TOUR Championship: Winning $1.44 Million AND a Vintage Coke Machine

THE WINNER OF THE TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP by Coca-Cola will go home with one of collector Terry Kimble’s restored vintage 1950s Coca-Cola vending machines. Watch the above video to learn about Kimble’s TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola trophy, including the painstaking process that restores the vintage vending machine to its former glory.

Thousands of tiny details go into making a culminating PGA Tour event like the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola a success. No one knows this more than Terry Kimble of Grayson, Georgia.

If you’re a golf or stock car racing enthusiast and haven’t heard of Kimble, you’re likely not alone. Though his name doesn’t circulate through PGA Tour or NASCAR circles, his work does. Twice a year, his machines take center stage, standing in the winner’s circle at the Charlotte Motor Speedway and on display at the entrance to East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.

Kimble is the maker of the trophies—the gleaming, fully restored, vintage, 1950s-era Coca-Cola vending machines awarded to winners of the Coca-Cola 600 and the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.

This year, Kimble took Coca-Cola Journey behind the scenes at Remember When Collectibles, going step by step through the process of fully restoring a 1956 Vendo 44 machine to make it trophy-ready for the 2013 TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.

(Source: Coca-Cola Journey. Used with permission.)

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