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Daily Briefing: IMS Museum turns to crowdfunding to bring back Gurney Lotus; Wade Kawasaki joins automotive icons for Connect2Cars event

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Photo courtesy of The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum is looking to get Dan Gurney’s Lotus 29/1 back on the racetrack. The IMS Museum’s Restoration team are approaching the final stages of making that happen.

The staff at the Museum chose to restore the Lotus because of its historic significance, high interest and value. The project began 18 months ago, but the $103,000 budget is short approximately $15,000.

All funds generated for the Museum will go directly to the $15,000 goal with any additional funds going to the Museum’s future restoration projects. If you would like to donate, visit and to see restoration photos of the Gurney Lotus, visit




Wade Kawasaki will help kick off Concourso Italiano by joining other popular automotive personalities to speak about the car hobby as part of the Monterey car week.

Kawasaki is the President and CEO of Legendary Brands (formerly Coker Group) which includes Coker Tire, Wheel Vintiques, Roadster Wire Wheels and The Great Race. Kawasaki is also actively involved in SEMA as a member of the Board of Directors and he will speak of his many stories about being a passionate collector of vintage and classic cars.

Others who will join Kawasaki include Barry Meguiar of Meguiars car care products, Bruce Wanta, owner of the Mullholland Speedster and Raffaello Porro of the Italian company Studio RPR.

Kawasaki will speak at Connect2Cars which will take place August 14, 8:00AM, at the Clubhouse at Bayonet Black Horse Golf Course in Seaside, California. If you’d like to attend the event, visit