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September 29, 2010

The New IZOD Indy Car Trophy: A Work of Art That Sets The Tone For The Future

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 1:41 pm

Any time anything changes in the Indy Car world, traditionalists begin howling as if someone made off with their first born children. We have seen it happen repeatedly through the decades. Personally, I saw it when the first rear-engine machine arrived and started a revolution. It was seen with turbines. Ground effects. cart. Split. You name it. Change means bitching. Sometimes more than others.

Bitching has increased exponentially over the years. It is unclear whether it is due to the human propensity to propel themselves toward hostility or just frustration that most other people have gone stupid or something in between.

The latest thing Indy Car fans say they hate is the new championship trophy. It was commissioned by title sponsor  IZOD and acclaimed sculptor Ted Gall designed it.  The trophy is definitely not of the ‘bowling trophy’ variety some have bitched about in the past. It is bold and is supposed to convey the intertwined nature of man and machine in the 21st century. It is stainless steel and rests on an African Pedauk hardwood base. Classy.

The same guy is responsible for the great art work outside the Barber Motorsports Park museum. The Indy Car trophy is certainly out of the box. For that reason alone I like it. Traditionalists want another Borg Warner or bowling trophy. The problem is that will not differentiate the product substantially from much of anything in the past.

For my money, it gets well deserved kudos. Fantastic. A step in the right direction.

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6 Comments »

  1. Are you on LSD? This is the most idiotic looking thing Ive ever seen. Tony George would never have approved this pos.

    Comment by Eric — September 29, 2010 @ 3:32 pm | Reply

  2. My first thought was “I hope defender is joking with us”.

    My second was “a perfect trophy for the road course champion”.

    My third was that everyone should have listened to Nancy Reagan and should have “Just Said No” when the acid was offered to them.

    Only a really bad trip on LSD could have led to this monstrosity. If this is real (and I still hope this is a gag) its beyond laughing at.

    Comment by Bob F. — September 29, 2010 @ 5:11 pm | Reply

  3. Complaining about a TROPHY? It just goes to show, Defender, that some people are NEVER happy. It’s just the nature of the beast. For the record, I think it looks great–it’s certainly eye-catching.

    Comment by DOUG — September 29, 2010 @ 5:55 pm | Reply

  4. Geez!!! It’s a trophy. It’s for the drivers, not the fans. And I could agrue that that figure on this trophy is the same as the one on the Borg Warner. Some similarities there. It think the man on the Borg Warner has less, if any clothes.

    But big deal!! Anyone fortunate enough to receive one are only concerned on what it represents.

    Comment by M. Miller — September 29, 2010 @ 8:25 pm | Reply

    • If Dario wins the Championship, the trophy will reside in the team shop, the driver will have to order and pay for a copy if he wats his own.

      Comment by rosco — September 30, 2010 @ 7:52 pm | Reply

  5. Well, for once (or heck, maybe even twice … OK … maybe more than twice) I couldn’t agree with you more. Classy. That means most will hate it. — The Ed.

    Comment by K. Lee Davis — September 30, 2010 @ 5:17 am | Reply


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