- THE HOTEL GIBSON TROPHY, PRESENTED TO DARIO RESTA AT THE CINCINNATI SPEEDWAY, SEPTEMBER 4TH 1916,
Bonhams | 04-Nov-2016 | London to Brighton Run Sale, Veteran Motor Cars and Related Automobilia | Venue : London, New Bond Street
Category : Automobilia
Lot No. : 122
No longer available - Sold or withdrawn from sale
 
In September 4 1916, Labour Day was celebrated with a 300 mile '1st International Sweepstakes' race at the newly opened Cincinnati Motor Speedway, a two mile board track oval at Sharonville, Ohio. The main prize of $12,000 could be supplemented by smaller prizes, if a driver was leading the race at the 100 mile mark they were awarded The Hotel Gibson Trophy, described by The Cincinnati Enquirer (issue dated Sunday 27 August) as A massive silver affair, which came with a cash prize of $600. Dario Resta out-drove his closest rivals, De Palma, Rickenbacker and Chevrolet to the 100 mile mark to win the Hotel Gibson Trophy, but only finished 7th after the radiator on his Peugeot sprung a leak. Despite the lack of points at Cincinnati, 1916 was a good year for Dario Resta and his Peugeot, taking victories at the Indianapolis '500', The Vanderbilt Cup, Sheepshead Bay, Chicago and Santa Monica Road Races, he won the United Sates National Driving Championship, the first year it had been awarded on points.
 

large ornate silver tyg, marked 'STERLING A2280' under the base, 33cm high, 3365g.