Friday, August 10, 2012
New NASCAR trophy adds to creative array
By Patrick Dorsey
Coming Sunday to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen: The above winner's trophy, a unique work designed and created by Corning (N.Y.) Museum of Glass artist Eric Meek, one that -- per NASCAR's official release, "encompasses key aspects of the Finger Lakes Region, including The Glen’s iconic blue guardrail, the Finger Lakes and ... glass."
It also adds to a long line of creative NASCAR trophies, ones that often incorporate local themes and bring life -- literally, in one case -- to the post-race podium.
Check out some of our previous favorites:
Grandfather Clock, Martinsville
Awarded since 1964, this special item -- seen with Richard Childress, left, and Kevin Harvick in March -- stands about seven feet tall and a few years ago was valued at $10,000.
Miles the Monster, Dover
This trophy, seen here with Matt Kenseth in 2011, is a miniature version of the "Monster Mile's" monster, Miles.
Giant Lobster, New Hampshire
In 2009 Joey Logano took this "trophy," which meets a rather morbid fate, if you're an animal lover and/or non-seafood eater.
Cowboy Hat & Boots, Texas
Denny Hamlin is from Virginia, but here in 2010 he got sooooo Texas.
Ethanol Pump, Iowa
American Ethanol is a key sponsor at Iowa; no wonder it inspires trophies, like this one won by Kyle Busch in 2010.
The Wrench, Las Vegas
A trophy with utility? No wonder Tony Stewart was happy when he won this 16-pound piece of aluminum in March.
Wine & Glass, Sonoma
Speaking of trophies with utility, California's wine country happily offers wine and wine glass to the victor; this year it was Clint Bowyer.
Harley J. Earl, Daytona 500
This decades old-yet-still distinctive trophy, seen here with Jamie McMurray (left) in 2010, can stand up next to the Indianapolis 500's Borg-Warner (seen with Dario Franchitti; owner Chip Ganassi is in the middle).
The Sprint Cup Series Trophy
Beauty and craftsmanship collide, as Tiffany & Co. designed this special piece of sterling silver. It stands two feet tall, stands 27 pounds and, according to NASCAR, "takes nearly four months [to craft] and at least eight Tiffany & Co. Master Craftsmen work on the cup." Furthermore, "approximately 80 hours of etching are necessary to create the flag’s checkered pattern."