Welcome to my first blog post! The past couple of weeks have been pretty hectic with some special designs being produced for some of our drivers. Here are some pictures of Lewis Hamilton’s helmet for the British F1 GP which featured Union Jack flags and a Grenada flag to celebrate his family’s Caribbean heritage.
Lewis’s helmets come to us as bare shells and once they are painted they go back to the Arai factory in Japan for re-assembly with his custom-fitted internals. This adds time to the process and on this occasion it nearly caught us out, as the helmet was delayed in customs and only got to Arai on the Tuesday before the race. Arai rebuilt the helmet and after the dramas with the couriers they gave the helmet to their photographer to take to Silverstone as hand-luggage – just in case!
In between all the activity at the workshop, we took a day off to visit the Goodwood Festival of Speed, which was a great day held in very un-British hot weather! Cars & bikes through the ages from all forms of motorsport were on display or taking part in the runs up the famous Goodwood hill in the grounds of the historic Goodwood House. The Formula One teams were there too with their drivers treating the fans to a much closer (and louder!) look at the cars than they would get at a circuit. The cars are only separated from the fans by a line of straw bales and a small safe zone so it’s a unique chance to get close to some of the most exotic cars in the world. We had a great day watching cars, talking to friends and enjoying the sun. It’s a great day and one that any car fan should add to their “must-do” list.
Well, it’s time to get back to the workshop as we’re working on some special helmets for Dan and EJ for the Edmonton race. Dan and EJ both keep us on our toes with great themes for helmets so the next post will include some pictures and some progress photos to show some of the work involved.