The Watchful Eye (Helmet) Of Chris McMurry
Chris McMurry commissions a new helmet design every season – “it’s my calling card” – last year’s having an Arizona theme (his home state), 2004 was the ‘Speed Racer’ and 2003 was a sponsor-oriented helmet for Fairytale Brownies.

“I collect the helmets on a shelf at home; as a series they are striking and beautiful. I figure when I hang up the shoes someday, it'll be great fun to look at the 15-20 different lids and remember all the fun.”

The 2006 theme is that of the movement of a JeanRichard Swiss watch, designed by Troy Lee Designs.

“The concept for the design of this year's helmet came from JeanRichard President / CEO Ron Jackson,” explains McMurry. “I shared the idea of creating a custom helmet and the associated promotion with him a few months ago, and a few days later he emailed me an incredible design rendering he dreamed up, that Troy Lee Designs then brought to life in exquisite airbrush detail. The lettering in this year's helmet is actually gold -- I'll have to watch where I leave it!”

As avid dsc readers will know, the ‘associated promotion’ is called “Watch, See, Win,” and anyone who buys a JEANRICHARD timepiece during the promotional period in the U.S., at an authorized retailer, receives two free tickets to a 2006 American Le Mans Series race plus a one-year subscription to bi-monthly magazine Auto Aficionado. All purchasers will then be entered into a grand prize drawing that will occur just after the last ALMS race this season. The grand prize winners will receive a three-day, two night (accommodations at Chateau Elan Winery & Resort) trip for two to Atlanta for a one-day racing experience at the Panoz Racing School, and a replica of Chris McMurry’s helmet.

So look out for an Autocon Lola driven by a JeanRichard watch – at ALMS events this season.


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