Retro Indy: Carl Fisher, founder of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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A sixth-grade dropout from a broken home, Greensburg native Carl Fisher made and lost several multimillion-dollar fortunes throughout his life. In Indiana, he‘s best remembered for founding the Indianapolis 500 race.

Fisher was a hard-drinking, profane, cigar-smoking, risk-taking businessman and the “P. T. Barnum of the Automobile Age.” It was either his way or the highway. Highways that he conceived include the coast-to-coast Lincoln Highway and the Dixie Highway from Chicago to Miami. He was a man with a plan — big plans, and he lived a life just as big.

Born Jan. 12, 1874, in Greensburg, he was the second of three sons born to Albert H. and Ida Graham Fisher. His parents divorced soon after, and Ida Fisher moved to Indianapolis with her children. Carl fell in love with bicycles, and at 17 years old, he and his two brothers opened a bicycle shop. Fisher also became a member of the Indianapolis , which would connect him with Arthur Newby, a club founder, and James Allison. The men had much in common. Individually, they became great businessmen, and saw the future of the automobile and wanted to be a part of it. Together, they would do something great.

Fisher sold the Stoddard-Dayton automobile and many believed Fisher had the first automobile dealership in the country. Whatever gimmicky tricks and advertising dealers use to sell cars today, they probably learned them from Carl Fisher. But early on, Fisher recognized that motor racing promoted cars.

In 1901, he and three other racers charged a $500 fee to race 60-mph cars. If the promoter didn‘t clear $500, the performance was free. Fisher promoted a 24-hour race at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in 1905 (lighting the track with Prest-O-Lite lamps). Fisher sold his one-third interest in Prest-O-Lite, the first company to create gas-fired headlamps for cars, to Union Carbide in 1911 for $5.6 million in stock.

By 1906, Fisher was proposing a facility of long straightaways and sweeping turns to be used for both private testing and an occasional race, pitting the automobiles of different manufacturers against each other. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corp. was formed Feb. 9, 1909, when 328 acres of farmland northwest of Downtown Indianapolis was purchased by Fisher and his partners Jim Allison, Frank Wheeler and Arthur Newby. Fisher drove the pace car (a Stoddard-Dayton) for the first race in 1911.

Fisher literally “invented” Miami Beach, Fla., out of swampland and then the Dixie Highway, so Midwesterners could reach his new playground and the $760 waterfront lots he wanted to sell. However, a 1926 hurricane and the 1929 stock market crash collapsed Miami Beach‘s real estate market and Fisher‘s $50 million fortune. He was bankrupt.

Fisher sold his interest in the Speedway to Eddie Rickenbacker in 1927 to raise money to develop Montauk, N.Y., on Long Island as the “Miami Beach of the North.” The financial depression of 1930 destroyed that dream, too. Fisher turned to alcohol and womanizing during his unhappy second marriage. The grateful folks of Miami Beach gave him a stipend of $500 a month. He died of cirrhosis of the liver June 15, 1939.

Fisher did have a generous side. In 1918, Fisher donated his spot in the family mausoleum in Crown Hill to British Royal Flying Corps captain J.J. Hammond, who crashed during a war bond celebration at the Speedway. Fisher was cremated and his urn remained in Miami until 1943 when it was moved to Crown Hill. Oddly enough, the mausoleum simply says “Fisher” — a contrast to the flamboyant life he lived.

