In late 1945, Tony Hulman purchased the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and preparations began for a 1946 race soon there after. The 1946 race was a success as a record crowd attended. Tony and Speedway President Wilbur Shaw knew they owed a lot of people thanks for getting this seemingly insurmountable task accomplished. It is *believed the first item they released as a gift of appreciation was a Zippo lighter with a raised wing and wheel on one side and in green letters on the other "From Tony & Wilbur". A similar lighter was released in the early 50's with the wing and wheel with color flags engraved on one side and black instead of green lettering used on the other side.
In 1950, the Speedway began sending sets of glasses out at Christmas time to lap sponsors, employees, vips, friends etc. they were made by the Libbey Glass Co. and usually came it sets of 4, 6 or 8 and had a Christmas card. To settle any confusion over what year a glass is from, if 1950 winner Johnnie Parsons is listed as the last winner on the glass, then this is a 1950 glass NOT 1951.
Libbey made glasses for the Speedway into the 1990's and for most years, the winners from 1911 through the current year will be on one side and the other side will have the wing & wheel logo and signatures. Wilbur Shaw and Tony Hulman from 1950 through 1954 and Tony Hulman from 1956 through 1977. All have *gold rims from 1950 through 1980 with exception of 1955. For glasses during this period some may appear to have the gold rim missing, but this is due to wear.
Perfect rock glasses for your next party. Perfect for the Indy 500 collector. Being sold as a set of 8.
Exceptional tumblers in that they are undamaged, no chips, no cracks, no scratches. Dimensions are below.
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Marked with the Libby symbol.
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PROPS NOT included in offer. Price is for the tumblers ONLY.
H: 3 3/8", Base: 2" , Rim: 3 1/4"
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