Team Penske founder Roger ‘The Captain’ Penske received a very special gift to celebrate his 80th Birthday.
Team Penske restored a transporter which delivered the winning car to the 1972 Indianapolis 500, Penske’s first of a record 16 Indianapolis 500 victories, the McLaren was driven by Mark Donohue.
The ‘Blue Hilton’ have been fully restored and repainted using PPG paint. Speaking about the transporter, Team Penske President Tim Cindric commented by saying:
After we confirmed that it was, in fact, the Blue Hilton that was for sale, I called Brian Hard (president of Penske Truck Leasing) and we agreed that we had to find a way to bring her back to life. “This transporter was there when the foundation was laid for Team Penske and it is symbolic of the way in which we operate today. Everyone at PTL did an unbelievable job restoring this vehicle. I can’t wait for Roger to see it in person, as it is something he will cherish.
The restoration project took over 8,000 man hours. Speaking about the project Team Penske Historian Bernie King commented by saying:
When you talk with the crew members that drove and worked out of this transporter over those years, and you look at the photos from the many cars it carried, you see how the Blue Hilton was an integral part of our history. “It’s certainly very much a part of the Team Penske heritage. Everyone at Penske Truck Leasing that was involved did a fantastic job of restoring this truck to how it was when it ran and carried many of the team’s winning cars.