1982 Tony Bettenhausen Jr. Race Worn IndyCar Helmet
This terrific-looking helmet was worn by IndyCar veteran driver and team owner Tony Bettenhausen Jr. He was the youngest member of the racing famous Bettenhausen Family. This helmet was used during the 1982 season where Bettenhausen Jr. was driving for the Provimi Veal sponsored H & R Racing team. It would have been used in many of the eleven championship race schedule events. It can also be seen being used during non-championship event at the 1982 Indianapolis 500 where a broken half-shaft caused a crash sidelining Bettenhausen Jr.
The dark blue Bell helmet shows heavy race use. It has the team sponsor Provimi white lettering hand-painted to the front top of the helmet above the eye-port. Bettenhausen Jr’s., ‘Tony’ name is also hand-painted in white to both sides of the helmet. There are Goodyear, Valvoline white decal applies to the chin and Bell oval decals applied to the top front and bottom rear of the helmet. It also still retains its original pop-off valve fitting and pipe and neck protector Velcro, as well as its USAC tech sticker. There is also some tape residue on the visor where silver duct tape was applied.
A fantastic helmet with a sharp but uncomplicated design, race used by one of the legends of American open-wheel racing.
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 rare helmets and artwork. All items come with full Certificates of Authenticity.