For most people, the “Month of May” just means 31 days in the middle of the year. If you live in Indiana, however, you know that phrase refers to the run-up to the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day Weekend. We’ll try not to wear you down with Indy 500 content, but the century-old Great American Race contains enough stories that we have to share some of them in the Month of May. With Formula 1 driver and Indy 500 rookie Fernando Alonso running on his first laps in anger at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 3, let’s watch another first-timer tackle the Brickyard in 2012: HOT ROD Magazine writer Thom Taylor.
The MotorTrend YouTube Channel chronicled Thom’s story for HOT ROD Unlimited, a show that predates Roadkill but includes familiar faces and cars. In this episode, Taylor takes some pretty intense parade laps in a vintage Offenhauser-powered Indy Roadster. Indy legend Quinn Epperly built the roadster that Johnny Boyd drove to sixth place in 1959 and Bill Akin restored it back to running order. It’s an intimidating machine, a roadster whose driver sits up in the breeze with no rollover protection to speak of. Thom sets it on fire.
Thom’s run got cut a bit short, thanks to some Roadkill-caliber “debris,” but you can appreciate the Epperly-Offenhauser in its snarling majesty through the video. Like that one? You can watch all of the HOT ROD Unlimited episodes—which include the Crusher Camaro, Freiburger at the Ohio Mile, HOT ROD Drag Week™, and the Draguar—on this playlist right here.