The Driver Suit Blog-Safety in Racing Covers Every Aspect of Racing…

By David G. Firestone

Founded in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1978, A & A Truck and Auto Center, Inc. or AATAC was at one point a prime supplier of tow truck and wreckers for auto racing. Though the company hasn’t been around since 2003, their website still exists.

In addition to wreckers, AATAC also supplied skilled workers who were contracted to clean off the car and debris from the track. Not only did this help the tracks, it also brought AATAC publicity and exposure. As was the rule at the time, AATAC workers wore firesuits. One such example was worn by a worker named Chris Rodgers at least in 2000, but possibly from 2001-2003. This single-layer Simpson firesuit shows some use, and custom modifications.The collar doesn’t have a Velcro closure.The cowl features a vintage Simpson warranty tag.What dates this suit in 2000 is the two logos on the right front chest. The Winston Cup and Busch Grand National Series logos. Both are of the vintage from that time frame.The left chest features a NASCAR logo, a AAA logo, and CHRIS ROGERS embroidered.The front torso features a blue AATAC logo on a white stripe between the red material.The belt separates the blue legs from the red torso. It is unadorned.The legs are unadorned, from a logo perspective. There is a tool pouch sewn in to the legs. The legs have standard cuffs.The shoulders have white epaulets with AATAC logos embroidered in blue. The red sleeves have SIMPSON and PENNZOIL WORLD OF OUTLAWS logos embroidered. The back of the suit doesn’t show that much wear.What also dates this suit to at least 2000 is the ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde Series patch haphazardly sewn into the back near the AAA near the neck. The last year of the series being the ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde Series was 2000, after which it became the ARCA RE/MAX Series.The back of the torso features the same AATAC blue over white logo as the front.Next week, the Series Logo feature returns!

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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