the interesting statement "WEAR THIS BADGE IN PLAIN SIGHT" "FAILURE TO DISPLAY IT WILL CAUSE HOLDER EMBARRASSMENT" One has to wonder what that would've entailed.
All though not an official Speedway credential, this advertisement for Apperson and Rayfield carburetors was also made of pasteboard and used during the 1911 '500'.
The pin at left may have been part of a similar credential like the1912 above or of the police badge at right.
Although not dated, the driver and mechanic credentials below are believed to be from 1913.
Note the blank space on the middle credential where a designation could be written in and on the practice pass below where the name and account could be written in.
Credentials from 1909 through 1916 are very rare and very tough to find. Any credential associated with race teams, Driver, Mechanic, Pitman etc., are more desirable than ones designated for Press, Concession, Guest etc..
* This information is to the best of our knowledge. If anyone has more information, please contact: NI500CC@NI500CC.COM