The Bowes Seal Fast Special was first piloted at Indy by Louis Schneider in 1930, with Clyde Terry as riding mechanic. The car qualified 4th at a speed of 106 mph and finished 3rd on the lead lap (finished 200 laps). It ran with a Miller 8 122-ci engine.
The car is restored to its most famous livery as car number 23 and winner of the 1931 Indianapolis 500. Schneider again drove the car, this time with riding mechanic “Jigger” Johnson. The Miller 122-ci engine was bored out to 151 ci, and this is the engine configuration that the car carries today. Qualifying 13th at 107 mph, the car won the race with an average speed of 96.629 mph. The Bowes Seal Fast Special was a prolific performer throughout the 1930s, competing at Indy in eight of the ten years. Ownership lineage for the car is traceable to its original race debut.