Sunday, May 15, 2016

500 facts: The Borg-Warner

The trophy was first awarded 80 years ago

Posted By on Sun, May 15, 2016 at 1:48 PM

Later this month, NUVO will present 500 facts about the Indy 500. Between now and then, we'll be sharing five facts per day from our upcoming story. Guess what turns 80 this year?

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113. The Borg Warner trophy was introduced in 1936. IMS: “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 ‘500’ winner up until that time.”

116. At that time, the trophy stood at 52 inches.
Or four feet, four inches.

117. The original value of the trophy: $10,000. Now it’s worth well over $1 million.

123. The only portrait that’s not of a winning driver on the trophy: Tony Hulman. His face — sculpted in gold — was added in ’87.

126. Tom Sneva’s the only face on the trophy wearing glasses. That was Sneva’s request after he won in ’83.

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