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Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway, Indiana

Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway, Indiana

Also known as the racing capital of the world, the home of the Indy 500 is now a national historic landmark as well. Constructed in 1909, the Speedway, just outside the city limits of Indianapolis, features a museum with a collection of race cars – IndyCars, NASCAR, Formula One, Sprint, midget cars and more. 960 1280

Robert Laberge  

Bonneville Salt Flats, Tooele, Utah

Bonneville Salt Flats, Tooele, Utah

Covering 30,000 acres of densely packed salty earth, the Bonneville Salt Flats in northwestern Utah are actually the remains of pre-historic Lake Bonneville. But for today’s auto enthusiasts, the Salt Flats are all about speed. Numerous land speed records have been broken here and anyone may bring their vehicle to the Bonneville Speedway for “Speed Week” in August. 960 1280

Witold Skrypczak  

Mercedes-Benz Museum, Stuttgart, Germany

Mercedes-Benz Museum, Stuttgart, Germany

Car fans can drive the Autobahn to Stuttgart, the birthplace of the modern automobile. There they can visit the impressive Mercedes museum (shown) as well as the Porsche factory. 960 1280

JAVIER SORIANO  

North American International Auto Show, Detroit, Michighan

North American International Auto Show, Detroit, Michighan

The annual Detroit Auto Show, held each January, is one of the biggest auto events in the world. Manufacturers unveil new models and concept cars in Detroit. Other large-scale auto shows abound across the U.S., most notably in New York and Florida. 960 1280

Bill Pugliano  

Havana, Cuba

Havana, Cuba

Havana may be the single best locale in the world to ogle classic American cars. After the 1960 embargo, American manufacturers could no longer export to Cuba, but as a result, many Cubans have gone to great lengths to update and maintain their pre-1960 cars. An estimated 60,000 of those vehicles are still on the road. 960 1280

Roberto Machado Noa  

Tesla Factory, Fremont, California

Tesla Factory, Fremont, California

Tesla’s new factory in Fremont, California is a technological marvel, currently open only to Tesla Model S, Model X and Roadster owners, however the company hopes to expand its tour program to a wider public in the future. In the meantime, if you’re one of the lucky few, you need to book your tour reservation at least three to four weeks in advance via email to factorytours@tesla.com. 960 1280

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Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida

Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida

NASCAR’s most prestigious race, the Daytona 500 has been referred to as the Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing. Thirty-minute tours of the Speedway are available to visitors, race schedule permitting. 960 1280

Jerry Markland  

Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, Michigan

Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, Michigan

The Henry Ford which comprises the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn is the largest outdoor-indoor museum in the U.S. Initially built to house the pioneering auto industrialist’s collection of historic paraphernalia, the museum now contains a wide variety of items related to antique machinery, industrialization and popular culture. The Henry Ford is situated between the Ford Dearborn test track and some Ford engineering buildings. 960 1280

Walter Bibikow  

Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo, Texas

Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo, Texas

This public art installation along Interstate 40 in Amarillo, features ten Cadillac sedans from the 1949 through 1963 model years, buried nose down in the earth. Those in the know bring cans of spray paint to contribute to the automotive work of art. 960 1280

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NASCAR Hall of Fame, Charlotte, North Carolina

NASCAR Hall of Fame, Charlotte, North Carolina

A relatively recent addition to car lovers’ must-see lists, Charlotte’s NASCAR Hall of Fame opened in 2010 and honors the greats of NASCAR racing. The Hall of Fame hosts events and exhibits as well as a driving simulator. 960 1280

Bob Leverone  

Monaco Grand Prix, Monte Carlo, Monaco

Monaco Grand Prix, Monte Carlo, Monaco

Since 1929, Monaco has been home to one of the most glamorous and prestigious motor races in the world. The Monaco circuit runs through the city streets of Monte Carlo and along the nearby harbor for the Formula One race each May. Grandstands are set up in key locations for viewing. 960 1280

Mark Thompson  

Petersen Automotive Museum, Los Angeles, California

Petersen Automotive Museum, Los Angeles, California

Occupying a full block on Los Angeles’s Miracle Mile, the Petersen Automotive Museum is among the largest car museums in the world. Its twenty-five galleries showcase one hundred cars, while another hundred cars remain in its “vault.” 960 1280

