Indy 500 Voice Sid Collins Named To Motorsports Hall Of Fame
January 10, 2011 at 4:12 AM (PT)
The late longtime voice of the INDIANAPOLIS 500, SID COLLINS, is among the Class of 2011 inductees into the MOTORSPORTS HALL OF FAME announced THURSDAY (1/6). COLLINS will be inducted along with DONNIE ALLISON, ROGER MCCLUSKEY, ED MCCULLOCH, AUGIE PABST, BRUCE PENHALL and ED WINFIELD in a ceremony in DETROIT on AUGUST 24th.
Born SIDNEY CAHN, COLLINS, who started his radio career at INDIANA UNIVERSITY and WKMO-A/KOKOMO, worked at WIBC-A/INDIANAPOLIS, where he hosted several shows and covered races as well as serving as an account executive for 18 years. He established the INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY network in 1952, when he moved up to the primary announcer slot for the race.
COLLINS also covered racing for the old TVS syndicated sports network and handled coverage of the annual INDY 500 parade for HUGHES SPORTS NETWORK. He died in a 1977 suicide after receiving a diagnosis of ALS (LOU GEHRIG's Disease).