Indy 500 winner Shaw's memorabilia to be auctioned

INDIANAPOLIS - A collection of memorabilia from three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Wilbur Shaw is set to be auctioned by the late racer's son.

Bill Shaw is parting with his father's racing trophies, a checkered flag ring and about 100 other mementos during the auction Saturday at the Indiana Landmarks Center.

Shaw tells The Indianapolis Star he has pangs about selling the items but is aging and in poor health.

Only two other 500 winners' trophies have been sold, but Wilbur Shaw played a bigger role in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's history. He helped keep the track alive by orchestrating its purchase by Tony Hulman in 1945, then served as its president and general manager until his death in a 1954 plane crash.

This year's race will be run May 26.

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