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Ferrari Factory and Museum, Maranello, Italy

Ferrari Factory and Museum, Maranello, Italy

Ferrari owners describe their visits to the company’s factory in Maranello Italy as a “religious experience.” Located not far from Modena, Italy, Ferrari has been producing cars here since the 1940s. The adjoining museum features sports cars as well as Ferrari memorabilia. 960 1280

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Carhenge, Alliance, New England

Carhenge, Alliance, New England

Like Cadillac Ranch, Carhenge is a large-scale outdoor art installation composed of vintage automobiles. With 39 vehicles arranged in a circle and spray-painted gray, the piece is supposed to replicate England’s Stonehenge. 960 1280

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Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Pebble Beach, California

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Pebble Beach, California

Better known as the venue for an annual PGA tournament, the Pebble Beach Golf Course hosts the annual Concours d’Elegance each summer. The event showcases perhaps the best examples of collector cars in America and caps off Monterey’s annual Car Week the third week of August. 960 1280

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Motorcycle Maddness hits Daytona Beach during Bike Week, a gathering of motorcycle riders and fans from all over the world. 960 1280

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Daytona Bike Week also called Daytona Beach Bike Week, is a motorcycle event and rally held annually in Daytona Beach, FL. Approximately 500,000 people make their way to the rally area for the 10-day event. The festivities include motorcycle racing, concerts, parties, and street festivals. 960 1280

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Only motorcycles are allowed to drive along this stretch of Main Street during the first three days of Bike Week in Daytona Beach, FL. The event is usually held on the first full week of March and contends with the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally as the most popular motorcycle rally in the United States. 960 1280

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The Sturgis Rally in South Dakota is one of the biggest motorcycle rallies in the US, with concerts, exhibits and, of course, thousands of bikers riding and racing with fellow motorcycle enthusiasts. 960 1280

Sturgis.com  

Racer John Cluzel strives to hit top speed at the Red Bull Indianapolis GP Motocross at the Indianapolis Speedway. 960 1280

Shawn Gritzmacher  

The strongest competitors gather at the podium at the Red Bull Indianapolis GP Motocross, including Pol Espargaro, Nicolas Terol and Sandro Cortess. 960 1280

Ron McQueeney  

Thousands of riders rally at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, at Rolling Thunder held each year on Memorial Day weekend to honor American veterans. 960 1280

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Riders cross the Potomac River via the Memorial Bridge to head to Washington's Rolling Thunder. 960 1280

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The Cannonball Bike Run brings together riders, known as Cannonballers, for 6 days of fast riding and partying on super high-performance bikes. 960 1280

Cannonball Bike Run  

Rallies are a time for bikers to meet up and ride together with other motorcycle enthusiasts and explore new terrain. 960 1280

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The Harley Love Ride heads up San Fernando Road in Glendale, California. 960 1280

Simon Cherpitel / Love Ride Foundation  

Bikers' favorite, the Harley Love Ride, was cancelled in 2009-2010, but organizers promise it will be back again in 2011, drawing riders to southern California. 960 1280

Erin Null / Love Ride Foundation  

Concours d'Elegance 960 1280

Concours d'Elegance  

BEIJING 2008

BEIJING 2008

Michael Phelps of the United States competes in the men's 200-meter butterfly final at the National Aquatics Centre during day 5 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Phelps finished the race in 1.52.03 -- a new world record.  960 1280

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ATHENS 2004

ATHENS 2004

Pyrros Dimas of Greece jumps in the air as he celebrates a successful lift in the men's 85 kg category weightlifting competition during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games at Nikaia Olympic Weightlifting Hall. 960 1280

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SYDNEY 2000

SYDNEY 2000

Xuan Liu of China in action at the women's gymnastics beam final in the Sydney Superdome on day 10 of the 2000 Olympic Games.   960 1280

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ATLANTA 1996

ATLANTA 1996

Igor Potapovich of Kazakhstan soars through the flame-lit sky to clear the bar and claim fourth in the pole vault at the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta.  960 1280

