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    Posted 11 years ago

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    Bought this helmet at the car swap meet the other day. Guy said it was a 60's drag helmet. As we walked around the fairgrounds 10 people stopped me to inquire about it. We heard drag helmet, salt flat helmet, and rocket man helmet. This was not altered, but is factory made. Bell-Tex Longbeach Ca. Anyone know?? Thanks.

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    1. Vontrike Vontrike, 11 years ago
      Thanks for the love Esther110 and officialfuel.
    2. Vontrike Vontrike, 11 years ago
      Thanks jackart and FineLines. It kind of does.
    3. DavesCoolStuff DavesCoolStuff, 11 years ago
      It kinda looks like a welding helmut without the lens. What are the knobs on the side for, is it a flip-up helmut?
    4. gvgordon gvgordon, 11 years ago
      What I think you have is a very early Bell Star helmet. Originally released in 1966 (first full face helmet). Bell re-released the classic Star last year with slightly larger hole but has the same feel to it.

      Can't take full credit for this info. Got help from my buddies over on the Jalopy Journal forum. Hope that helps.
    5. vanskyock24 vanskyock24, 11 years ago
      bell star didnt make a helmet like this - what they done in the shop was taken a old welding helmet and used it for drag racing head gear
    6. gvgordon gvgordon, 11 years ago
      Says Bell-Tex inside and the mateial is thicker than any welding helmet I have ever had. The original Stars came with a fixed lens. Standing by my on line buddies on this one. I don't think its a convered welding helmet.
    7. gvgordon gvgordon, 11 years ago
      Vontrike, could we see a back shot of this.
    8. gvgordon gvgordon, 11 years ago
      Gordon Johncock ran a Bell helmet with a narrow opening like that as did Shirley Muldowney. Have pics but can't include thin in this reply.
    9. gvgordon gvgordon, 11 years ago

      Link to the discussion of this on the other forum. All old hotrodder and ragracers.
    10. Vontrike Vontrike, 11 years ago
      Thanks everyone,,and thanks for the link gvgordon. This helps a lot . I will get a back shot of it soon. Appreciated.
    11. DavesCoolStuff DavesCoolStuff, 11 years ago
      Ahhh, the HAMB, I should've though to look there, I thought I recognized 'gvgordon'!
    12. Vontrike Vontrike, 11 years ago
      Thanks Phil.
    13. packrat-place packrat-place, 11 years ago
      It does look like the robot from The Day The Earth Stood Still, FineLines is correct. His name was Gort, fyi trivia.
    14. Vontrike Vontrike, 11 years ago
      Thanks bratjdd and BELLIN68.
    15. NicksCrustyStuff NicksCrustyStuff, 10 years ago

      Now the time is here...
      for ironman to spread fear...

      Love the lid! Looks like it would have made an excellent prop for an old Sci-Fi thriller.

    16. Vontrike Vontrike, 10 years ago
      Thanks NicksCrustyStuff, and packrat-place.
    17. Alfred1o1 Alfred1o1, 2 years ago
      I think this is from the movie ...."the day the earth stood still"..u known the ro bart that stood out front of the space ship ...or was i smoking back then ....hmmmmmm
    18. Alfred1o1 Alfred1o1, 2 years ago
    19. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 2 years ago
      Now THAT'd be a hella-fun "mask" to wear out and about in these daze of covid-craziness... <lolol>
    20. Hoot60, 2 years ago
      Jimmy Caruthers wore a small opening Bell helmet back in 1974.
      He raced midget cars, sprint cars, and Indy Cars.
    21. Vontrike Vontrike, 2 years ago
      Thanks everyone, I haven't been on here forever. Hoot60, I'll definitely look into that. There's not a lot of visibility but it's so cool looking. AnythingObscure, it sure would, lol. Stay safe friends.
    22. Cokeman1959, 2 years ago
      As soon as I saw it I immediately thought about the movie The day the Earth stood still....Awesome Find!
    23. Alfred1o1 Alfred1o1, 2 years ago
      all i can say is ......

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