Jacket Worn by Drag Racers Bob Thompson and Sam Buck, circa 1960

Summary

This jacket illustrates the state of driver safety in drag racing during the early 1960s. It was regarded as fire-resistant at the time, but no other fire-resistant clothing was required. Drivers typically wore blue jeans, tee-shirts, and no gloves, or perhaps leather work gloves.

This jacket illustrates the state of driver safety in drag racing during the early 1960s. It was regarded as fire-resistant at the time, but no other fire-resistant clothing was required. Drivers typically wore blue jeans, tee-shirts, and no gloves, or perhaps leather work gloves.

Artifact

Jacket (Garment)

Date Made

circa 1960

Creators

Sears, Roebuck and Company 

Place of Creation

United States, Illinois, Chicago 

Creator Notes

Made by Sears, Roebuck and Company, Chicago, Illinois.

Henry Ford Museum
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Driven to Win

Object ID

2007.45.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Buck & Thompson Racing Team.

Material

Suede

Technique

Machine sewing (Technique)

Color

Brown

Inscriptions

Label, inside top center back: HERCULES / FIELDMASTER OUTERWARE/ SEARS, ROEBUCK AND CO., U.S.A. / WASHABLE AND DRY-CLEANABLE SUEDE / DRY CLEANER: USE N.I.D. PROCEDURE RINSE THOROUGHLY IN NEW OR DISTILLED SOLVENT / DO NOT USE STEAM

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