Glimpses of the Past: Feb. 2-8
BROWN COUNTY. Feb. 2, 1956. Bids for the construction of a new school in the Town of Allouez will be opened at Thursday evening, Feb. 16, at Allouez School. The Allouez School Board advertised for bids Wednesday. The school will have 10 classrooms ...
February 1, 2015
Grandfather clock a popular trophy in all of sports
“The original Ridgeway grandfather clock was made just about three miles down the road by Ridgeway Clocks,” Clay Campbell, Earles' grandson and current president of Martinsville Speedway, said. “That was really convenient. It was a hometown company.”....
October 25, 2013
The Best and Worst Race-Winning Trophies in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series
Let's have some fun with this. (So don't take too much offense if your favorite track lands on the wrong side of the list.) As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware, this weekend, it's a great time to pay ...
May 29, 2014
The Timeless Victory
And they don't care that Ridgeway Clocks are no longer actually built in Martinsville, but by its still-new parent company, the Howard Miller Corporation in Zeeland, Michigan. His name was Al, so I named my grandfather clock after my actual ...
March 24, 2009
Alive and ticking
As Jolly grew, he perfected his skills. One day the phone rang and, on the other end was a woman with Zeeland, Mich.'s Sligh Clock Company. "She asked me if I worked on clocks and I said 'Yes,' and she asked me about several kinds of clocks and I gave ...
May 20, 2009
North Carolina drag racing suspect charged with 4th death MIDDLESEX, N. C. (AP) -- A North Carolina man has been charged with a fourth bystander's death during what authorities describe as an illegal drag race last weekend.
As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware, this weekend, it's a great time to pay homage to Miles the Monster. Dover is a demanding concrete track one mile in circumference that long ago earned the nickname the "Monster Mile" and started handing out perhaps the most impressive trophy in the sport. And which tracks sometimes have handed out the worst trophies in recent years. Read on to find out our take on the best and worst race-winning trophies NASCAR has to offer in Sprint Cup these days. OK, we get it. It's Texas, and Texas has cowboys. But a pair of boots on a block of wood is the best you can do. Eddie Gossage, track president at Texas Motor Speedway, is arguably the most creative promoter in the sport these days and is due lots of credit for that. Darlington Raceway is one of the tracks most steeped in NASCAR history. Honestly, it's perfect for a historic race at a historic place. Please take note that even though the latest Southern 500 had a primary sponsor and said sponsor was represented on the top of the trophy, they didn't go crazy with it and kept it classy. That can't be said for some of the other trophies that have been handed out lately.
In 2007, when then-rookie Hamlin was in the process of remodeling his current home north of Charlotte on Lake Norman, one of his first considerations was visualizing a place to put his Martinsville Grandfather Clock…even though he hadn't won one yet. "I've been racing at Martinsville since I was a teenager," he explained, referring back to his late model days racing out of his hometown of Richmond. "It doesn't matter what race you win there—you get a clock, and I came close a couple of time but didn't get one. "It" is a seven-foot tall handcrafted Grandfather Clock, manufactured by Martinsville-based Ridgeway Clocks and valued at around $10,000. And, with all due respect to the black and silver Harley J. Earl Trophy and the bizarre Tiffany-designed... In 1964, legendary race promoter and Martinsville Speedway owner Clay Earles decided that he needed an award that would distinguish his two events from the other sixty races on the Grand National (now Cup Series) schedule. "My grandfather wanted something that reflected this area and this town," explains Clay Campbell, current president of the Martinsville.
Grandfather clock trophy unique to Martinsville Speedway
Freddy Lorenzen won the first grandfather clock at Martinsville Speedway on Sept. 27, 1964. Ridgeway Clocks made the famous 7-foot clocks near Martinsville Speedway until 2004, when Howard Miller Co. bought out the company and moved operations to Zeeland, ...
October 24, 2013
A New Face for Grandfather Clocks
A balance spring was added to the balance wheel later in the 17th century, but little else changed with grandfather clocks over the next 200 years. In fact, much of it remains the same. With a few exceptions. This spring, Ridgeway Clock Co. of Ridgeway ...
January 9, 2011
Ridgeway clocks reward Martinsville race winners
NASCAR fans know about "the grandfather clock" at the Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville ... and the clocks are now made in Zeeland, Mich. However, the corporate headquarters remain in Ridgeway, Va. The first NASCAR driver to win a clock was the ...
July 29, 2007