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!