Head and Neck Support Device from Lyn St. James' Race Car

Summary

A HANS (head and neck support) device is a compulsory safety item in many racing sports. This tall, stiff collar -- secured with shoulder belts and tethers -- assures the driver's helmeted head moves in concert with the torso. Without this device, the head can whip violently around during a crash causing severe injury or death. This HANS device belonged to Lyn St. James.

A HANS (head and neck support) device is a compulsory safety item in many racing sports. This tall, stiff collar -- secured with shoulder belts and tethers -- assures the driver's helmeted head moves in concert with the torso. Without this device, the head can whip violently around during a crash causing severe injury or death. This HANS device belonged to Lyn St. James.

Artifact

Neck brace

Date Made

1991-2000

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2011.264.41

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Lyn St. James.

Material

Plastic
Plastic foam
Cloth
Nylon
Velcro (TM)
Metal

Color

Black (Color)
Orange (Color)
White (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 7.5 in

Width: 12 in

Length: 12.5 in

Inscriptions

Stamped on back: 30R Decal on back: hans / 650 / Head and Neck Support Decal front: hans / [...] / Hubbard Downing, Inc. Atlanta Georgia / (barcode) / 2875

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