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Indocil Arts Vintage Rat Trap Helmet.

by ryanyoung on Oct.19, 2009, under Just Cool Helmets, Racer News

Ron Hopes Rat Trap Fuel Altered HelmetRon Hopes Rat Trap Fuel Altered Helmet
I love painting helmets with personality and for racers with a rich history. Being a huge fan of drag racing it is no surprise that one of my favorite families to paint for is the Hope family that currently race the Rat Trap Fuel Altered. The Rat Trap, as we know it today, is the latest version of the original built in 1968 at the shop of chassis builder Dennis Watson. The previous two Rat Trap Fuel Altereds ran from 1965 through 1968 and were conventional in design. The 1969 creation however was revolutionary.
It was designed with independent front suspension, and a nitro burning Chrysler. Hemi engine and a unique paint scheme. The name Rat Trap was the product of the “engine wars” of the 60’s when Chevrolet powered altereds (big block Chevrolet engines called “rat motors”) challenged the Chrysler powered altereds. The Rat Trap was one of four cars which made up the legendary Fuel Altered Tours of 1970, ‘71, and ‘72. Other cars on that tour were Willie Borsch with the Winged Express, Pure Heaven II and the Magnificent 7.
With such a great history I wanted to paint Ron’s helmet to look like it was very old and could have been one of the original race helmets. Due to the stringent safety standards there is no way to make an old helmet race worthy so we made Ron’s helmet look distressed with a fully functional interior that meets current standards and regulations. This helmet is brand new and all dirt scratches and fake chips are protected under flat clear.
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