1970’s Innes Ireland Original Worn Linea Sport Suit And Boots Set
A fantastic Linea Sport race suit from probably the most underrated driver from the 60’s, Innes Ireland.
Ireland was a larger-than-life character who started racing after serving in the British Army in the Parachute Regiment. He shone brightly driving in sports car racing and was spotted by Lotus chief Colin Chapman. In 1960 he won three non-championship Formula One races and finished fourth in the World Championship. Badly injured in the 1961 Monaco Grand Prix, Ireland recovered to win the Solitude Grand Prix and the Flugplatzrennen F1 race and then finished up the season with a victory in the United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen. All this was achieved against all of the top Formula One drivers of the day.
Despite these successes he was replaced at Lotus at the end of the season when team boss Chapman was considering a younger driver named Jim Clark as a better option. Despite occasional successes, Ireland never again had the machinery to match his undeniable talent.
This set was obtained from the Innes Ireland estate. Included is his Team Harper race suit, racing boots and nomex socks, all manufactured by Linea Sports Products. Also available in our other listing is Ireland’s Bell open-face helmet. The helmet has the famous checker strip running around it and has detailed information on Dymo Tape labels with Ireland’s name, age and medical details placed to the back of the helmet with an MDS logo on the peek.
This suit is in good condition, however it does show signs of use and was worn in the 70’s by Ireland when he was racing in historic cars events.
These items come with a Hall of Fame Collection Certificate Of Authenticity.