Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Seven Secret Indy 500 Remnants-- Part 9: Umbrella Mike's Garage

Boyle's chief mechanic was the vaunted Harry "Cotton" Henning, whose brother (this is beside the point of being an interesting point in itself) was the TV visionary Paul Henning.  Paul Henning dreamed up the 1960s sitcoms "The Beverly Hillbillies" and "Petticoat Junction" and was executive producer of "Green Acres."

The garage is basically a pile of bricks now, but a nonprofit group has come together to try to restore it.  Progress has been made.  the asbestos and other environmental hazards have been cleared away from the site, and earlier this month some 300 people attended a fundraiser that raised $60,000 for the effort.

For more information on the restoration project go to www.indianalandmarks.org.


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