@JasonPowell - I used to buy "blemished" 4-inch mini cones from Blaze Cone by the case, and stick a clear laser-printed decal on it with the event date and region's logo. Over the years, we have done screen-printed glassware (my old tire trailer is full of broken glasses), trinkets and other stuff from the dollar store, medals for the novices, and basically anything under $2.00.
NYR has a graphic artist among their core members, and he prints up 5x7" color awards on photo paper for each event with really close up pictures of cars being driven at previous events. They add dollar store frames, and it looks like it cost more than $1.15 to produce.
One of the best trophies that we ever came up with was due to forgetting to re-stock on our usual trophies at the last minute. Our local dollar store had aluminum water bottles for $1.00. We added some small club stickers that were bouncing around, and people are still using those one-event trophies 3 years later.
Last year's Solo trophies were small keychain cones with LED lights in them. With "PSCC" printed on them, they were less than a buck each IIRC in a case of 100. The best thing of all is that the box fit in the kitchen sink of our equipment trailer (former camper), so we didn't need to lug trophies back and forth.
For the Solo event that my wife and I chaired last year, she found a goldmine for Kelloggs proof of purchase flaps that were redeemed for all kinds of NASCAR souvenirs that they had. We gave out several Jeff Gordon Snuggies, backpacks, and even had a lifesized Carl Edwards cutout as a trophy. Unfortunately they changed the program for 2015, so that source of free trophies was cut off.
Since RallyCross has much fewer classes, we usually buy actual cheap trophies from Crown Awards. The order is always just under the $100 necessary to get free shipping, so I throw on a Solo #1 PAX and FTD trophy to take it over the threshold.
The best Solo trophies that I ever saw were given out by NNJR-SCCA in the late 1990's. They had a major go-fast parts sponsor on-board, and gave out nice embroidered polo shirts for first place at every event. Second place and lower got screen-printed t-shirts with a big "no cones" logo on the back. I still have a couple in my closet, and wear them on occasion.
Another good source for cheap trinkets is Oriental Trading. They have plastic medals with ribbons for a few bucks per dozen, and have a whole web site full of cheap trophy options. I have also seen clubs print out magnetic business cards for each event and use them as trophies that you can display on your car as the season progresses. It's amazing what you can find for under $2.00 that makes acceptable trophies.....
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