Shaw’s 1935 Indy 500 Jacket Earns $15,625
LOS ANGELES – A one-of-a-kind leather racing jacket once owned by legendary Indy race car driver Wilbur Shaw sold Thursday evening for $15,625, which includes the buyer’s premium.
The leather “100 Mile-an Hour Club” jacket was auctioned by Nate D. Sanders Auctions in Los Angeles.
The unique jacket was presented to Shaw and 11 other Indianapolis 500 drivers by Champion spark plug ad executive, M.C. DeWitt for being the first to surpass an average of 100 miles per hour during the Memorial Day weekend classic. DeWitt founded the ”Champion Spark Plugs 100 mph Club” in 1925.
Shaw was the 12th and last recipient of the special jackets. The brown leather jacket is fully lined and features a yellow club applique embroidered with Shaw’s name.
Shaw went on to win the Indianapolis 500 in 1937, 1938 and 1940 and would become president of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1945. He died in a plane crash in 1954.