The story of the Novi racing engine

Indy historian shares the tale in today’s video

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway historian Donald Davidson shares the story of the Novi, the oh-so-loud supercharged V8 engines that were so popular with Indy 500 fans in the early post-war period.

He also shares the tale of how the community of Novi, Michigan, got its name.


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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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