1984 Michael Roe Race Used Can Am Championship Winning Helmet
Irish driver Michael Roe hails from County Kildare. He grew up close to Mondello park race track where he first competed in rallycross and where he learned his trade. He was then the standout young driver in British Formula Ford ’77 and ’78 seasons? In 1983 he moved to the United States to compete in the Can-Am series. 1984 saw Roe win Seven of the ten rounds of the series on his way to dominating the championship, setting a series record for wins and poles potions in a season. The following year he moved to the CART IndyCar series and made four starts for Hemelgarn Racing scoring points in two races. Roe then moved into endurance sportscars driving for Nissan and Aston Martin and started the Le Mans 24 twice. he retired from racing in 1990.
This Simpson Bandit helmet was worn by Roe sometime during his Can Am Championship winning season in 1984. Painted in ‘Irish green’ it has a white edged in orange ‘Lucky Shamrock’ to the top front and Roes name in orange edged in white to both sides. The helmet still retains its pop-off valve fitting and USAC tech sticker.
This helmet is from the Ron Burton Collection.