Why Shedden’s design is personal
Gordon Shedden’s crash helmet design is distinctive. The deep blue has become well known by fans and the yellow burst – which changed to a ‘flash’ once he had acquired his racing nickname when he joined Team Dynamics – is also unique to him.
Even when the Scot changed the colours to blood red and yellow last season, it was still distinctively his.
“I wanted the dark blue for Scotland,” says Shedden. “And the yellow that I had to begin with was meant to represent flames. I also wanted to have more national identity on there. Lots of people had the saltire on their lids – that was really David Coulthard’s thing – but I am also superstitious about it, you will notice that it isn’t even on my race suit. Also, the tartan thing had been done by Jackie Stewart and Allan Mcnish. I wanted something different, so every crash helmet I have has a map of Scotland. That has stayed with me to this day.”
Shedden thinks it is important for drivers to have their own style: “When you look at some of the younger drivers or karters coming up through the ranks, it looks like there has been an accident in a paint shop with their helmet design.
“When you think back to some driver – even some of the more recent ones like Mika Hakkinen or Jenson Button, they have a distinctive signature of their own. I think that is a really important thing in motorsport.”