You'll have to watch out for flying debris at this school bus race
No, not the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home of the Indianapolis 500. If you like your racing up-close and personal, visit the Indianapolis Speedrome. But this ain’t Formula I. Or even NASCAR. It’s about good ol’ boys racing Mad Max-style junkers around a 1/5-mile oval that’s not much bigger than a Denny’s parking lot. The racing is mind-blowing -- everything from demolition derbies to figure 8 races. Figure 8 races that sometimes use school buses. Like we said, hardcore.
We're home to the oldest shoe store in the US
Stout’s Footwear has been selling shoes at its 318 Massachusetts Ave location since 1886, when Grover Cleveland was president. The store still uses an ancient system of wire-suspended baskets to move product from the backroom to the sales area.
That canal's Italian gondolas are authentic (and weigh one ton each)
Indianapolis has a downtown canal, which is kind of odd. But not as odd as the fact that it’s plied by authentic, Italian-made gondolas piloted by opera-singing gondoliers. Which makes Indianapolis, for some strange reason, one of the few places outside of Venice where visitors can enjoy this Old World staple.
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