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#1 OFFLINE   Wilbo

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Posted 23 April 2017 - 06:31 PM

Hi

I started collecting model cars back in 1999. Lately, I have been getting into vintage helmets, much to the chagrin of my wife. Does anyone else collect stuff like this? I just wanted to share images of my collection.

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White Everoak 50s/60s helmet (inside is made out of cork and fiberglass and wrapped in leather)

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Posted 23 April 2017 - 06:51 PM

WOW, nice to see the progression of these throughout the years!!! :smile:  Really interesting subject matter Will! :eusa_clap: Cheers! :occasion14:

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Posted 23 April 2017 - 07:10 PM

Theyre all very nice,  love the white one!

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Posted 23 April 2017 - 08:11 PM

I still have all three of the helmets I used during my racing "career", beginning with a white Bell Star I bought in 1976. I also have my original racing outfit, including my one piece driver's suit, Nomex two-piece underwear, sox and hood.  

Not sure I'd call any of it collectible, so much as nostalgic.

Is the foam on the inside of your Star II starting to deteriorate?

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Posted 23 April 2017 - 08:17 PM

View Postibj40, on 23 April 2017 - 08:11 PM, said:

I still have all three of the helmets I used during my racing "career", beginning with a white Bell Star I bought in 1976. I also have my original racing outfit, including my one piece driver's suit, Nomex two-piece underwear, sox and hood.  

Not sure I'd call any of it collectible, so much as nostalgic.

Is the foam on the inside of your Star II starting to deteriorate?

Oh man, that foam is toast, I had to basically scrub and vacuum it out. I'll be using some spray adhesive to make the black inner fabric stick to the inside shell of the helmet so it doesn't fall down.

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Posted 23 April 2017 - 08:27 PM

View Postibj40, on 23 April 2017 - 08:11 PM, said:

I still have all three of the helmets I used during my racing "career", beginning with a white Bell Star I bought in 1976. I also have my original racing outfit, including my one piece driver's suit, Nomex two-piece underwear, sox and hood.  

Not sure I'd call any of it collectible, so much as nostalgic.

Is the foam on the inside of your Star II starting to deteriorate?
Jim, it was shedding worse than a hairy cat in the summer when I got the helmet in the mail.

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Posted 24 April 2017 - 07:52 AM

View PostWilbo, on 23 April 2017 - 08:17 PM, said:

View Postibj40, on 23 April 2017 - 08:11 PM, said:

I still have all three of the helmets I used during my racing "career", beginning with a white Bell Star I bought in 1976. I also have my original racing outfit, including my one piece driver's suit, Nomex two-piece underwear, sox and hood.  

Not sure I'd call any of it collectible, so much as nostalgic.

Is the foam on the inside of your Star II starting to deteriorate?

Oh man, that foam is toast, I had to basically scrub and vacuum it out. I'll be using some spray adhesive to make the black inner fabric stick to the inside shell of the helmet so it doesn't fall down.

View PostWilbo, on 23 April 2017 - 08:27 PM, said:

View Postibj40, on 23 April 2017 - 08:11 PM, said:

I still have all three of the helmets I used during my racing "career", beginning with a white Bell Star I bought in 1976. I also have my original racing outfit, including my one piece driver's suit, Nomex two-piece underwear, sox and hood.  

Not sure I'd call any of it collectible, so much as nostalgic.

Is the foam on the inside of your Star II starting to deteriorate?
Jim, it was shedding worse than a hairy cat in the summer when I got the helmet in the mail.

I was going to wear mine a couple of years ago as a Halloween costume, and took it out of the Bell Helmet bag to try it on, and literally poured foam dust out of it.  Sad to see that it didn't hold up after 35 years!   :rolleyes:

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Posted 24 April 2017 - 07:59 AM

Apparently it's very very common and most helmets have to be restored.

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Posted 24 April 2017 - 09:50 AM

thats a very nice collection there
keep them coming!
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Posted 24 April 2017 - 09:53 AM

My wife might have something to say about that.    They're a lot more noticeable than model cars. Lol

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Posted 24 April 2017 - 01:19 PM

Nice collection!
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Posted 24 April 2017 - 05:37 PM

View Postrodolfo, on 24 April 2017 - 01:19 PM, said:

Nice collection!

Thanks! I'm still learning about the helmets. The tricky part is displaying them.   Not sure where to display them and keep the wife happy at the same time. Shelving would help but we have to buy a new place first.

