Champions’ helmets on Bonhams’ Goodwood docket

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Ayrton Senna's helmet in Brazilian flag colors

Racing helmets owned by world champions Juan Manual Fangio, Ayrton Senna and Mike Hawthorn are on the docket for Bonhams’ Goodwood Festival of Speed auction scheduled for July 18. 

Fangio’s helmet

The Senna helmet, a Bell model he wore while testing at the Paul Ricard circuit in France in 1994, just months before his death at the San Marino Grand Prix, has a pre-auction estimated value of £60,000 to £80,000 ($79,250 to $105,650). 

The Fangio helmet is believed to be one he wore in South America and Europe during the 1952 racing season. It’s pre-sale estimate is £30,000 to £40,000 ($39,600 to $52,800), Bonhams said.

Hawthorn’s helmet

The Hawthorn helmet, produced by Herbert Johnson, was part of the Donington Grand Prix Collection until 2005. It’s pre-sale estimate is £10,000 to £14,000 ($13,200 to $18,500)

Also being offered for bidding are several vintage UK vehicle registration plates, with pre-sale values ranging from £3,000 ($3,900) ($290,000) for “D 2.”

For more information, visit Bonhams website.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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