Cromwell Helmet vintage half shell open face puddin basin crash safety helmet S England

$ 275.00

1950’s vintage Cromwell crash helmet for auto racing and motorcycle racing. Small size 6 3/8 – 6 5/8. Nice condition for its age. Leather is soft and supple, clean interior, adjustable strap and is suggested for display only. Does not meet current safety standards. Race drivers in the early 20’s and 30’s wore cloth, soft leather helmets or even cardboard football helmets. Development of helmets first started in 1935 when T.E. Lawrence the Lawrence of Arabia was killed on a motorcycle in England. Hugh Cairns. a medic who attend Lawrence started researching deaths caused by head injuries. Harder and more functional helmets started to appear in the later 30’s. The Europeans were slightly ahead in development because of their heavy involvement in motorcycle racing and Cromwell was one of the leaders since 1936. U.S. drivers used a lot of UK equipment early, then US manufacturers started to appear like Buco and Anderson. It was not until the late 1940’s hard shell helmets specifically designed for motor racing emerged. Formula 1 was the first to make hard shell helmets compulsory. Bell Sports developed the first mass produced auto racing helmets in 1954. By the end of the 1950’s full face crash helmets were regarded as essential equipment for drivers in all forms of motor racing. NASCAR did not make full face helmets compulsory until after the death of Dale Earnhardt in 2001.

1950’s vintage Cromwell crash helmet for auto racing and motorcycle racing. Small size 6 3/8 – 6 5/8. Nice condition for its age. Leather is soft and supple, clean interior, adjustable strap and is suggested for display only. Does not meet current safety standards. Race drivers in the early 20’s and 30’s wore cloth, soft leather helmets or even cardboard football helmets. Development of helmets first started in 1935 when T.E. Lawrence the Lawrence of Arabia was killed on a motorcycle in England. Hugh Cairns. a medic who attend Lawrence started researching deaths caused by head injuries. Harder and more functional helmets started to appear in the later 30’s. The Europeans were slightly ahead in development because of their heavy involvement in motorcycle racing and Cromwell was one of the leaders since 1936. U.S. drivers used a lot of UK equipment early, then US manufacturers started to appear like Buco and Anderson. It was not until the late 1940’s hard shell helmets specifically designed for motor racing emerged. Formula 1 was the first to make hard shell helmets compulsory. Bell Sports developed the first mass produced auto racing helmets in 1954. By the end of the 1950’s full face crash helmets were regarded as essential equipment for drivers in all forms of motor racing. NASCAR did not make full face helmets compulsory until after the death of Dale Earnhardt in 2001. We have come along way in all form of racing and highway safety but it is fun to look back at the beginnings when racing was a more dangerous sport. Foam Mannequin head is included.

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