The raceworn James Hunt Bell helmet, used throughout the 1976 World Championship winning Formula 1 season,
1975 Snell number A463638, complete with clear visor fitted with cir-clips, painted by Lance Gibbs in black with three coloured stripes and driver's name in white with Goodyear, Marlboro and Texaco sponsors' logos, the internal padding removed from an earlier helmet for driver's comfort, some foam lining now brittle and loose, Velcro strip to outer base to take flame proof collar. Bell were experimenting with narrow apertures in the mid-1970s and Hunt enjoyed the narrow view, which makes this helmet easily recognisable in period photographs, (see page 170, Young, Hunt & Hodges: 'James Hunt, Against All Odds'). There is a hole drilled to right of chinguard fitted with metal tube for driver's water supply and a microphone mesh is also fitted inside chin guard.
- Addendum: The metal pipe fitted to this hemet was used to supply 'medical air' in the event of an onboard fire not for water as catalogued.