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The Most Coveted Trophy in NASCAR Auto Racing: A Grandfather Clock! (#013)

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013 - NASCAR Enhanced - AF Public DomainYou have to love NASCAR – if not for the car racing, then for one of its winner’s trophies, a grandfather clock!

Learn more about NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing).

At the oldest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race track, Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway Virginia, the winner is given a Ridgeway Grandfather Clock.

“It” is a seven-foot tall handcrafted Grandfather Clock, manufactured by Martinsville-based Ridgeway Clocks and valued at around $10,000. And, with all due respect to the black and silver Harley J. Earl Trophy and the bizarre Tiffany-designed Sprint Cup (which, by the way, isn’t even a cup) the Martinsville clock is the coolest, most sought-after trophy in stock car racing.

ESPN.com, The Timeless Victory: A Victory in Martinsville means the most to NASCAR trophy lovers, by Ryan McGee

The first grandfather clock was awarded to a Martinsville winner in 1964. The race track owners wanted a way to set apart its races from others and Ridgeway clocks were made three miles from the race track.  It was a prefect marriage.

Ridgeway was acquired by the Howard Miller Corp. in 2004, and the clocks are now made in Zeeland, Mich. However, the corporate headquarters remain in Ridgeway, Va.

“It’s pretty unique to be able to use local workers,” Campbell said about the time that Ridgeway Clocks made the coveted prize locally. “They took pride in the fact that what they made went to the winners here, and famous people got them.”

Grandfather clock unique to Martinsville Speedway, by Nick Gueguen Danville, News & Record (Greensboro, North Carolina)

As seen in this video, the drivers and pit crew go at it with all they have to go after the most coveted prize in NASCAR:

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Can anyone really say owning a clock is boring?  Now you know, the king-of-clocks can be energizing!

Learn more about the history of the “grandfather clock” in Post #005, The Story Behind the Name: The Grandfather Clock.

Be energized – NASCAR style – in your Clockventures!

G Palos

5 Responses to The Most Coveted Trophy in NASCAR Auto Racing: A Grandfather Clock! (#013)

  1. Dale Kiesewetter November 17, 2013 at 11:48 am #

    Thank you for this interesting post. How do you find these things? Do you know if the pendulums are specially engraved? I have seen, in my universityalumni catalogs, Howard Miller clocks with special pendulums containing some engravings related to the university.

    I wonder if Richard Petty or some of the other winners have every posted pictures of their clocks on their website.

    • G.Palos November 17, 2013 at 3:54 pm #

      Dale, many of them, like this one you happen to run accross them on the news as a lead..then off I go to do more research. Its a great learning effort for sure. I tried finding a good picture of the enire clock to see the pendulum, but havn’t been able.

      I would bet that their must be engraving to commorate the event and win, like a trophy. Imaging if one of Richard Petty’s ever goes out for auction?

      Let me know if you find a good clear picture of one.

      Glad you like the article. Cheers!

  2. Dale Kiesewetter November 17, 2013 at 1:08 pm #

    And here is a youtube link to Tony Stewart talking about winning a Grandfather clock.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCfEGnytPo4

    • G.Palos November 17, 2013 at 4:01 pm #

      Tony’s words are encouraging…you find several other videos with other winners saying the same thing. It really is the trophy most drivers want.

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