IMS cleanup: A trashy tradition that stands the test of time

Posted at 6:38 AM, May 31, 2018
and last updated 2022-05-06 19:40:54-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis 500 is a race built on tradition.  

Whether it's singing Back Home Again in Indiana, drinking the milk, or winning a coveted spot on the Borg Warner Trophy, The Greatest Spectacle in Racing is surrounded by tradition. 

However, there's another less prestigious tradition at the speedway -- trash. 

Volunteers have been cleaning up the aftermath of the Indy 500 for years. 

Often used as a fundraising opportunity for non-profit groups, the cleanup usually begins the day after the race. 

Shortly after Rick Mears won his second Indianapolis 500 in 1984, the cleanup at the speedway commenced.

Former Channel 6 reporter Reid Duffy was there to cover the story.

Duffy didn't see the debris as an eyesore, but rather an opportunity to score some tremendous bargains. Duffy found everything from grills and mattresses to folding chairs and chairs that don't fold.

Head back to a very soggy May 28, 1984 in this RTV6 throwback.

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