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Event Coverage Show Awards, Something Besides Plastic Trophies Or Plaques?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Crazy Steve, Oct 18, 2021.

  1. Plastic Trophies

    0 vote(s)
  2. Plaques

    2 vote(s)
  3. Cast Aluminum 'Show Winner' plaques similar to club plaques

    6 vote(s)
  4. Other

    8 vote(s)
  5. 'Home made' awards

    26 vote(s)
  1. WB69
    Joined: Dec 7, 2008
    Posts: 1,713


    Not a big fan of the scrap iron, but I do like this one. I would prefer something useful and it doesn't have to be much. Have boxes of trophies setting on shelves gathering dust in one of my buildings.
  2. The problem with 'home made' awards for whoever is promoting the show is coming up with them. Particularly if you need a lot of them. Without getting into the politics of show awards, the shows I'm involved with hand out a lot of awards (usually around 30 give or take) as that attracts cars who pay entry fees, and the fees allows the club to make donations to local non-profits and scholarships. The more money you shell out for awards, the less you have for donating.

    There's a few shows around that specialize in metal home-made awards, but those have a dedicated member willing to do most/all the work and has a source for the parts; not something that's so easy to find these days. The nearest machine shop to me is over 40 miles away, and I ain't as young as I used to be. Spending hours at my welding table on a deadline isn't in the cards anymore.

    And anybody who pisses off their SWMBO, you better hope that she doesn't use a home-made trophy to brain you, it could prove to be fatal! LOL
  3. I won this sometime in the '70's. Something useful rather than a dust collector. Cash is good too.
  4. None of the above, I prefer the CASH awards. :D HRP

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  5. Blake 27
    Joined: Apr 10, 2016
    Posts: 1,112

    Blake 27

    A trophy I built for the Sacramento Autorama. DSC01599.JPG DSC01597.JPG
  6. KevKo
    Joined: Jun 25, 2009
    Posts: 633

    from Motown

    For legitimate reasons you don't want to spend much money or time. So you need a large number of cheap and easy awards. You can print Certificates on a PC and mount on wood or put in a cheap frame. Or glue a Hot Wheel car to a piece of wood. I've won such awards at model car contests.
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  7. neilswheels
    Joined: Aug 26, 2006
    Posts: 961

    from England

    I've had the good fortune to win a few, the 'cup's are stashed in a dark dusty cupboard, the one that's on the wall is a metalflake painted moon disc with a bit of striping and lettering. Hand made are generally best. Have you seen the sponsored trophies there were given away at the Gathering at the ROC? Some really nice hand made one off stuff anyone would be happy to show off.
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  8. jnaki
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
    Posts: 6,218


    4”X8” Long, finished wood base, felt bottom


    There are plenty of forged connecting rods for a multiple bunch of home made trophies. The piston and rod look has been used plenty of times and something different is open for design and completion.

    Of course, sandblasting to get them clean, finish the 4x8 in wood base and put on a felt bottom. Attach the forged rod at an angle, giving you two spots for a good connection glue or “L” brackets. For fancier engraving or photo insertion, use the crankshaft opening to insert the additional plate/personalized photo surface.

    The base will have the standard brass removable plate with the name of the big event. The right side of the plate will remain blank for later engraving of a name or winner.

    The small plate will designate the name of the event or organization.

    Since there are more plastic formed hot rod designs, the variations for different classes or awards is always used. But, if no plastic is necessary, there are cast metal forms of hot rods and sedans topper models for a solid feel and look.


    I made several trophies or gifts, with a hand shaped small surfboard and had the local trophy shop make the plates. They weren’t for car shows, but the idea of home made trophies seems better. Although, give yourself plenty of time to create and finish each one.

    The hardest part was making the little surfboard similar to the one the person was riding at the time. That went over big time. But, the colors, pinstriping tape for the stringers and hand painted flames or color designs were put on the smooth surfaces. YRMV

  9. I like the small plaques, that I can put up on the wall with other photos or posters. Don't take up space, and can trigger some good memories.
  10. 19Fordy
    Joined: May 17, 2003
    Posts: 7,298


    Now days it would be great to give credit cards for various amounts.
  11. Sky Six
    Joined: Mar 15, 2018
    Posts: 1,882

    Sky Six
    from Arizona

    I won a "Best engine" handmade trophy with my way OT T bucket. It had a bent rod, a piston that the dome had been dented with a ball ping hammer, and some valve springs. It was painted flat black, nicely pinstriped, and the base was 1/4" plate. The problem was, I had a hard time lifting the damn thing.
    20211020_105843[5440].jpg 20211020_105809[5439].jpg These were nice, classy, and different.
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  12. Gizzy
    Joined: Jan 20, 2008
    Posts: 713

    from N.W,Ohio

    I probably have at least 50 trophy & plaques. I do appreciate receiving them.I have sponsored trophies for Cancer events...$20 is the average.
    . The best one I have is from a local end of year run called "The Fun Run".The club makes a huge iron kettle of ham & beans w/cornbread. Coolers full of pop & water. Everything is free,but everyone usually makes a donation.Now for the "trophy " stuff.Trophys are collected all year by the club.Everyone gets a trophy.You may get a 1st place Soccer , Top salesman, it may be a small 6" trophy, I've seen 6ft trophies that guy have trouble getting in their 32 coupe. The last one I got has a flying witch with some hind of do- dads attached. The club uses whatever they collected to make trophies. Bottom line is no winners or losers...just a super good time
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2021
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  13. Roothawg
    Joined: Mar 14, 2001
    Posts: 21,966


