This week, on Introduction to Sports Memorabilia, we examine two Kevin Lepage race worn and Signed driver helmets, the first from his rookie campaign in the Busch Grand National Series in 1994, and the second from his time at Roush Racing in 1999.Read More DGF2099 Productions-Introduction to Sports Memorabilia-Kevin Lepage Helmets
By David G. Firestone Last week, I discussed my favorite driver to collect, and this week I will examine his most well-known sponsor. From 1994-1997 Musgrave was sponsored by the Family Channel. The distinctive patriotic red white and blue design with that Family Channel logo was eye catching. The Family Channel logo was classic 1990’s […]Read More The Driver Suit Blog-Ted Musgrave-My Favorite Driver to Collect Part 2
By David G. Firestone During a conversation over lunch a few weeks ago, I was asked by a co-worker if I have a favorite driver to collect. My response was “Ted Musgrave” but the longer I thought, the deeper it went. I began to think about why he is my favorite driver to collect, as […]Read More The Driver Suit Blog-Ted Musgrave-My Favorite Driver to Collect Part 1
By David G. Firestone Hope you all had a great holiday season, whatever you celebrate. I turned 32 on Thursday, and am celebrating the first year of the The Driver Suit Blog. Ok, enough sappy stuff, on to this week’s column. I’m going to do things a little bit differently this week. This week’s article […]Read More The Driver Suit Blog-The Goal of All Drivers in Racing…
By David G. Firestone For the end of the 2013 Season, I will reveal the best and worst paint schemes and driver suits of 2013. This was done using a focus group of one, namely myself, and uses the following standards: Color Scheme:How the colors look, and how they work with each other. Overall Design:How […]Read More The Driver Suit Blog-Ladies and Gentlemen: The Paint Schemie Awards!
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. FirestoneLast week, I had a column run on Uni-Watch, and I delayed this article until this week. Two weeks ago, we discussed visors, this week, we will discuss what has become known as the “helmet stripe.” Helmet stripes came from IndyCar and Formula 1 cars, which are open cockpit cars. Helmets are […]Read More The Driver Suit Blog-The Helmet Stripe-An Unusual Place For Sponsorship
By David G. FirestoneFrom a design aspect, no other factor contributes as much as the primary sponsor or sponsors of the car. Everything from the colors to the torso design, to the television logos, to the shoulder epaulet and collar design depends on the primary sponsor. While this has been the case for the most […]Read More The Driver Suit Blog-They Pay the Bills, So They Design The Suit
By David G. Firestone Like shoulder epaulets, the collar of a driver suit has made a transition. It has gone from safety accessory to fashion piece, but unlike the epaulet, it is not only ornamental. Because the collar is still a piece of safety equipment. It goes without saying that fire is an ever present […]Read More The Driver Suit Blog-Collar Guard…Not a Product, but a Safety Feature.
One of my favorite drivers growing up was Ted Musgrave. When I was watching NASCAR back in middle and high school, Musgrave drove the #16 Family Channel Ford for Roush Racing. He was born in Waukegan, Illinois, which is close to my hometown of Evanston, and grew up racing in Wisconsin. He is a Camping […]Read More The Driver Suit Blog-A Trip Down Memory Lane…