Both the 1923 and 1947 Indianapolis 500 winning cars will be on display at this year’s Milwaukee Concours, formerly known as the Milwaukee Masterpiece. The two cars actually achieved three wins. Mauri Rose won in both 1947 and ‘48 in the front drive Offy-powered Blue Crown Special.
In addition, the Milwaukee Concours d’Elegance welcomes Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum’s 1914 Duesenberg. In 1914, the Indy 500 was only in its third year when young Eddie Rickenbacker took this Duesenberg to 10th place. He then piloted the car to a 1st place in the Sioux City 300. Rickenbacker would go on to become a WWI flying ace with 26 aerial victories, and eventually purchase the Indianapolis Speedway.
The Duesenberg brothers ultimately achieved three Indianapolis wins with their cars. Later they would build some of the world’s greatest production supercars: models J, SJ and SSJ. This car marks the early days of the glorious Duesenberg career, and fully embodies the 2017 Milwaukee Concours d’Elegance theme “Speed: Then and Now.”
Weekend of Car Enthusiast Events in Milwaukee
The two-day Milwaukee Concours d’Elegance is scheduled for the first weekend in August at Veterans Park. The open Show & Glow by the Lake car show, a motor tour and the annual Style & Speed Social are scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 5, followed by the Concours d’Elegance on Sunday, Aug. 6.