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

Summary

Sam Buck and/or Bob Thompson wore this helmet in the Slingshot Dragster they raced in the early 1960s. Their Bell 500-TX helmet was top of the line at the time, used by professional drivers in stock cars and Indy cars. But its open-face design and relatively thin interior padding would make it unacceptable in any form of organized motorsport today.

Sam Buck and/or Bob Thompson wore this helmet in the Slingshot Dragster they raced in the early 1960s. Their Bell 500-TX helmet was top of the line at the time, used by professional drivers in stock cars and Indy cars. But its open-face design and relatively thin interior padding would make it unacceptable in any form of organized motorsport today.

Artifact

Crash helmet

Date Made

circa 1960

Henry Ford Museum
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Driven to Win

Object ID

2007.45.2

Credit

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

Material

Plastic
Polyurethane
Leather
Steel (Alloy)

Color

White (Color)
Black (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 8.75 in

Width: 7.5 in

Length: 7.5 in

Inscriptions

label on front: BELL / 500-TX label on back: APPROVED BY / SNELL MEMORIAL FOUNDATION / SAN FRANCISCO / SERIAL No. (number is worn off)

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