It's Memorial Day weekend in 1911 - an American institution is about to emerge, engines roaring and tires screeching, to capture the imagination of the public. It's the very first Indy 500.
America is still a rural nation in 1910. Most homes don't have electricity, and less than one percent of the population owns a car. But that changes with the rise of Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, and Thomas Edison, who help foster the economic and technological booms of the early 20th century. Through colorized archival footage and personal home movies, explore the business relationships that transformed America and glimpse into powerful friendships that lasted a lifetime.
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