- American Automobile Association (AAA) Armbands -

1909-1955

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The majority of known American Automobile Association (AAA) armbands from 1909-1955 are made of felt which may suffer damage from moths as seen in the 1941 below. The 1937 and 1938 white AAA's below are made of a thin celluloid type material with an elastic band to secure on ones arm. To distinguish the Speedway from other tracks that the AAA sanctioned, the "500" was sewn onto all* AAA armbands used at the Speedway.

We have no pictures of AAA armbands from the Speedway for the following years: 1909-1936 & 1939. If you have any, please email us (ni500cc@ni500cc.com or dar500@indy.rr.com) a color scan so it can be posted here on the site.

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1937

Note that the armband at right is felt and does not have "500" on it. It is uncertain if this was used at the Speedway or at another AAA sanctioned track.

1938

1940

1941

1946

1947

1948

1949

Note the unusual "Emergency Press Photographer" desigantion of the armband at right.

1950

1951

1952

1953

1954

1955

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Because of the fragile nature of felt armbands, many did not survive making most of them very rare, very tough to find and very desirable. AAA armbands from after WWII do become easier to find, but are by no means easy to find.

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* This information is to the best of our knowledge. If anyone has more information, please contact: NI500CC@NI500CC.COM or dar500@indy.rr.com

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