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  1. Randy Abercrombie

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    Watching the Indy 500 today. A little factoid one of the announcers shared was the the winners trophy (Borg Warner Trophy) is fabricated of more than 100 POUNDS of silver.
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  3. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    According to wikipedia, it weighs 153lbs and is made from sterling silver. That comes out to 2,063.8449 troy oz of pure silver. At today's value of $14.53/oz, the melt value for the trophy is $29,987.67.
  4. paddyman98

    paddyman98 Let me burst your bubble! Supporter

    I had to look it up.. WOW! :wideyed:
  5. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    How did the winner carry that home?
  6. Randy Abercrombie

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    I bet he made room in his big rig!
  7. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    I haven't watched a Indy race for almost 20 years. Just how big are those cars nowadays? :)
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  8. Randy Abercrombie

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    I been addicted to open wheel racing since I cut my teeth in the late 60’s watching open wheel racers battle on the Oklahoma dirt tracks. A fellow named Jack Zink had several open wheel pilots on those tracks. But the really cool thing was Mr. Zink owned several cars that raced Indy in the 1950’s. Anyway, his driver & crew took on this youngster on as an honorary crew member. I been addicted ever since..... But the cars wheelbase is same as it has always been. With all the modern aerodynamics they look much larger because they are in effect a track bound airplane wing.
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  9. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    I went to a sprint car race track in Louisiana many years ago. That was fun watching them. One guy got knocked off of the track. Two laps later he came flying back in just about where he went out. This guy was 20 feet plus in the air, he landed on the track and completed that heat. He was last but he finished.
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  10. TheFinn

    TheFinn Well-Known Member

    I think the Indy 500 trophy and the Stanley cup are the most beautiful trophies in sports.
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  11. TyCobb

    TyCobb A product of PMD

    They are quite lovely and worth a ton, but I really think NASCAR's Martinsville Grandfather Clock is the coolest trophy around.

  12. TheFinn

    TheFinn Well-Known Member

    Not a cup or trophy. I'm sure the Mrs. prefers it, but you can't feed your dog or have your baby baptized from it.
  13. TyCobb

    TyCobb A product of PMD

    Might not be a cup, but not sure how it isn't a trophy.... :confused:
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  14. TheFinn

    TheFinn Well-Known Member

    It's a clock, that's how.
  15. slackaction1

    slackaction1 Well-Known Member

    I like to look at their TROPHY wife...tooooooooo
  16. midas1

    midas1 Exalted Member

    It's a trophy:
    ". . . something gained or given in victory or conquest especially when preserved or mounted as a memorial. . ."

    Merriman-Webster is our friend.
    This trophy happens to be a decorative item that is also functional.
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  17. Pickin and Grinin

    Pickin and Grinin Well-Known Member

    I'd have to agree that the Martinsville clock is the best on the Nascar circuit.
    Didn't realize that the Indy trophy was worth that much.
    With a very strong back. Not many are going to pick that one up and walk away with it.
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  18. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    I can believe that! :)
  19. Harpo

    Harpo Missing in Action

    The winning drive does not get to take the Borg-Warner trophy home. They receive a smaller replica called the Baby Borg. Each year the winning drivers likeness is added on the trophy. With only 70 squares on the original trophy, a base was added. Borg-Warner_Trophies-baby.jpg

    On the top of the trophy is an unclothed man waving a checkered flag. Because this man is depicted naked, after the tradition of ancient Greek athletes, the trophy is most often photographed so that the man's arm is swooping down in front of him.

    Just to keep this coin related: borg-withCoin.jpg
  20. Randy Abercrombie

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    I did not know that. All my life being a major Indy fan... I never knew the trophy stayed.
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  21. Harpo

    Harpo Missing in Action

    The trophy is almost always on display at the IMS museum. Unfortunately the one time I got to go there, it was behind some velvet ropes. This was as close as I could get: Borg-Warner-TrophyIMS.jpg Borg-Warner-and-Me.jpg

    I really wanted a couple closeups. Alas, it was not to be.

    FYI. If anyone plans to go to the IMS and you want to do the track bus tour, (and it's worth it) call ahead as there's car clubs that rent the track to race on. The one and only day we could go, it was raining and their event was postponed.
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