- Indianapolis 500 Pit Badges -

1960 - 1969


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The 1960 badge is a small badge measuring 1 1/16" x 3/4" and depicts a Champion spark plug in front of an aerial view of the Speedway.

Note that the proof or salesman sample above is numbered "0000" as is the 1969 below.

1961 marked the 50th Anniversary of Ray Harrouns victory in the first '500' in 1911 and in commemoration of that win, the Speedway issued a "gold" colored badge instead of bronze. Ray Harroun in the Marmon Wasp is shown at center with checkered flags on each side with the dates "1911" and "1961" on them. The badge measures 1 1/8" x 7/8". There are NO Bastian Brothers name or marks on the back.

1962 depicts the "new" main gate erected sometime in the late 50's. This gate gave way to another "new" main gate in the mid 90's. Measurements are 7/8" x 1 1/4".

The 1963 badge depicts 'Ol Calhoun, the car that officially broke the 150 MPH barrier in 1962 and carried Parnelli Jones to victory in 1963. The '63 comes in at 1 1/3" x 7/8".

The 1964 badge again uses the checkered state of Indiana with an aerial view of the Speedway superimposed which is very similar to the 1958 badge.

For 1965, the Speedway chose to use the "Wing and Wheel" design for a third time. Coming in at a little under 1" x a little over 1 1/2", the '65 is one of the larger badges of the 60's.

1966 depicts a Stoddard-Dayton which was the Pace Car for the 1911, '13 and '14 races. The back states that indeed it was the first Pace Car. The size is 1 1/8" x 3/4"

The 1961 Cooper-Climax driven by Sir Jack Brabham to 9th place in 1961 is depicted on the 1967 badge. That car was the first modern day rear engine car and started the rear engine revolution at Indy which by 1967 was the dominate car in the field with all 33 cars being of a rear engine design. It measures 1 3/5" x 3/4" The "7" of 1967 is sometimes mistaken for a "1".

The 1968 badge uses the same design as the 1958 and 1964 badge except this time a race car is inside the Speedway boundary.

In 1968, the movie "Winning" was filmed at the Speedway and to honor that the Speedway chose to use a movie camera with "Winning" written across the top. At 1 1/4" x 1 1/4", the '69 is one of the largest badges of the 60's. The clasp and pin change in 1969 to a bit lighter design.

1969 proof or salesman sample.

The 1960 through 1969 badges become easier to find as do the BUC's. The 1961, 63, 67 and 69 silvers would be considered the toughest to come by.


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