The Driver Suit Blog-Little Guy November Starts A Week Early This Year

By David G. Firestone

So last week I was ready to present this Ray Neveau driver suit, because from what I had researched, I thought that he was a professional driver. After doing my research, I realized that he was a weekend warrior. As such, I decided to push this article back a week, and start Little Guy November a week early. For those who don’t know, Little Guy November is a celebration of items worn by drivers who aren’t in the big leagues. These include minor league professional drivers, and weekend warriors. So, without further ado, let’s get to the suit!

Hailing from Santa Ana, CA, Ray Neveau founded Class Auto Center in 1981. He is also in charge of a number of other auto body shops in the Orange County, California area. Many auto body shops race cars as a method of promotion. Owners also like to race cars as a hobby. Ray Neveau is no exception.

In 1993, Ray Neveau raced in the NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Tour. He raced in three races at Saugus, CA, Tuscon, and Mesa Marin. His attempts weren’t successful. He also raced in a number of local events, as evidenced by this black firesuit. This double layer non-certified suit shows light use.The red collar has white stitching and a Velcro closure.Inside the cowl is a standard Simpson tag. There are two flags present, one with MSL, the other has a manufacture date of 2/93.The right chest features two small SIMPSON patches and RAY NEVEAU embroidered.The left chest is unadorned.The front torso features the word SHARP in red chain-stitched lettering with a white outline. You don’t see chain-stitching on driver suits that often, and that’s why I love this suit!The suit has a belt. It is black with white stitching.The legs have standard cuffs, and are unadorned.The shoulders have red epaulets that are unadorned. The right sleeve is unadorned. The left sleeve has a SIMPSON patch on the upper part, the rest of the sleeve is unadorned. The back of the suit has no real wear.The back of the neck has no adornment on the red material.The back torso is unadorned.Next week, Little Guy November continues with a pair of gloves.

Author: dgf2099

I'm just a normal guy who collects race-worn driver suits, helmets, sheet metal, and other race-worn items. I will use this blog to help collectors, and race fans alike understand the various aspects of driver suits and helmets, and commentate on paint schemes.

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