By David G. Firestone I discuss the various aspects of race-worn and race used collectibles on this blog, and in researching something, I had received a suggestion that sounded like a great idea. The idea that was posed was “You may want to mention where people can actually buy these suits as well.” So I […]Read More The Driver Suit Blog-The First Question…Where Do You Buy This Stuff?
By David G. FirestoneI must have said the word Nomex a thousand times on this blog, but what exactly is Nomex? In short, it is a flame-resistant meta-aramid cloth material. It is an aramid material, which is the same thing as Kevlar, but it is not as strong as a bulletproof vest, but it has […]Read More The Driver Suit Blog-Nomex-The Core Of Driver Suits
By David G. Firestone One aspect of driver suits that has become a target for new customizations in the last 15-17 years is the belt. For many years, the belt was unadorned, or had a very small logo. Belts are a comfort feature, and typically made of the same material that the suit itself is […]Read More The Driver Suit Blog-Getting the Belt…Not Always a Bad Thing
By David G. Firestone I don’t normally do a midweek column, but a brand new event in NASCAR is taking place tonight. Eldora Speedway in New Weston, Ohio is the site of a new experiment in the NASCAR world. For the first time since 1970, one of NASCAR’s top series, the Camping World Truck Series […]Read More The Driver Suit Blog-The Midsummer Classic…A Dirty Experiment.
By David G. Firestone Since the fire risk in racing is as high as it is, it makes sense that driver uniform includes fire retardant shoes and gloves to go along with it. Although they are frequently overlooked by many fans, they are just as critical to driver safety and comfort as the suit and […]Read More The Driver Suit Blog-Every Great Outfit Needs Gloves and Shoes to Match!
By David G. FirestoneThe evolution of the racing helmet in NASCAR for the most part was slow, in the beginning. NASCAR was officially founded in 1947, two years after World War II ended. Many of the helmets worn during the 1940’s and 1950’s were little more than repainted army and air force helmets. These helmets […]Read More The Driver Suit Blog-NASCAR Helmets Over The Years
The mighty epaulet, every racing fan has seen them, but few understand what they are for. They are now mostly for fashion and sponsor exposure, but epaulets have a more interesting history than one might think.Back in the 1950′s and 60′s, racing suits were supposed to provide fire protection, but early versions of the suit […]Read More The Driver Suit Blog-The Epaulet…What It Was, and What It Is