1990 Rickey Hood Race Worn USAC Sprint Car Helmet
Rickey Hood has the credentials to back up the fact that he is a true sprint car legend. Hood is not unfamiliar with finishing first. In his 34 year career he has won over 400 feature races. Growing up in Tennessee around his racing Father (Hooker Hood) and having to help wench to get a car on the track was a big learning curve, but Hood took it on. So when his father gave Hood his first car at the age of sixteen he was ready. On his very first night behind the wheel, he ran second. From then on Hood expected to be at the front, and usually he has been ever since.
For the next 23 years Hood raced all over mid-America, doing as many as four races a week sometimes and up to forty events a year. Along the way Rickey won the USAC Sprint Car National Championship in 1984 and ’85, and the Silver Crown National Championship in 1985. He has also won USAC midget races as well as three World of Outlaws races.
In 1994 Hood relocated to Phoenix and decided it was time to race closer to home and avoid so much travelling. Driving for Joe Herrera, he kept on winning, and won five SCOA (Sprint Car Owners of Arizona) championships – ’97, ’00, ’01, ’02 and ’03. Hood was still racing into his 60’s and still appears at selective events.
This heavily scared Bell helmet was used by Hood (photo-matched) in the 1990 open wheel season, where he would drive the both winged and non-wing sprint cars. The white helmet has a great Larry Wood hand painted design of Hood’s name on either side. It has large RH initials in pink fade that is edged in green and has black shadowing. The rest of the lettering is in blue and red. There is a cartoon image of a masked outlaw and two pinstripe lines to the bottom of the helmet all in black. It has a ‘Bart Simpson’ decal to the right side and a T-Thins decal to the chin, as well as retaining its original USAC tech sticker.
This helmet was part of the Ron Burton Collection.