1986 Indy 500 Ron Burton Limited Edition Print Signed By Winner Bobby Rahal
Hall of Fame Collection is pleased to offer another ‘exclusive edition’ signed lithograph print. We were privileged to get the three-time IndyCar Champion (1986, 87, 92) and 1986 Indianapolis 500 Winner Bobby Rahal to personally sign a very limited number of Ron Burton’s ‘Gentlemen….restart your engines’ print. The image taken from Ron’s original artwork shows thirty-two cars realigned on the front straightaway of the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway awaiting the restart of the 70th running of the prestigious Indy 500 event. Race winner Rahal has added his signature in pencil to only fifteen of these outstanding 24 x 24inch (61 x 61cm) archival art paper prints and it is the only edition of these prints that Rahal has signed.
The 1986 race was peppered with disruptions including being rained out on the original date and having to be rescheduled the following weekend. When Mary F. Hulman gave the “Gentlemen start your engines” command the field pulled away for the parade and pace laps. On the final pace lap, Tom Sneva veered off-course and wrecked his machine at the exit of turn two. Further down the backstretch a massive smoke bomb was set off by some unruly spectators covering the track in smoke. A yellow caution flag was displayed, and the start was waved off. Next time by, the field was red-flagged and halted on the front stretch while Sneva’s damaged car was removed. Race officials determined that the field had burned fuel unnecessarily and a decision was made to replenish each of the 32 remaining cars’ pitside fuel tanks, thus delaying the start by over a half-hour. Once everything was reset Mary F. Hulman gave her day’s second command “Gentlemen restart your engines”. The race unfolded as a three-way battle between polesitter Rick Mears, Kevin Cogan, and Bobby Rahal. Cogan would take the lead with thirteen laps to go, but an accident caused yet another caution flag to come out. The race restarted with just two laps remaining and second place Rahal got the jump and grabbed the lead pulling away from the rest of the field to take the chequered flag. Rahal completed the 500 miles (800 km) in 2 hours, 55 minutes, 43 seconds, becoming the first driver to complete the Indianapolis 500 in less than three hours. However it was a bittersweet victory for Rahal and the team as his good friend and team owner Jim Trueman, who was stricken with cancer, sadly passed away eleven days after the victory.
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Each print is signed and numbered out of 15 and comes with a Certificate Of Authenticity