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The Wakefield Trophy

Wakefield Trophy side view

a leaping figure of Jupiter carrying a lightning bolt as a sign of invincible power.

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.

The original trophy is made of gold, and is retained at the RAC Club in Pall Mall, London. If won by another nation, the gold trophy would pass to the appropriate national club.

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. Phoebe Stabler, nee McCleish, was a noted modeller specialising in figures of women and children.

Her designs were reproduced by a number of firms in the 1920s, particularly Poole Pottery.

Quick Facts

  • Designer Phoebe Stabler
  • Maker Harold Stabler
  • Made of silver, marble, brass and metal
  • Place made Hammersmith, London
  • Date made 1929

Facts

  • This trophy was purchased at auction in December 2002, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund. It had previously appeared at auction in December 1998, when a private collector acquired it. Until then, the trophy had remained in the care of Segrave’s family.
  • Margaret Rowles (PR Officer) chose this trophy as her favourite object on display at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu. Margaret has been a member of staff at Beaulieu since 1998. Watch the video in the "Gallery" section to see Margaret talk about the significance of this object.

Gallery

Wakefield Trophy
Segrave at celebration reception in London 1929
The Wakefield Trophy

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