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BARCELONA 1992

BARCELONA 1992

Michael Jordon, Scottie Pippen and Clyde Drexler receive their gold medals as members of the US basketball "dream team" during the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. 960 1280

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SEOUL 1988

SEOUL 1988

Greg Louganis of the U.S. diving team sets himself for a dive in the springboard event at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, where he won the gold with a score of 730.80 points. 960 1280

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LOS ANGELES 1984

LOS ANGELES 1984

Carl Lewis of the U.S. receives the baton from teammate Calvin Smith as he brings the team to victory with a new world-record time of 37.83 seconds in the 4x100-meter relay during the 1984 Olympic Games at the Coliseum Stadium in Los Angeles.  960 1280

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MOSCOW 1980

MOSCOW 1980

Maria Caridad-Colon of Cuba in action during the women's javelin event of the 1980 Olympic Games at the Lenin Stadium in Moscow. Caridad-Colon won the event with a distance of 68.40 meters. 960 1280

Tony Duffy/Allsport   

MONTREAL 1976

MONTREAL 1976

Bruce Jenner of the U.S. celebrates during his record-setting performance in the decathlon at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal.  960 1280

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MUNICH 1972

MUNICH 1972

Competitors rise out of the blocks at the start of the men's 200 meter final at the Olympiastadion in Munich.  960 1280

Tony Duffy/Allsport/Getty  

MEXICO CITY 1968

MEXICO CITY 1968

At the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos performed their Black Power salute, a human rights protest and one of the most overtly-political statements in the 110-year history of the modern Olympic Games. 960 1280

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TOKYO 1964

TOKYO 1964

The start of the 100-meter butterfly swimming race at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. 960 1280

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ROME 1960

ROME 1960

Abebe Bikila of Ethiopia, running barefoot, draws away from Abdesselem Rhadi of Morocco near the finish of the marathon at the 1960 Rome Olympics. He went on to win with a new Olympic record time of 2 hours, 15 minutes and 16 seconds.  960 1280

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MELBOURNE 1956

MELBOURNE 1956

Chris Brasher of Great Britain during the steeplechase final event at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. 960 1280

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HELSINKI 1952

HELSINKI 1952

Nina (Romashkova) Ponomaryova of modern day Russia, represented the Soviet Union. Here, she throws the discus at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. She won the Soveit Union's first Olympic medal and set a new Olympic record. 960 1280

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LONDON 1948

LONDON 1948

Danish competitor Major N Mikkelsen fails to win the jumping test event as his horse demolishes a fence at the 1948 Olympics in London. 960 1280

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BERLIN 1936

BERLIN 1936

American athlete Jesse Owens runs at the 1936 Olympic Games in Germany, where he won four gold medals. Behind him, an athlete wears a swastika on his vest. 960 1280

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LOS ANGELES 1932

LOS ANGELES 1932

Thomas Hampson of Great Britain breaks the tape ahead of Alexander Wilson of Canada to win gold and set a new world record at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1932. 960 1280

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AMSTERDAM 1928

AMSTERDAM 1928

The Chilean goalkeeper fails to prevent Portugal from winning at the Amsterdam Olympics in 1928. 960 1280

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PARIS 1924

PARIS 1924

Preliminary rounds in the water polo competition take place in the pool at Piscine des Tourelles during the Paris Olympics in 1924. 960 1280

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ANTWERP 1920

ANTWERP 1920

Suzanne Lenglen of France competes in the women’s tennis event during the 1920 Olympic Games in Antwerp, Belgium. 960 1280

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STOCKHOLM 1912

STOCKHOLM 1912

The opening ceremonies of the 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm. 960 1280

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LONDON 1908

LONDON 1908

Women archers participate at the 1908 London Olympics. 960 1280

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ST. LOUIS 1904

ST. LOUIS 1904

The 100-meter freestyle race, which was won by Hungarian swimmer Zoltan Halmay at the 1904 Games in St. Louis. 960 1280

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PARIS 1900

PARIS 1900

The tug-of-war was a controversial affair, with a combined Sweden/Denmark team beating France in the 1900 Paris Olympics. 960 1280

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ATHENS 1896

ATHENS 1896

The start of the 100-meter sprint at the first Olympic Games of the modern era in 1896 in Athens. 960 1280

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