    Maybe @guthriesmith can post pics of our most recent trophies. Jeff found a guy that adds some really cool aspects to our trophies.
  14. guthriesmith
    Joined: Aug 17, 2006
    Posts: 5,659

    1. H.A.M.B. Chapel

    Yea, we have been doing the same basic awards for a few years now. It helps that I have access to a waterjet at work to cut out the parts. I have sort of worked out an assembly process that makes them fairly easy to assemble, but they are also not the same as most other awards. We have done both pinstriping and lettering on them or more recently Alan Childers has been doing some sharpie artwork on them. Here are a few examples. They are just 4 pieces of steel that are cut on a waterjet then solid-riveted together sitting on a painted wood base. We have considered doing something different, but so far, doing them this way has been sort of hitting the "easy" button.



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  15. Roothawg
    Joined: Mar 14, 2001
    Posts: 21,966


    The guy never ceases to amaze me with a sharpie.
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  16. CME1
    Joined: Aug 10, 2010
    Posts: 203


    A local Lions Club collects donated used trophies, removes the printed plates and replaces them with new ones. Saves a lot of money. To most award winners, it's the fun of having your car receiving an award. Then what to do with the award once you get home!
  17. goldmountain
    Joined: Jun 12, 2016
    Posts: 3,098


    This really isn't an award, but I want one. IMG_1285 - Copy - Copy (2).JPG
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  18. KevKo
    Joined: Jun 25, 2009
    Posts: 633

    from Motown

    ^I've seen vacuum formed plastic license plates before. That might make a neat award. I've seen home made vacuum machines too.
  19. 1pickup
    Joined: Feb 20, 2011
    Posts: 1,105


    I recently (10/2) put on a car / music show and my bro & I made these to give out. Pinstriped by my buddy Johnny B Good. Couldn't make it just a traditional show, as the owner of the bar we held it at wouldn't have understood me turning people away. Bottom left w/ torque wrench: TWISTED WRENCH AWARD went to a dually crew cab (former show) truck w/ a LOT of mods. Center bottom: MOST JACKED UP AWARD went to a high riding Ranger 4X4 - I even put springs under the plaque. Bottom right: PERFECT PATINA AWARD went to an awesome Chevy AD truck w/ all the hard work covered up by an old looking body. The rusted metal piece was cut out of a floor patch I had on my '39 Ford since the 70's. Center left: MOST TRADITIONAL AWARD was an old side mirror that reads "Refections of the Passed." It was given to a bitchin' Deuce 3 window w/ flathead. Next to that is the RATTIEST ROD AWARD. There really wasn't a rattiest rod, so it did go to an old flat black coupe. Left rear: WILDEST PAINT AWARD went to a mini (pedal car sized) '40 Willys truck. The 2 in the right rear: I made the guy holding the barrel out of Pontiac timing gears & SBC valve train parts. THE BARREL'S BEST (show was at the Barrel Inn Bar, thus the little barrel I found on eBay) was awarded by the bar owners to a very nice '65 Impala. And finally, the bowling pin- FINEST LINES: best use of pinstriping went to a '63 Cad.
    Had a bunch of fun making these, & they were appreciated more than some plastic crap trophy.

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  20. fabricator john
    Joined: Mar 18, 2010
    Posts: 171

    fabricator john
    from venice fl.

    when i lived in northern virginia i liked a show at the old capitol center grounds in landover md. was a big time ,, the trophys they gave out were engraved belts like the ones boxers or wwf wrestlers get , just the look on guys faces lifting them up over their heads and yelling some strutting required ,,, was awsome ,,allways wanted one ,,
    fabricator john
    miss you dad
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  21. ROBRAM
    Joined: May 4, 2013
    Posts: 54


    Some trophy's are pretty creative, but whatever they give out is fine with me. The main reason we go to shows is to get together with friends.
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    Here is one that I made for last year’s Detroit Autorama that was unfortunately canceled. This was supposed to be the celebrity judges choice award. Home made trophies all the way! @Hobo’s Hot Rod Garage
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  23. 2OLD2FAST
    Joined: Feb 3, 2010
    Posts: 3,511

    from illinois

    Why does everything have to be a competition ? Being able to own & enjoy your car should be reward enough .
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  24. Lil32
    Joined: Apr 4, 2012
    Posts: 2,217


    how would you like this
    looks good on my '32
  25. Flathead Dave
    Joined: Mar 21, 2014
    Posts: 3,457

    Flathead Dave
    from So. Cal.

    Have the winner take a photo with your club then charge the winner $4 for the photo.
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