James Hunt's Bell helmet, used during 1968-1971 Formula Ford and Formula 3 races,
Lot 247
James Hunt's Bell helmet, used during 1968-1971 Formula Ford and Formula 3 races,
£5,000 - 7,000
US$ 8,400 - 12,000
Auction Details
Lot Details
James Hunt's Bell helmet, used during 1968-1971 Formula Ford and Formula 3 races,
Bell Star helmet with 1968 Snell number A361188, 7 1/8 size Bell-Toptek, painted black with drivers name and three coloured stripes representing his old school Wellington College, blood type 'GP.A RH. POS' painted on the crown, overall worn with evidence of accident damage and scorching to rear of helmet, fitted with visor, together with a photograph depicting the accident at Zandvoort on 16 May 1971 in the March-Holbay 713S, that damaged the helmet, 32 x 43cm, mounted on card, the back stamped 'Copyright Cor Bruinsma Fotograff...Amsterdam-Z'.

Footnotes

  • On the 16 May 1971 while competing in heat 2 of the formula 3 races at Zandvoort, Hunt suffered a very serious looking accident when he went off at Tarzan on lap 11, he overturned his March and the rollbar was ripped off, luckily he wasn't wearing crotch straps and slid down in the car and was very fortunate to escape injury, this helmet bore the brunt of the impact, it took eight people to lift the car and extract a dazed Hunt from the wreckage. The helmet is offered for sale at auction from the collection of photographer Miss Chantale Lecluse. Miss Lecluse and James Hunt were in a relationship from 1971 to 1974, and during this time they lived in a London flat. According to information supplied by the vendor, this helmet was never used again and stored on a shelf in the flat. At the end of their relationship, they moved out of the flat and parted ways, at that time this helmet was left to the vendor.
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