Sebring 2012 pre-race grid walk…part 2. Helmet art!

Part of my focus during the weekend was to capture elements of the racing culture that depict a personal side of the people involved. One aspect that illustrates this is through the unique and individual helmet artwork designs for each driver. Beginning in the 1960’s, stylized helmet designs became more and more prevalent. Drivers used their helmets as a personal canvas to make a statement and highlight colors and patterns of their country origin and culture.

This form of art remind me of many of the hand-cut silkscreen prints (t-shirts) I produced while in high school and college. “Coulda, shoulda, woulda.” Sometimes I wish my art interests would have introduced this opportunity to me. But for now I’ll just enjoy the artwork through photography.

Here are a few of the helmet designs I came across during the pre-race grid walk. Each has their own style. Enjoy!

Jan Magnussen, Denmark, Corvette Racing

Tommy Milner, United States, Corvette Racing

Pierre Kaffer, Germany, Pecom Racing

Nic Jonsson, Sweden, Krohn Racing

Emmanuel Collard, France, Pescarolo Team

Stephane Sarrazin, France, Starworks Motorsports

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Writer/photographer of vintage/historic sports car racing. See you at the track! Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Terry Johnsen and with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.
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2 Responses to Sebring 2012 pre-race grid walk…part 2. Helmet art!

  1. click says:

    I was basically wanting to know if you ever considered replacing the design of your web site? Its very well written; I really like what you have got to state. But maybe you could add a a bit more in the way of written content so people could connect with it better. You have got an awful lot of text for only having one or two images. Maybe you can space it out better?

    • terryjohnsen says:

      I’ve used this blog as a working/in-progress portfolio. Generally the text is short and sweet, and most posts average between four and five photographs….sometimes three. I’ve got plans for more writing, but mainly this vehicle is for the purposes of directing people to my photographs. Thanks for the comments. Next stop, Mid-Ohio for the June 22-24 Vintage Grand Prix. TJ

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