Amphi & Indy

Discussion in 'General Amphicar Discussion' started by Amphipoda@yahoo.com, May 25, 2001.

  1. Amphipoda@yahoo.com
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    Amphi & Indy

    No, not Amos & Andy. Amphi & Indy !!!
    Amphi and the Indianapolis 500 (a.k.a. the
    BIG left turn). It all started when I dumped
    the newspaper into the recycling bin and the
    sports page magically escaped onto the garage
    floor in front of Amphi. Did you know Amphi
    is a speed reader? Well I didn't know until I
    picked up the rouge sports section and was
    barraged by a sea of Amphi inquiries about
    how Amphi could participate in the big Indy
    event. Not wanting to hurt Amphi's feelings
    I mentioned the speeds involved and the real
    dangers that exist in every turn, in every lap of
    the Indianapolis 500 race. Can you imagine an
    Amphicar racing at over 220 mph? Amphi did
    get the picture, but then insisted he could be a
    pre-race pace car. I had to break it to Amphi
    that only current year models are granted the
    honor of pace car. So naturally Amphi wanted
    to know if during the Amphicar production
    years if an Amphi was ever an Indy pace car?
    This was getting pretty awkward for me since
    I was in Huggies during the first years of Amphi
    production and didn't become a race fan until
    the 1980's. Also it seems only Yankee built
    Detroit steel autos made it to the short list of
    pace cars, but I'm not 100% sure of that. So
    I did a search in the Amphi archives, but no clues
    to answer Amphi's question about if there has
    ever been an Amphi pace car at the Indy 500.
    So I told my Amphi I would consult the great
    oracle Amphi-lovers bulletin board in hopes
    this is not one of those over & over & over
    & over & over & over & over & over & over
    & over & over & over & over & over & over
    & over & over & over & over & over & over
    & over & over & over & over & over & over
    & over & over & over & over & over & over
    & over & over & over & over & over & over
    kinda questions our hero the Bilgemaster
    has seen a million times.

    Amphipoda
    `64 Turquoise
    Sandy Eggo, CA

    PS - Safe swimming this holiday weekend, and
    enjoy the race.
     
  2. Bill Connelly
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    In response to the following posting by Brother Amphipoda, I feel I must
    shake off the debilitating ennui if only long enough to direct all those
    interested in a complete register of Indy Pace Cars 1911-present to the
    Official Indy 500 website's "Pace Cars" listing at
    http://www.indy500.com/pacecar/ .

    Although it's pretty clearly solid American steel there on the Indy 500 Pace
    Car lineup from the beginning, with nary an Amphi in sight on the physical
    plane, this is to underestimate the influence of Amphi on the TRANSCENDENT
    plane, which is, after all, Amphi's proper domain in the cosmos, posing by
    example the eternal question, "So that's it?...You're happy with just that,
    Eh?". Upon a closer examination of the roster of drivers, Amphi's
    influence can be immediately ascertained in the fact that Jay Leno was the
    1999 pace car driver. How significant is it that on the eve of the
    Millenium, Jay Leno, a known Amphiphile and owner of several Amphis was the
    chosen driver? So while Leno was almost certainly coerced into driving a
    cheesy Chevy Monte Carlo with a garish Tasmanian Devil paint scheme into one
    l o n g left turn, can anyone doubt that at some point on that dull
    circuit his thoughts may have drifted and grown wistful with aquatic visions
    of regattas and of plungings headlong into the deep?

    Leno's subconscious influences aside, one need not look terribly far in the
    roster for other clues and presentiments of para-Amphiism at the Indy 500.
    Witness the names of the pace car and driver at another threshhold of human
    history, in 1938...on the very eve of World War II. There we see a "Hudson"
    driven by man named "Baits". Can any reasonably sensitive North American
    NOT admit to being "hooked" by this pair of monikers into visions of fishing
    in that mighty New York river? If so, then why not ask the crews of
    "Amphicar Task Force Woodstock: Scourge of the Hudson" about it? (see
    http://www.geocities.com/MotorCity/1186/). And at yet another crossroads of
    human history, in 1913 AND 1914, the eve of the Great War, the "War to End
    All Wars", we see a "Stoddard-Dayton" driven by a man named "Fisher".
    Clearly the name "Fisher" is an obvious aquatic reference recognized by even
    the most dull witted, but how many are also aware of the fact that
    "Stoddard", as in "Benjamin Stoddard" (1751-1813, also spelled "Stoddert),
    was a naval war hero during the American Revolutionary War and later First
    Secretary of the U.S. Navy, who also participated in the transportation of
    the Arcadian (i.e. "Cajun") peoples from their earlier homes in upstate New
    York and Canada to their now distinctly "amphibian" habitats in Louisiana
    and elsewhere?

    In short, even a cursory analysis of the facts reveals the mocking influence
    of the Amphicar on America's premier motoring event, the Indy 500, even
    prior to Amphi's actual physical appearances on this plane of existence
    during the 1960's. That these influences are normally invisible to
    aficionados of other "less adept" vehicle marques is only to be expected,
    and in fact, desired.

    On behalf of the Trippel Institute for the Study of Dripping Phenomena, and
    trustfull that you will not allow these revelations to fall into the hands
    of the profane, or anyone who has ever waxed a Pinto, I am,

    Sincerely yours,
    Merriwether Snipes, S.A.
    Associate Crank, Emeritus

    =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-


    [...SNIP!] So naturally Amphi wanted
    to know if during the Amphicar production
    years if an Amphi was ever an Indy pace car?
    This was getting pretty awkward for me since
    I was in Huggies during the first years of Amphi
    production and didn't become a race fan until
    the 1980's. Also it seems only Yankee built
    Detroit steel autos made it to the short list of
    pace cars, but I'm not 100% sure of that. So
    I did a search in the Amphi archives, but no clues
    to answer Amphi's question about if there has
    ever been an Amphi pace car at the Indy 500.
    So I told my Amphi I would consult the great
    oracle Amphi-lovers bulletin board in hopes
    this is not one of those over & over & over
    & over & over & over & over & over & over
    & over & over & over & over & over & over
    & over & over & over & over & over & over
    & over & over & over & over & over & over
    & over & over & over & over & over & over
    & over & over & over & over & over & over
    kinda questions our hero the Bilgemaster
    has seen a million times.

    Amphipoda
    `64 Turquoise
    Sandy Eggo, CA

    PS - Safe swimming this holiday weekend, and
    enjoy the race.
     
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