The Wakefield Trophy was awarded to Major Henry O’Neal de Hane Segrave by wealthy industrialist oil king Sir Charles Cheers Wakefield. Segrave had driven Golden Arrow to achieve a new World Land Speed Record of 231.362mph/372.341kph on 11 March 1929, at Daytona Beach, Florida, USA. The holder of the record was given a silver trophy to retain, along with £1,000 per year by Sir Charles.
Designed by Phoebe Stabler and cast by her husband Harold at their Hammersmith workshop, the hallmarked silver trophy depicts a leaping figure of Jupiter carrying a lightning bolt as a sign of invincible power. Like the Golden Arrow car, the styling reflects that of the Art Deco movement popular during the late 1920s and 1930s.
The trophy was purchased by the National Motor Museum at auction in December 2002, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The trophy is currently on display in the Land Speed Record Breakers Gallery of the Museum.
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