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The Marmon Wasp will soon join other automotive icons on the National Historic Vehicle Register, according to the Historic Vehicle Association (HVA).
The first Indy 500 winner is currently being exhaustively measured and documented by the HVA using the guidelines set by the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Heritage Documentation and the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER). Once complete, the material will permanently reside in the Library of Congress, joining such iconic cars as the Shelby Cobra Daytona prototype, the first Meyers Manx dune buggy and one of the last surviving Futurliners.
“The yellow No. 32 Marmon Wasp is arguably one of the best known race cars in America,” said Mark Gessler, president of HVA. “The 1911 race was the inauguration of a single, large-scale event designed to attract widespread attention from both American and European racing teams and manufacturers. It proved to be a successful event, immediately establishing itself both as the premier motorsports competition in the nation, and one of the most prestigious in the world.”