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Posted 24 April 2017 - 06:17 PM

Fascinating 'alternative' collection theme Wilbo - thanks for sharing!  :occasion14: :10:
And storage shouldn't be a problem if you explain to the Mrs you need some 'head space'! :nice:

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Posted 24 April 2017 - 08:37 PM

View Postmairandeddy, on 24 April 2017 - 06:17 PM, said:

Fascinating 'alternative' collection theme Wilbo - thanks for sharing!  :occasion14: :10:
And storage shouldn't be a problem if you explain to the Mrs you need some 'head space'! :nice:

LOL!  Thanks. I don't think she will go for that reasoning. lol.

Oh I forgot this helmet. I actually started my collection with this helmet, which apparently was used in the 1930s/40s for both auto racing and motorcycling. I was told it was typically used by the Maserati team but I don't believe everything. Who knows?   It's a Geno helmet.   I LOVE the patina and wear on it. Looks great in my case. I also handmade the stand for it.

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Posted 25 April 2017 - 08:02 AM

Wilbo, you inspired me to pull out the three helmets I used during my racing "career".  Your thread brought back a lot of memories, and I appreciate it.

Here is my first helmet, a Bell Star 120 (the 120 refers to the wider opening than the standard Bell Star, allowing for expanded peripheral vision).  It has a 1970 Snell Certification.  Behind it is the first window net I bought to go into the Camaro (a model of which is in the foreground).  Back when I started racing in the mid 70's, window nets were already mandatory in the Sports Car Club of America for closed roof cars.

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Posted 25 April 2017 - 10:01 AM

Wow Jim! Love the helmet, your modded car and the window net.   The 120 looks super cool.  It's hard to find one that looks like that.   Very nice.  Thanks for sharing.

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Posted 25 April 2017 - 12:41 PM

Very cool subject! I like the Bell Star.

I's not uncommon for foam to detoriate, my previous 'daily" helmet, an UVEX Boss (i have a Schubert for holiday trips, when i make a couple of 100s mls in 1 day),
started to de-foam after 7 years, i wore that one for 1000 and 1000s of mls.
I found that out when people started laughing when i showed up at a meeting. My head was covered......   :giggle:

View PostWilbo, on 24 April 2017 - 08:37 PM, said:

It's a Geno helmet.   I LOVE the patina and wear on it. Looks great in my case. I also handmade the stand for it.
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This looks more then just some "patina" to me. Looks like it saved someone brain one day :yahoo:

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Posted 25 April 2017 - 01:00 PM

Had a little fun with the graphic I designed for my name.

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Posted 25 April 2017 - 06:37 PM

If you ever want to sell that helmet, let me know.  I bet you won't.

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Posted 25 April 2017 - 07:41 PM

It, the window net, and the rear spoiler I kept are all I have left of the very short-sighted decision to sell the Camaro. It was a class winner at the 1972 Daytona Continental; and also placed high in the Over 2.5 Litre Class at Sebring that same year.

Hard to see in this poor image, but the Camaro I bought is the blue one on the right, behind the gold and black one.  This was from the Daytona race.

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Michael Keyser, the creator of Toad Hall Racing in 1969, road racing driver and  the producer of "The Speed Merchants" (which tells the story of Keyser's racing and film experience, across the U.S. and Europe, from 1969 through 1972 - I highly recommend the book if you don't have it), also produced a number of photographs of cars in the races he competed in, and this one is from his collection.

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I learned a lot owning it, and perfected some racecraft I used in building my other two racers. I hate I couldn't continue a racing legacy for my son (who is in his mid-30's now - and there's a personal story there as well), so the connection to it runs really, really deep.

Maybe I'll have it tucked under my arm when they lay me to rest.

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Posted 26 April 2017 - 11:43 AM

Awesome info Jim.   We have semi famous people on this board.   Lol.  Here's a link to replacement helmet inner pads.  Not my listing.  

https://www.ebay.com/itm/371465576524


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Posted 26 April 2017 - 04:12 PM

View Postschuifelhoofd, on 25 April 2017 - 12:41 PM, said:

Very cool subject! I like the Bell Star.

I's not uncommon for foam to detoriate, my previous 'daily" helmet, an UVEX Boss (i have a Schubert for holiday trips, when i make a couple of 100s mls in 1 day),
started to de-foam after 7 years, i wore that one for 1000 and 1000s of mls.
I found that out when people started laughing when i showed up at a meeting. My head was covered......   :giggle:

View PostWilbo, on 24 April 2017 - 08:37 PM, said:

It's a Geno helmet.   I LOVE the patina and wear on it. Looks great in my case. I also handmade the stand for it.
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This looks more then just some "patina" to me. Looks like it saved someone brain one day :yahoo:
Oh my! That must have been quite a sight!! Too funny. And yes this Geno helmet is pretty banged up. If only it could talk. I really like the look of it.

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Posted 11 May 2017 - 09:49 AM

More helmets coming!!!  Stay tuned!!




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