1999 Jacques Villeneuve Signed Race Used Lucky Strike BAR Bell Dominator F1 HelmetNow Sold
1999 Jacques Villeneuve Signed Race Used Lucky Strike BAR Bell Dominator F1 Helmet
The end of the 1998 season saw Jacques Villeneuve leave the Williams F1 team, the team he had won the 1997 World Championship with. He had decided to join and link up with his personal manager, Craig Pollock, and designer Adrian Reynard in their newly founded British American Racing (BAR) team for the 1999 season. There was a lot of hype about the fledgling outfit, but despite the high expectations and with the car showing promising pace (including running in third place at Barcelona), many technical problems blighted the season with the team and Villeneuve having their chances ruined by having to retire from many of the races.
This Bell Dominator helmet was utilized many times during the season. It shows heavy wear and is scarred with pitting, chips, and track grime. There is also a large chip on the left side of the helmet just behind the visor pivot, which was probably caused by a large stone hitting the helmet at speed. Painted by Bell Sports Europe it has Villeneuve’s customary multi-colored, multi banded ‘V’ design he used throughout his career. The helmet has all Villeneuve’s personal alterations still on the helmet that include the cheek vents closed-off with heli-tape, extra foam around the eye-port, and a drilled out drink tube with the tube still attached. The full radio is also still installed in the helmet. It has a Bell I.D. decal that reads ‘99-15’ denoting it was the 15th race helmet prepared for the 1999 season. It has a Lucky Strike/Teleglobe sun strip on the visor which also has Jacques Villeneuve’s signature in black marker pen on the left side. The helmet comes in its original Bell carrying bag with ‘J.V. 99-15’ handwritten annotations.
This item is from the personal collection of Jacques Villeneuve and comes with a full Certificate Of Authenticity.