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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-05-2008, 01:52 PM Thread Starter
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Check out what the racers used to wear in the 30's



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“For races on cinder tracks, daredevil New York motorcyclists wear grotesque masks to protect thier faces against flying particles from the wheels of each other’s machines. The racers dip the masks in water to soften them and then press them against their faces. When dry, the masks take on the contours of the cyclists’ features. Goggles are worn over the eyeholes. In addition, the racers wear football helmets to guard their heads.”

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-05-2008, 06:46 PM
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Even into the early '60's dirt track racers wore leather masks that attached to their goggles or bandanas to cover their face to protect them...full face helmets didn't come until '65 or '66 at the earliest...leather masks were still in vogue into the '70's for ice racing (check out ice racing scene in "On Any Sunday"), both Euro spike tire style and American 3rd wheel style...(Sheet metal screws point side in didn't come into use until the '70's.)
Going back, skid shoes were made out of hacking the end off of a cars bumper...the old curved bumpers of the 30's ,'40's and '50's cars were excellent for this purpose!...Plus, leather "breaches" and wool turtle neck sweaters...brother...that's protection!
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Watch the documentary "On Any Sunday". Its an old school motorcycle documentary and it shows racing clips from back in the day. The track setups shown would be considered deathtraps today, and "protection" would be considered "costumes" by today's standards.
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Nice masks! I want one for Halloween for the pit bike cruise.

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So I've been kinda interested in purchasing a vintage style "pudding basin" helmet for riding my cafe racer. I really like the look of the Davida helmets, but they would really drain my wallet. On the other hand HCI had some DOT replicas that looked just like the Davidas, but got recalled (they were a little less than $50). Are there any helmets out there that have this look, and are under $100? Or am I stuck with just a HJC CS-2N or something?

(BTW I hope this doesn't turn into a Full Face vs. Half Helmet war, I do have a Snell + DOT Shoei TZR that I normally wear!)
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