OCTOBER 9, 2013
N. Lake Drive 100MPH Club Meeting
We have a very special meeting planned for the fall event.
Donald Davidson is the chief historian for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Davidson has written or contributed to numerous books about auto racing and the Indianapolis 500.
Cost for the dinner and speaker will be as follows;
Members paid before October 2, 2012 = $40.00
If we do not sell out, the ‘at the door’ cost will be $45.00
Head Table seating with Donald (limited) = SOLD OUT
Dinner will be at the Delafield Brewhaus, cocktails at 6:00 PM, dinner at 7:00PM. Cash Bar
Please enter at the “BANQUET” entrance on the West side of the Parking lot.
Please send your Checks Payable to "Bill Schley" ASAP to;
(Remember to include the names of those attending so I can make Name Tags, which you can pick up at the door)
P.O. Box 91
Hartland, WI 53029
(If you have to cancel your reservation, I will refund your money up until October 2,2013)
British born, Davidson was from Salisbury, Wiltshire in South West England. He first learned of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway when he became passionately interested in Grand Prix motor racing in the mid-1950s. It did not take long for his interest to transfer over to the Indianapolis 500, plus other forms of American oval track racing. Davidson sought out books, magazines, and other various publications relating to auto racing. He then proceeded to memorize the results of every Indianapolis 500. He has been described as having Selective Retentive Easy-Access Memory.
Davidson saved up his own money and first visited Indianapolis in May of 1964. He had relatives in Chicago, with whom he arranged to stay during part of the trip. He had written to IMS radio announcer Sid Collins and amazed the crowd by being able to recite the record of every driver who had ever competed in the "500." He was quickly and warmly welcomed by the Speedway staff as well as participants, and within hours of his arrival, he was given free credentials. Collins invited Davidson to make a brief appearance as a guest on the radio broadcast of the 1964 race.
Davidson returned to the Speedway to attend the race in 1965. He reunited with Sid Collins and the Radio Network staff. He joined the staff as a popular fixture, and sought permanent employment in Indianapolis.
A few days after the race, Davidson was hired by Henry Banks to work at USAC as a statistician, a position he held for 31 years. As of January 1998 he officially became the historian of the Speedway. He is also now the longest-serving commentator on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network staff, having served in at least some capacity on every radio broadcast of the Indianapolis 500 since 1965 (as well as his guest appearance in 1964).