Description1962 Daytona 500 "Cannon Ball Baker Award" Winner's Trophy Presented to Smokey Yunick. He got his start as a WWII bomber pilot, flying more than fifty missions in a B-17 Flying Fortress named "Smokey and His Firemen" before getting married and moving to Daytona Beach, Florida because "it was warm and it looked good" when he flew above the sleepy little beach town in training. There he would found a business named, with characteristic self-confidence, "Smokey's Best Damn Garage in Town." Little could he have imagined that his proximity to one of the most famous racetracks in America would set him on a course to racing immortality as one of the most decorated mechanics and race car designers in history.
Presented is the greatest prize to emerge from Smokey's bulging trophy case, the trophy awarded to the crew chief of the winning car in the 1962 Daytona 500. Our consignor, Yunick's stepson, reports that driver Edward "Fireball" Roberts received an identical trophy for piloting Yunick's number 22 Pontiac, but that trophy was destroyed in a hurricane, leaving this as the sole winner's trophy for the race's fourth edition.
The striking design of the trophy features five figural automobiles enhancing a loving cup format, that cup artfully engraved with the historic text, "Cannon Ball Baker Award, Daytona International Speedway, 1962 'Daytona 500' Winner." The gorgeous relic is crafted from gold-toned base metal and measures twenty-three inches in height. Minor oxidation throughout, but our catalog imagery should convey that the effect is not at all distracting. A truly thrilling treasure of early NASCAR history. Letter of provenance from Yunick's family (photocopy).
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