Historic Helmets: Jacques Laffite
French pilots of the 70s and 80s are a breed apart. With Elf and Renault in the premier class but also in promotional competitions such as Formula 2 and Formula 3, it was grown vigorously national talent. It may be why at this time there are so many Gauls drivers with a lot of charisma. One of the most time was by Formula 1 was Jacques Laffite, who at 43 he is still up to the podium and only forced to retire after a serious accident. His helmet is remembered for its simplicity; the picture of an era.
Actually, The hull design is another Jacques Laffite in this list as curious drivers who opt for a single color. One would think that with the arrival of the colorful 70s, helmets would adopt all kinds of designs. And yet, there were so many examples of riders with helmets incredibly simple. Sometimes it almost seemed the simplest helmets hid their heads more focused on driving as quickly as possible, rather than think of something as "superficial" as hull design.
And even so, He may unwittingly helmet Laffite became a classic of the era. Surely his long years on board the blue Ligier contribute to that so characteristic color image car "Bleu de France" with a dark helmet, almost black, at the head of his pilot. Because the hull of the Parisian who fought with the best of the time was that dark, with limited time photographic quality of tone which was not bad but the colors can be confused sometimes- often appeared to be a dark blue or black….
But it was not! It was not black. The used color was dark green, very dark. Like the "British Racing Green". The reason the color is lost in history and surely the only solution to uncover the mystery would go to talk with Laffite itself. Depending on the year, color was lighter or darker, though he had the right tone so that also the sunlight had an effect on how the hull was seen in the lens of the photographer who took the snapshot or the retina of the observer.
There was never more secret than that, in its hull. A design with a single base color ... and now. In a way, at least. The reality is that Laffite added on the side of his helmet some stickers with the logos of Winfield, French riding school from which came talents like himself, as well as Didier Pironi, Patrick Tambay, Christian Danner or even the champions Alain Prost and Damon Hill. One would have to use a sticker on each side.
But Laffite was a little further and decided to put several of them, one beside the other, giving full circle around the hull except in the area of the visor. It was something that might seem a ridiculous both in concept but whose application gave the town the needed touch of color thanks to the white and red logos Winfield -australiana- not be confused with tobacco. In the end, the hull was dark, yes, but the rojiblancos Orbs side even made the dark green stand out.
In recent times, the daughter of Jacques Laffite, Margot Laffite, has honored his father with his helmet design. Although the helmet that looks young is not exactly the same as his father, the background color itself is the same shade of green on which applies its own. A good way to show its origins, because obviously if she has been a pilot is primarily the story of his father racing.
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