1977 Mike Mosley USAC IndyCar Race Used Helmet
A stunning looking helmet used by Mike Mosley. He is still held in high regard by many. Mosley was a popular veteran of USAC/CART IndyCar series with 5 wins to his credit, but started in midget racing as a fourteen-year-old in 1961, before establishing himself as a winner in sprint cars. Mosley was known for a “charger” driving style and for his smooth driving technique. Experts state with better equipment earlier in his career Mosley could have had many more victories. He was particularly good on ovals tracks, although he never won at the Indianapolis 500, the closest he came being third in 1979. Sadly Mosley was killed in a road traffic accident in 1984.
What makes this helmet significant is the fact that it was painted by Dale Burton (Ron’s brother, in the Ron Burton Art Studio). It was worn by Mosley during the 1977 USAC IndyCar season and shows signs of heavy use (photo-matched, please see pictures), while driving for Jerry O’Connell Racing in their Sugaripe Prune Eagle/Lightning cars. The helmet has to its left side it has a yellow wash background fading into blue nearing the middle. On this there is an image of Native American Indian astride his stallion, standing on a ridge. To the right side there is a yellow sun on a red sky with an image of a swooping eagle. As the red meets the blue of the left side it merges in to purple across its middle. Running around the eyeport is an ‘Aztec’ type squares design. The visor has a ‘Mike Mosley’ strip sticker. The helmet still retains original radio and its USAC tech sticker.
This helmet was part of the Ron Burton Collection.