Wednesday, July 13, 2016

500 Facts About the Indy 500-- Part 24: The Borg Warner Trophy

THE TROPHIES

113.  THE BORG WARNER TROPHY WAS INTRODUCED IN 1936.  Crafted out of sterling silver by Spaulding-Gorham of Chicago, it was unveiled at a dinner in New York in February 1936, featuring bas relief sculptures of every Indy 500 winner up until that time.

114.  THE TROPHY IDENTIFIES THE RACE AS THE "INDIANAPOLIS 500-MILE RACE."

Even though at the time it was called the "International Sweepstakes."

115.  The trophy was commissioned by the Borg-Warner Automotive Company, now known as BorgWarner.

116.  At that time, it stood four feet, four inches.

117.  THE ORIGINAL VALUE OF IT WAS $10,000.  Today it is worth well over $1 million.

Win the Race, Get Nice Trophy  --RoadDog

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