The Driver Suit Blog-Let’s Examine a 1998 Derrike Cope Race-Used Helmet

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By David G. Firestone

So this week, we’re going to examine…you know what, I just can’t do this anymore! I’m tired of doing this. I’ve absolutely had it with racing stuff! I’ve done nothing but racing memorabilia for 10 years, I’m tired of it, and I quit. I’M DONE WITH RACING MEMORABILIA! I’m 33 and I need to reinvent myself. There is more to life than racing memorabilia. So I’m switching focus, and I’m gonna start focusing on Olympic memorabilia.

I bought some Olympic memorabilia from Steve Lundquist. Steve Lundquist is a former Olympic swimmer who won gold medals in the 100-meter breaststroke and the 400-meter medley relay at the 1984 Olympics, and 1982 World Championships, and 100 m breaststroke,won gold medals in the 100-meter breaststroke, 200-meter breaststroke, and the 400-meter medley relay at the 1979 and 1983 Pan American games, as well as a bronze for the 200-meter medley in 1983

After his gold medal performance, he came back a hero. A lot of his memorabilia including racing memorabilia has come on the market, such as this trading card from 1992.lundquistcard-1The card is in good condition, though it shows signs of age.lundquistcard-1 lundquistcard-2Levi’s was an official sponsor and supplier to the 1984 Olympics and this was was issued to and worn by Steve Lundquist, which he subsequently autographed. The cap shows signs of wear from age, but the autograph is still in great condition.lunquisthat-1 lunquisthat-2 lunquisthat-3 lunquisthat-4 lunquisthat-5When he came back to Clayton Country, Georgia an Olympic hero, the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce awarded him this large plaque. Like the cap, it shows signs of age, but is still in good condition.lunquistplaque-1 lunquistplaque-2This is a sweater vest worn by Lundquist after he retired from competitive swimming. It is custom embroidered, and shows slight signs of age, but is in great condition.lunquistsweater-1 lunquistsweater-3 lunquistsweater-2 lunquistsweater-4It’s been both fun and tiring working with driver suits, but as I said, I need to reinvent myself. I’m 33, I need to change focus, I need to refresh myself, and this is, I think the best way to do it.

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