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Starting lineup of the 1911 Indianapolis 500  Indianapolis Motor Speedway Left to right Henry Ford, IMS founders Arthur Newby, Frank Wheeler, Carl Fisher, James Allison  Indianapolis Motor Speedway Ray Harroun‘s bright yellow Marmon Wasp was the only single-seater in the 1911 Indianapolis 500. All other cars carried a driver and a riding mechanic.  IMS photo Ray Harroun winner of the first Indianapolis 500 on May 30 1911.  News photo by Paul Shideler.Buy Photo Roaring around the first turn at speeds of 75 mph, four racers duel for position in the first running of the Indianaolis 500 on May 30, 1911. The cloth covered pits in the lower right hand side keep the hot Indiana sun from the mechanics.  Indianapolis Star file photo May 31, 1911 Indianapolis Star front page announcing the winner of the first Indianapolis 500.  microfilm After leading the entire 1912 Indianapolis 500 race since the third lap, Ralph DePalma‘s Mercedes cracked a piston and with only 2 laps remaining, he and his mechanic Rupert Jeffkins had to push the car across the finish line to take twelfth place. Only cars completing the full 200 laps received any prize money.  Indianapolis Motor Speedway 1913 Indianapolis 500 Mile Race.  File photo Georges Boillot in the No. 7 Peugeot battles Jules Goux in his No. 6 Peugeot during the 1914 Indianapolis 500.  Star file photo Ralph DePalma waves as he takes the checkered flag in the 1915 Indianapolis 500. Note the flagman on the overhead foot-bridge.  Indianapolis Motor Speedway photo The 1915 Indianapolis 500 started four abreast down the main straightaway.  Star file photoBuy Photo This is the starting lineup of the 1916 Indianapolis 500. From far left, No. 17 was driven by Dario Resta who would win the race. No. 28 was Gil Andersen; No. 5 Eddie Rickenbacker; and No. 18 Johnny Aitken.  Paul Shideler / The NewsBuy Photo Louis Chevrolet (left) confers with his mechanic on May 30, 1916 during the 1916 Indianapolis 500 race, in which he finished 12th.  Indianapolis News photo.Buy Photo Ralph DePalma with riding mechanic during the 1919 Indianapolis 500.  Indianapolis News file photo Howdy Wilcox behind the wheel and riding mechanic Maurice Becker in the #3 Peugeot, winner of the 1919 Indianapolis 500 Mile Race.  IMS PHOTO A record-breaking crowd filled the grandstands and swarmed around their automobiles parked trackside along the infield facing the main straightaway as the starting field was moved into position for the 1927 Indianapolis 500-Mile-Race.  Star file Speedway President Eddie Rickenbacker at the wheel of the Rickenbacker Vertical 8 1925 pace car. The car carried the hat-in-ring insignia Rickenbacker made famous as a World War I flying ace.  File photo The Pagoda during the 1929 Indianapolis 500 Mile Race.  file photo Gaston Chevrolet, 1920 winner of the Indianapolis 500.  file photo Pete DePaolo, 1925 winner of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race.  Kirkpatrick photoBuy Photo Drivers line up for pre-race instructions for the 1925 Indianapolis 500.  Indianapolis News Crowds for the 1926 found seating wherever they could in the infield.  Indianapolis Motor Speedway Frank Lockhart holds up a soft drink after winning the 1926 Indianapolis 500. 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Star file photo  STAR FILE PHOTO Mary Fendrich Hulman and her husband Tony Hulman, who were married in 1926, purchased the Speedway for $750,000 in 1945, rescuing the crumbling, weed-infested track and turning it into the premier motorsports showcase in the world.  Star photographer Dale Schofner Tony Hulman and Wilbur Shaw in 1946.  Indianapolis Motor Speedway Race fans jammed the infield of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1946. Many viewed the race from atop the roof of their cars. May 30, 1946  File photos George Robson and his wife in victory lane after winning the 1946 Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. Mechanic Chick Hirashima at right shared in the victory.  File photo. Wilbur Shaw, 1940 Indianapolis 500 Mile Race winner.  File photo Waving his hand in a victory salute, Bill Holland flashes across the finish line in his Blue Crown Special to rack up a new record for the Indianapolis 500. 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Parke RandallBuy Photo 1958 Indianapolis 500 winner Jimmy Bryan receives his kiss from actress Shirley MacLaine.  Indianapolis Star file photoBuy Photo Parnelli Jones takes the checkered flag for the 1963 Indianapolis 500.  Tim Halcomb/The NewsBuy Photo The field at the start of the 1959 Indianapolis 500.  Indianapolis Star file photoBuy Photo Track officials look over the wreckage of Jerry Unser‘s car. During practice in early May 1959 Unser lost control coming out of Turn 4. The car spun and hit the wall, sending it end-over-end down the front straightaway and erupting in flames. Unser died from the burns two weeks later on May 17.  William Oates/The StarBuy Photo Rodger Ward gets the traditional bottle of milk and the victory kiss from actress Erin O‘Brien while his wife looks on. May 30, 1959  Frank Fisse/The Star Cars can be seen still afire as smoke boils up after a fatal pileup at the north end of the main stretch May 30, 1964. 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Schumacher Indiana celebrities or well-known people Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner Tony Hulman, Jr., prepares to say, “Gentlemen, start your engines,” from the back of the pace car before the start of the 1973 Indy 500.  Leroy PattonBuy Photo Salt Walther in the #77 Dayton-Walther car. May 11, 1976  Frank Fisse/The Star Rick Mears, 1979 winner of the Indianapolis 500.  File photoBuy Photo Mary Hulman, chairman of the board of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway gives drivers the command to start their engines for the 63rd 500-Mile Race. May 28, 1979  Vern Atkins/The News Swede Savage in 1973  Indianapolis Motor SpeedwayBuy Photo Sheldon Kinser‘s smoking car comes into the pits during the 1977 Indianapolis 500.  Major Baynes/The StarBuy Photo A.J. Foyt acknowledges the crowd after winning his fourth Indianapolis 500 in 1977  Jerry Clark/The Star On lap 126 of the 1975 Indianapolis 500, Tom Sneva made with Eldon Rasmussen‘s car in Turn 2. 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Noreyko Steve Kinser walks down pit lane during the rain delay during the 81st running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race May 26, 1997.  Paul Sancya Arie Luyendyk, Winner of the 1997 Indy 500 pops the cork on a bottle of champagne in Victory Circle following the 81st running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race Tuesday May 27, 1997. Original image is in the RACE3DONE folder in Scans 7  Rami MaaloufBuy Photo One of the most devastating crashes in Indianapolis 500 history. With less than 10 seconds elapsed in the race, Stan Fox‘s car is cut in half as it is hit by Eddie Cheever‘s car during the 1995 Indianapolis 500. Fox would survive this crash, but would be killed in an auto accident in New Zealand in 2000.  John Chilton/ Indianapolis StarBuy Photo Willy T. Ribbs leaves the pits as photographers record his every move, May 19, 1991. Ribbs made Speedway history, this day, by becoming the first black driver to qualify for the Indianapolis 500. 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