History in my hands…

October 26, 2021

Back in August I did my first shoot for Race-Used.com photographing some lovely pieces from a private collection. This week I got to do another shoot for them that quite literally had the hairs on the back of my neck prickling at the motorsport history in my hands…

History in my hands…

The guys at Race-Used specialise in buying & selling Motorsport Memorabilia. Some are best described quite simply as nothing short of motorsport history right there in front of you. Probably one of the most famous British racing drivers being Sir Stirling Moss. Today we had his first helmet, 1 of only 4 in his whole professional career.

Motorsport History signed by Sir Stirling Moss
Sir Stirling Moss helmet No1
The 1st of only 4 helmets used in his professional career
white crash helmet sir stirling moss
My 1st White Johnson helmet… Stirling Moss

Incredible to think Sir Stirling Moss only ever had 4 helmets in his professional career and this was his first one! These days the F1 drivers seem to have a new colour scheme every race. To be able to handle and photograph this piece of motorsport history was pretty amazing.

If you could take just 1 home…

We’ve all played this game as a kid… ‘You can only choose 1 to take home, which would it be?” For me of all the items I shot today it had to be 1 of only 2 Graham Hill helmets from the 1960s. Growing up watching F1 on TV with my Dad, some things stick in your memory more than others. For cars it had to be the striking black and gold colours of the JPS Lotus team. As for drivers then there is no bigger memory for me than the iconic dark blue and white arrows of Graham Hill. You could spot him instantly…. I guess it could arguably be one of the earliest examples ‘branding’ in motorsport itt was quite a thrill to be around these fantastic F1 collectables, quite literally sometimes having motorsport history in my hands. Looking at their ama

Iconic colours from my childhood
graham hill helmet 1960
Probably the first recognised ‘branding’ in motor racing

British Hat Trick…

Jim Clark often considered by many to be one of the best F1 drivers ever! In those early days there really wasn’t very much on your head compared to the Carbon Fibre technology of today.

Jim Clark helmet
Jim Clark helmet
Signed Jim Clark helmet
With Best Wishes, Jim Clark
Jim Clark helmet interior
Jim Clark helmet interior

Can’t wait to see what the next shoot for RaceUsed.com will have in my Nikon crosshairs…

By Skelly

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