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Tommy Milton 1923 Indianapolis 500 First Place Trophy

Tommy Milton 1923 Indianapolis 500 First Place Trophy

Exquisite sterling silver bowl (combination of brass and sterling) was awarded to Tommy Milton after winning the 1923 Indianapolis 500 to become the first ever two-time Indy 500 winner. For Milton, this was a crowning achievement in a racing career that defines the word inspirational. In addition to his Indy heroics Milton set 50 board track lap and distance records, won 15 major races over 100 miles, and the American Drivers' Championship for 1921. Even more amazing was that Tom Milton compiled this outstanding record with a serious disability -- 100 percent blindness in his right eye and impaired vision in his left. The 7” tall cup measures approximately 5 ?” in diameter. It his three ornate handles with lion’s head gargoyles at the top of each handle. One side of the bowl is engraved “First Place, I.M.S., May 30, 1923” while a silver crest on another side reads “Tommy Milton, H.C.S. “Special”, Record 108.17 MPH Qualifying”. The third side of the bowl contains an etching of the car Milton drove in the race. EX-MT. Early racing awards such as this rarely come to the market. That this award was owned by Tommy Milton has the greater value of symbolizing a genuine folk hero who refused to let a bad break crimp his competitive fire and pursuit of excellence.


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