Racing Helmet Worn by Desire Wilson in Post-Retirement Races, circa 2009

Summary

South Africa native Desire Wilson moved to Great Britain in 1978 and competed in Formula One. Her victory at the British Aurora Championship at Brands Hatch in 1980 -- where she led from start to finish -- made her the first woman to win an F1 race of any kind. Wilson's helmet design was a nod to her nickname, the "African Queen."

South Africa native Desire Wilson moved to Great Britain in 1978 and competed in Formula One. Her victory at the British Aurora Championship at Brands Hatch in 1980 -- where she led from start to finish -- made her the first woman to win an F1 race of any kind. Wilson's helmet design was a nod to her nickname, the "African Queen."

Artifact

Crash helmet

Date Made

circa 2009

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2017.43.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Desire Wilson.

Material

Plastic (Organic material)
Cloth
Metal
Rubber (Material)

Color

Blue
Yellow
Black (Color)
Colorless

Dimensions

Height: 10 in

Width: 9 in

Length: 12 in

Inscriptions

on left and right sides: DESIRE on typed sticker on back of helmet: DESIRE WILSON / D.O.B. 11/26/53 / A POSITIVE / NO ALLERGIES

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