1960’s Dick Sutcliffe Race Used Sprint Car Helmet
In the mid-sixties, Dick Sutcliffe and car owner Gary Hanna would form a near legendary partnership as they attacked the Sprint and Supermodified venues in the midlands.
Sutcliffe won the track Championship at Topeka and Knoxville in 1968 winning his first race at Belleville In ’69 the duo would win twice at Lincoln and once at Oklahoma City. In 1970 Hanna sold the car but Sutcliffe was retained as the driver for the new owners. The winning ways continued and right up Sutcliffe’s retirement from driving in 1975.
Sutcliffe is also the father to Major League Baseball pitcher Rick Sutcliffe.
This helmet was used in many of those wins it can be seen (photo matched in pictures). It shows all the chips and scratches of many battles on the dirt track. The white helmet has a red peak and leather stitched interior. Sutcliffe’s name sign written to both sides and wears a large Firestone decal on the back. The is also an eyelet bolted to the left side, presumably used as a head restraint?