- Indianapolis 500 Pit Badges -

1980 - 1989


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The 1980 badge marks the last year for the product or service badges and 1980 represents Bear Alignment. The 1980 measures 1 1/4" x 1 1/3" 1980, '81 and '82 have NO Bastian Bros. name or marks on the back

1981 begins the eighteen year run of Pace Car bagdes where the name or the logo of the car maker are represented on the badge. For 1981, the Buick Regal Turbo was the pace car. The badge measures 1 1/4" x 1 1/3"

For 1982 the Chevrolet bow-tie and checkered flag appear and the pace car was the Camaro. The '82 badge comes in at 1 2/5" x 3/4".

1983 was the Buick Riviera. The '83 measures 1 1/8" x 1 1/8". The silver is still in the original plastic bag.

The 1984 badge is the Pontiac Fiero and it measures 1 1/16" x 1 2/5".

1985 is the Oldsmobile Calais and it measures 1 3/5" x 1 1/16". 1985 bronze badges have a problem on the back with cracks around where the number area attaches to the badge.

The 1986 badge is the Chevrolet Corvette and it measures 3/4" x 1 3/4". The Herff Jones Co. took over badge production marking and end to Bastian Brothers Co. thirty nine year run as the Speedways pit badge maker.

The Chrysler Le Baron was the pace car for 1987 and the badge comes in at 1 x 1 3/4". At least 5 different BUC's are known for 1987. Please check out the BUC's page for the full story.

1988 saw the Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme as the pace car. At 1 3/4" x 1 1/2", the '88 is the largest of the 80's badges.

In 1989, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corp. took over from Herff Jones to manufacture the pit badges. Also in 1989, the clasp and pin disappears and a two pin system replaces it. The 1989 pace car was the Pontiac Trans-Am and the badge measures 1 1/16" x 1 1/2".

Because the Speedway had been producing more badges, the 1980 through 1989 badges are all fairly easy to come by. The 1984, '86 and '89 could be considered the toughest of the 80's if one had to choose.


1938-1946 1947-1949 1950-1959 1960-1969
1970-1979 1990-Present Back Up Cards Reproduction Pit Badges


* This information is to the best of our knowledge. If anyone has more information, please contact: NI500CC@NI500CC.COM or dar500@indy.rr.com