1976 Sheldon Kinser USAC Sprint Car Race Use Helmet
Helmet used by ’70s and 80s USAC Sprint car ace Sheldon Kinser. A Bloomington, Indiana native, Kinser Initially started his working career in the family tree logging business, before spending some time in the US Navy. From the mid-1960s onwards, Kinser became one of sprint car’s most successful drivers, winning the USAC Championship in 1977, 1981 and 1982, amongst many other plaudits. He also drove in the USAC and CART Championship IndyCar series. He competed during the 1975-1981 seasons, with 38 combined career starts, including the Indianapolis 500 each year except 1980, when he did not qualify. He had 11 top-10 finishes, with a best of third at Texas World Speedway in 1979. Sadly Kinser passed away due to a long illness in 1988.
This Bell helmet was used by Kinser during the 1976 season while driving for car builder/owner Grant King. The red helmet has a silver-edged in gold panel around the eye-port and a thin silver band also edged in gold around its bottom. Extending off each of these are thining point lines that extend over the top and up the back to almost meet in the middle on the back. The helmet show signs of heavy use.
Sheldon Kinser was one of sprint cars most popular drivers and his used items rarely come on to the open market. Making this a great piece of American open-wheel memorabilia to add to any collection.
This helmet comes from the famous Ron Burton Collection. The helmet is one of 170 helmets in which were on display at the famous Union Jack Pub in Speedway (Indianapolis) Indiana. Ron Burton was a famous artist who often traded his paintings with drivers for one of their helmets. We are proud to offer this unique collection of many one of a kind helmets and artwork. All items come with a COA and have been selling fast so don’t miss out on this great item today.