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Borg-Warner Trophy Heading to Europe for First Time at Goodwood Festival of Speed

A significant slice of the Indianapolis 500 will come to Europe for the first time in its 82-year history, as the Borg-Warner Trophy will be on display during the 25th Anniversary of the Goodwood Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard on July 12-15 in West Sussex, England.

This will be the second time the Borg-Warner Trophy has gone overseas in its existence. The iconic trophy traveled to Japan with 2017 Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato for a nationwide tour last December.

The Borg-Warner Corporation (now BorgWarner Inc.) commissioned the trophy in 1935 for the winner of the Indianapolis 500, when the trophy was valued at $10,000. Standing over 5-feet, 4-inches tall, the Borg-Warner Trophy weighs nearly 110 pounds and includes the face of every Indy 500 winner, cast in silver, since its introduction in 1936, plus the 24 drivers who had already won the race before the trophy’s 1936 debut. 

There are nine Unser driver family faces on the trophy, and one driver – Tom Sneva, the 1983 Indy 500 winner – is wearing glasses at his request, while there are 12 countries and 21 U.S. states represented. Louis Meyer was the first driver to be added to the trophy when he won his first Indy 500 in May 1936.

The trophy will be put on display inside Goodwood House over the Festival of Speed weekend and will be brought out onto the steps of the house twice a day.

Staged every summer since 1993, the Goodwood Festival of Speed presented by MasterCard is the world’s largest automotive garden party; set against the spectacular backdrop of Goodwood House in West Sussex, United Kingdom. Over 600 cars and motorcycles spanning the phenomenal history of motoring and motorsport take part with some of the most legendary figures from the sport, as well as international celebrities regularly attending.

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