Barry Sheene's 1974 Bell racing helmet
Barry Sheene's 1974 Bell racing helmet, in black, red and gold with applied number '7', 'Bell' and 'Anderstorp Racing Club' logos, decorated with trademark 'Donald Duck' emblem and 'Barry Sheene' lettering to rear, with tinted visor and chin-guard with Sheene's trademark cigarette hole, applied SHCA certified sticker number 1372063, race worn with evidence of crash damage to rear and loss to interior lining.
The first to carry his famous number '7', this helmet was presented by Barry in 1975 to Merv Wright, Suzuki race-team manager, as being the one he wore in his infamous Daytona crash of that year. Research suggests that this helmet was also worn while riding for Suzuki at various races during the 1974 season, including the Daytona 200 and possibly previous and subsequent seasons, and that Sheene also wore it during the 1974 Swedish Grand Prix where he had a spectacular spill in the rain, taking out Giacomo Agostini and thus gathering the visible 'scars' to the back of this helmet. Displayed on a presentation base with plaque under a Perspex case, offered together with a laminated image of Sheene with his Suzuki team-mates featuring the helmet, five issues of MCN containing articles relating to Sheene and a Sheene tribute magazine.