21 Helmets 2: the full-face

Strangely enough, it was the death of “Lawrence of Arabia” in 1935 that inspired a doctor from England to study the high death rate from motorcycling during that time. Not-so-strangely, they found out that wearing protective headgear dramatically improved chances of surviving a motorcycle accident. Fast forward 33 years to 1968, American auto racer Dan Gurney entered the German grand prix wearing a full face helmet. Not just any full face helmet, but the very first full face helmet used in Motorsports. Just like the previous safety studies the introduction of more protection had its noticeable health benefits not excluding a few comfort perks.

Customizing machines and equipment was, For lack of a better term, “Par for the course.” In the pursuit of faster machines and faster racers, features were added to every aspect of racing to aid in comfort and safety. One common thread was the personalities of those racers displayed in original artwork matching man and machine.

We want to inspire people to wear helmets. If that means drawing on it, painting it, glueing all the lint in your pocket on it. we dont care. We just want you to be safe and look good.

Its your helmet, make it something.

21 Helmets is organized by Portland's See See Motorcycles.

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