LOS ANGELES — The last “100-Mile-an Hour Club” jacket presented will be sold at auction.
The one-of-a-kind leather racing jacket owned by legendary Indy car driver Wilbur Shaw is set to be sold on Feb. 27 by Nate D. Sanders Auctions in Los Angeles. Interested bidders may participate online.
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 mph 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 was president of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1945. He died in a plane crash in 1954.
Also featured in the Feb. 27 auction is a trophy awarded to Shaw for winning a100-mile race at Northampton n 1926, when he was just 24 years old.
Additional information on the jacket can be found at http://natedsanders.com/Wilbur-Shaws-1935-Indianapolis-500-Jacket—-Give-LOT25583.aspx
Additional information on the trophy can be found at http://natedsanders.com/Trophy-Awarded-to-Wilbur-Shaw%2c-The-Winner-of-The-1-LOT25584.aspx