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    1969 Ronnie Peterson Race Worn Helmet from Formula 3 Championship. Presented here is Ronnie Peterson's Bell Star helmet that he wore during the 1969 Formula 3 championship. It comes to the consignor from his late brother John Hansford who was manager at the City Speed Shop in London at the time. City Speed Shop were distributors for Bell Helmets in the UK at that time. Ronnie came into the shop after a race accident, gave John the helmet and purchased a new one. It was damaged when Ronnie hit a hay bale and flipped his March 693 upside down.

    From exhaustive research, this race has been identified as the one used in Montlhery France on October 5th of 1969. After hitting a hay bale, the car subsequently caught fire and slid upside down until it came to rest. Marshals on the scene quickly extinguished the fire. Ronnie survived, but suffered burns and had to sit out the rest of the season. This accident is well documented elsewhere including an online video where a few frames show Ronnie, still wearing this helmet, is being placed in a chair immediately after the crash. Severe track marks on this helmet match those in the video.
    Despite this accident, Peterson managed to take the Formula 3 title that year including a win at Monaco.

    The helmet shows severe scrapes on its upper surfaces sustained in the crash. The dark blue background is flaking and there is a broad single yellow band encircling the helmet. In addition, the helmet has the familiar flip up visor with attached yellow peak that Ronnie was uniquely known to prefer.
    Inside, are 4 labels: Bell Toptex 7 1/4 , a safety notice, A Snell Label dated 1968, and a SHCA Certification label. The visor and peak are present, but not properly operational, one side being broken at the hinge point. Immediately after this, Ronnie used helmets featuring double yellow bands and sponsor advertising.

    Ronnie Peterson went on to become one of the premier figures in Formula 1 until his untimely death in Monza during the start of the Italian Grand Prix of 1978. This is a one of a kind item and historically important. LOA from Heritage Auctions.

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