1970 John Martin Race Worn USAC IndyCar suit
Vintage race suit worn by IndyCar driver John Martin. Oklahoma-born Martin started his career in the mid-60s in sportscars and dirt track stockcars. He made his IndyCar debut in 1970 and had a total of 52 starts in the United States Auto Club National Championship series and under the Championship Auto Racing Teams banner, placing within the top ten on seventeen occasions in IndyCar events. His highest showing was a pair of fifth-place finishes scored in the Ontario 500-mile races of 1973 and 1975. He attempted to qualify for every Indianapolis 500 between 1971 and 1982 and qualified successfully for five consecutive events between 1972 and 1976. Driving an ex-Peter Revson McLaren that he fielded himself, Martin placed eighth in 1973 when the car was called the Unsponsored Special, and 11th in 1974 when it ran as the delightfully named Sea Snack Shrimp Cocktail Special. Long after he was no longer racing competitively, Martin continued to work with teams in a variety of capacities including as engineer, fabricator, and spotter. Sadly John passed away in 2019 at the age of 80.
This B&B manufactured suit shows signs of wear and would have been used early in Martin’s IndyCar Career. The off-white colored suit has blue braiding stripes down both arms and legs. On its back is a large chain-stitched Goodyear tires logo with the ‘Winged Foot’ emblem. To the front Martin’s name is embroidered on the left chest and to the right chest pocket a Goodyear patch has been added. The right arm also bears a B&B patch.
The suit comes with a full Certificate Of Authenticity.