Although the likes of Formula One and MotoGP are getting back into the swing of things, other racing series have been written off for 2020. So, to fill that gap, we’ve listed the most iconic helmets to grace European motorsports.
We’ve not just organised by the fanciest-looking lids, though – all of our picks have significance. Whether it’s the helmet Schumacher wore when he broke a near-50-year record, or Marc Marquez’s when he became MotoGP’s youngest-ever champion. That being said, a few of them are also works of wearable art.
And the admiration goes well beyond the chequered flag, with their helmets and racing suits fetching, in some cases, six-figure sums.
The helmets and racing suits worn by our picks immortalise their countless victories and championships, and there are just as many keen bidders.
Topping our list of the most expensive auction items is the Stop Cancer charity campaign helmet, which went for £230,000. Although not a race-worn item, it was signed by 12 motorcycle champions of past and present, including Valentino Rossi, Giacomo Agostini and Marc Marquez. Also passing £100k was Ayrton Senna’s 1990 lid, complete with team radio, for £142,000.
A number of the items on our list featured in the #RaceAgainstCovid fundraiser, with Marquez’s lockdown-inspired helmet and the World Rally Championship racing suits fetching over £50k combined. In all, the event raised £845,472.