Sale of Sebastian Vettel Helmet to benefit spinal cord research foundation, Wings for Life
As the helmet heats up, so does the design – the risqué pin-up model's clothes decrease with the temperature increase!
Helmet to be auctioned at Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed sale, offered at no reserve, estimated at £10,000 - £12,000
As part of the Bonhams Festival of Speed sale on June 27th, a helmet owned by Formula One racing driver Sebastian Vettel is to be sold with all proceeds to benefit international charity, Wings for Life.
For each race in which he competed, Vettel, a four-time World Championship winner, wore a uniquely designed helmet. Lot 229 of the Bonhams sale is the 'Glamorous Monaco' helmet Vettel wore in 2013. Created by Jens Munser Designs, it was styled to reflect the lifestyle and history of the iconic race track and the Principality of Monaco.
The image on the crown commemorates Sir Stirling Moss's famous 1961 victory, and the back of the helmet features a rather risqué vintage pin-up model, whose clothes become more transparent as the helmet heats up!
Offered at no reserve and estimated at £10,000 - £12,000, the helmet also features Vettel's personal signature, signed and dated 'Monaco 2013'.
On the helmet's debut, Vettel pushed up to finish in second place just 3.889 seconds behind Rosberg who led from the start. Despite not being top of the podium, on lap 77 he set the race's fastest lap with a time of 1:16.577.
Sebastian Vettel went on to win his fourth consecutive World Driver's Championship by scoring 397 points, beating Fernando Alonso, who finished in second place in the championship, by 155 points.
Wings for Life
Wings for Life provide funds for cutting-edge research projects and clinical trials across the globe aimed at accelerating progress towards a cure for spinal cord injury.
Since Wings for Life was first founded, 82 spinal cord research projects have been funded at the world's most well respected institutes and a number of vital breakthroughs have been made.
The charity is supported by many ambassadors who promote their work including Infiniti Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber. The developments in research so far provide strong hope that treatment options are closer than they have ever been.
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