1992 A.J. Foyt Signed Original Worn Simpson Shark IndyCar Helmet
Hall of Fame Collection is proud to offer this rare original helmet worn by four-times Indianapolis 500 Champion A.J. Foyt. This helmet was acquired from the estate of Cecil Taylor.
Cecil Taylor was part of the pit crew on Parnelli Jones’s 1963 Indianapolis 500 entry which took victory lane. Shortly afterward Cecil moved over to work with Foyt’s pit crew, a job he would keep for more than 50 years. Taylor became close friends with Foyt and was gifted this helmet after AJ Foyt retired from IndyCar Racing at the 1993 Indianapolis 500.
This helmet is extremely rare for a couple of reasons. Firstly, Foyt is well known for refraining from signing helmets, in particular replica or multi-signed helmets. This helmet was personally signed by Foyt with a dedication to Cecil Taylor.
Secondly, it’s also quite rare to see an AJ Foyt used helmet to make it onto the collectible market. Foyt used a this rare Simpson Shark model for only a couple of seasons and during this era driver normally had a pop-off valve fitted to helmet. Foyt a known non-conformist to certain rules can be seen during this era using helmets with and without the pop-off valve fittings. Limited use on the helmet suggests the helmet was not used in a race and also conformation by both Foyt and the Cecil Taylor estate that the helmet is one he used in practice and testing sessions.
This Simpson Shark helmet has the Foyt’s customary orange color with gold shadowed ‘AJ’ initials on both sides. The visor sun strip was dried out and found loose in the helmet bag. It was gently placed on the visor for the photoshoot.
Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity today to own a genuine AJ Foyt worn helmet. Foyt still sits 1st in IndyCar history in all-time wins (67), Championships (7), and Indy 500 victories (4). He also was a winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Daytona 24 Hours, the 12 Hours of Sebring, and the Daytona 500.
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Item comes with a full Certificate Of Authenticity.