1980’s Bobby Wente Race Used USAC Midget Helmet
Race used helmet worn by USAC Midget driver Bobby Wente during the early 1980’s. Bobby and brother Terry were the sons of veteran driver Bob Wente (who had a dozen IndyCar starts including one at the 1964 Indy 500). With the family-owned race team they all raced USAC Midgets. This white Bell Star helmet would probably have been used on short oval tracks in the Indiana area (Terre Haute, Allen County). It has red and blue scalloped pinstriping to the top and sides with Wente’s name on both sides in red, yellow and blue. There is a Valvoline decal applied to the chin.
The helmet comes from the collection of Ron Burton, a famous motorsport artist from Indianapolis. Burton had many friendships with drivers from the 1960’s on wards and often traded drivers his original artwork in return for one of their helmets. This is a great opportunity to acquire one of these fantastic original race used helmets from the Ron Burton Collection.