This Simpson helmet was used by NASCAR legend Fred ‘Freddie’ Lorenzen during the ESPN sponsored ‘Fast Masters’ series back in the summer of 1993.
The all-white helmet has the ‘Fast Masters Championship’ oval logo and the Jaguar lettering and Leaping Cat logo below on both sides. Lorenzen’s ‘Freddie’ moniker is on either cheek and the Simpson black visor strip has his surname.
Back in the summer of 1993 some of racing’s biggest names came out of retirement, from IndyCar to Sports Cars to NASCAR and even the NHRA, to race in an ESPN sponsored ‘Fast Masters’ series with the winner taking home $100,000 in prize money.
Many aging racing stars, including the likes of Parnelli Jones, Johnny Rutherford, Bobby Unser Bobby Allison, Fred Lorenzen, Derek Bell, George Follmer, Ed McCulloch, Eddie Hill, and Paul Newman, to name a just few, were to drive 12 of Jaguar’s brand-new, ultra-rare $1.3 million road racing XJ220C supercars around the 0.686-mile Indianapolis Raceway Park oval and a purpose-made road course inside IRP. Unfortunately, things did not go to plan as the supercars were not equipped to take the rigorous punishment that the type of racing they had to face and most of the cars suffered damage after every race, so much so many had to be rebuilt before the following event.
The series was quickly dubbed the ‘Crash Masters’ as the alloy-bodied beauties became demolition derby specials every Saturday night. The eventual winner of the series was ex IndyCar star, Bobby Unser.
This quirky piece of race memorabilia comes personally signed by Freddie Lorenzen, adding his old race #98 to the signature.
This is likely your only opportunity to own a helmet used by the 1965 Daytona 500 winner.