Ayrton Senna 1987 1:2 Scale Helmet

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Ayrton Senna captured the hearts of so many fans and is considered one of the most brilliant drivers in the history of Formula One, but he was always different from the other greats. The likes of Prost, Schumacher and Hamilton are all considered greats of Formula 1, with multiple World Championship’s, blistering speed and intelligently assertive race craft.  

Senna is a great because just like the others he had multiple titles and blistering speed, however Senna’s driving was rife with passion and emotion. To Senna every input on the steering wheel, every movement on the pedals was based on his connection to the car and circuit. He has an unapologetic fire to his driving style, and to his race craft. What made Senna sensational was the smoothness to his driving, despite it coming from a place of desire and drive, and not the calculated and scientific style that most greats have. Perhaps Senna is most famous for nothing ever being enough.  

Similarly, Senna is separated from other champions for his formidable commitment to pushing the boundaries lap after lap after lap. Taking it easy when he had a comfortable lead was not a concept that Senna understood, his passion would not allow him to let off, his desire meant that he couldn’t drive at anything less than 100%. 

 The 1987 saw Senna driving in his final season for the Lotus F1 team, alongside the Japanese driver Nakajima. The Turbo-Honda powered car shared the same engine supplier as the Williams, however the Williams car was far superior, with its two drivers – fellow Brazilian – Piquet and British Mansell securing 1st and 2nd in the Driver’s Championship. Senna came an impressive third in the 1987 championship, what makes this even more astounding is when you learn that his teammate only came 12th.  

The highlight of Senna’s season came at the Monte Carlo race where he won his first of two wins for the season and lapped everybody up to 3rd place and winning by over 30 seconds. It would go on to become Senna’s greatest circuit, as he now holds the record for most wins at the prestigious street-circuit.  

The darkest hour came at the San Marino Grand Prix in 1994. Whilst leading around the Imola circuit, a crash saw the three-time World Champion lose his life instantly as he struck the barrier. The event took the Formula 1 world by shock, especially as a fellow competitor, Roland Ratzenburg, had died just the day before in another tragic accident in Qualifying. This tragic weekend was a wakeup call to Formula 1 that they need to drastically increase the safety standards.

Celebrate the talent and skill of a racing driver and the beloved personality of a man with this half scale replica of Senna’s iconic 1987 helmet – the perfect way to travel back in time and relive the last season of one of F1’s greats.  

  • Ayrton Senna 1987 1:2 Replica Helmet 
  • Racing for Lotus 
  • Professionally displayed in a display case 
  • Dimensions: 23cm L x 16cm W 15.2cm H approx.