From Indy 500 champion To Detroit automaker — that was Ray Harroun’s career path after winning the first “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” 100 years ago, then retiring from competition.

The man who invented the rear view mirror built a popular car at his factory on Michigan Avenue until the economic crash following World War I. But Harroun remained in the auto engineering business and put his skills to work for America in the Second World War.

Get the whole story in this edition of Joe Donovan’s Detroit History report:


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