Sport: Motor Monopoly

Back in 1929, the twelve cars that were running at the finish of Indianapolis' famed 500-mile Memorial Day race were powered by eight-cylinder engines. But the engineering specialists who design racing autos reasoned that with fewer moving parts, fewer things could go wrong with an engine. Last week, the twelve cars that finished the furious grind at Indianapolis—at speeds up to a record-breaking 121 m.p.h.—were all four-cylinder jobs.

Never before had the engines been more expensively simple, the tuning of them more scientific, nor the field more completely dominated by one man. He was taciturn Lou Moore, 44, whose blue cars with...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!