Inside Motorsports Vol. 1 2018/Q1 - Part I - Page 5

Hel met of t he er a hist or y and Anal yzis Af t er t he sof t hel met s, i n 1949, t he f i r st hel met s wi t h har d shel l wer e bor n. The har d shel l was made t o act ual l y absor b some of t he ener gy of t he i mpact . As You can see f or pr ot ect i ng t he f ace, t her e was basi cal l y not hi ng, onl y t he gl asses, f or pr ot ect i ng t he eyes of t he dr i ver s. The 1950's wer e pr et t y i mpor t ant i n t he hi st or y of r aci ng hel met s, i n 1954 t he Bel l hel met f act or y desi gned t he f i r st mass pr oduced r aci ng hel met , st ar t i ng pr oduct i on i n 1957. At t he end of t he '50s, many i mpor t ant t hi ngs happened: t he devel opment of f ul l f ace hel met s st ar t ed, and i n 1959 Snel l Memor i al Foundat i on cr eat ed t he f i r st r aci ng hel met st andar ds. 1950's: Juan Manuel Fangio's hel met