Nomex hood worn by Indy car driver John Mahler during the 1979-1980 season

Description (Brief):

Nomex hood worn by Indy car driver John Mahler during the 1979-1980 season. The nomex hood is white with a face opening with reinforced stitching and is to be worn under the driver's helmet. "Atlas Flame Beaters 500" tag stitched at the bottom of the hood. Mahler was a driver for Leonard W. Miller's Vanguard Racing, Inc. in 1972 and a team mate to Vanguard's African American driver, Benny Scott. Mahler, a white driver, competed in the 1972 Indianapolis 500 as the driver for Vanguard Inc. making Vanguard the first African American owned team to enter a car in the Indianapolis 500. Vanguard Racing Inc. would reorganize as Black American Racers Inc., an African American auto racing team founded in 1973 by Leonard W. Miller, Wendell Scott, Ron Hines and Malcolm Durham, who were members of the Black American Racers Association (BARA). The goal of BARA was to organize African-American drivers, mechanics, engineers, crew members and owners in stock car, open wheel and drag racing, and pave the way for greater success for African Americans in motor sports.

User: Mahler, John

Location: Currently not on view

Name Of Sport: auto racingLevel Of Sport: ProfessionalWeb Subject: African American


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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2016.0353.04.3Accession Number: 2016.0353Catalog Number: 2016.0353.04.3

Object Name: nomex hood

Physical Description: fabric, cotton (overall material)fabric, nomex (overall material)Measurements: overall: 15 in x 10 1/2 in; 38.1 cm x 26.67 cm


Record Id: nmah_1823435

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