1970’s Innes Ireland Race Used Set – Suit, Helmet, Boots, Balaclava, Socks
A collection of used racing equipment from probably the most underrated driver from the 60’s Innes Ireland.
A larger-than-life character started racing after a British Army service career in the Parachute Regiment. He shone at 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 Flugplatzrennen F1 race, then finished the season with a victory in the United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen. All this was achieved against all of the top Formula 1 drivers of the day.
Despite these successes he was replaced at Lotus at the end of the season, with team boss Chapman, considering a younger driver named Jim Clark 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 are his ‘ Team Harper’ race suit, boots, balaclava and socks all manufactured by Linea Sports Products. Also in the set 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 and MDS logo on the peek.
This set shows signs of extensive use was used in the late 70’s by Ireland when he was racing historic cars events and doing track tests for various magazines, this collection represents a cost-effective way of getting a superb collection of Innes Ireland used memorabilia.
The collection is priced to sell. We may consider selling items individually but feel that it needs to stay together as a set and feel it would be a shame to split things up. As the cost of each individually will be inhibitive to do so.
All items come with a full Certificate of Authenticity.