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Apr 16, 2002

Bidding On Duhamel Helmet Stalled At $800, Three Days Remaining In Auction To Benefit The Action Fund

Copyright 2002, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.

With three days remaining in the auction to benefit the Action Fund, bidding on an unobtainable, autographed Miguel Duhamel Shoei X-SPII helmet has stalled at $800. The sale is due to close at 12:11 p.m. Pacific Time Thursday, April 18.

After drawing seven bids within the first few hours, there has been no activity in the eBay auction of the Duhamel helmet since the opening flurry. As it usually does, bidding may become much more active as the close of bidding nears. In the recent auction of Eric Bostrom's leathers, the high bid went from $2025 to $3351 in the last 10 minutes of the bidding.

The original web post announcing the auction of the Miguel Duhamel helmet, photos of the helmet and a link to the bidding follows.

This Miguel Duhamel Shoei motorcycle helmet was donated by Shoei Safety Helmet Corporation to be auctioned off to benefit the Action Fund, a new non-profit corporation which has taken over the work previously done by the informally-organized Roadracing World Air Fence* Fund. Autographed by all-time AMA Superbike and 600cc Supersport win leader Miguel Duhamel, this helmet is technically not a replica, but instead is an actual Miguel Duhamel helmet.

Shoei only makes the X-SPII model in Duhamel's Troy Lee-designed paint scheme for Duhamel himself to wear in races. Duhamel replicas that are sold to the public are only made in the less-expensive, entry-level RF900 model.

This special lid is in brand new, never-worn condition. It is currently set up for a "Small" size, but Shoei's Motorsports Manager Rob Vallejos says that the helmet can be re-fitted for any size, up to Large, with a swap of the helmet's 3-D Liner internal padding system. Vallejos said he would be happy to help re-fit the helmet for the winning bidder.

Like all new Shoei X-SPIIs, this helmet comes with a clear and a smoked CX-1 face shield, a breath guard, a chin curtain, a maintenance kit, owner's manual, fleece-lined carrying bag, original box and a five-year warranty. Of course, only this helmet comes with Miguel Duhamel's signature in white paint marker on the back!

Normal Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price for a Shoei X-SPII replica helmet is a little under $800.

The auction is due to close at approximately 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time, Thursday, April 18. To go directly to the auction, click on the following link:

Roadracing World has a couple of items remaining that will be put up for auction in the near future, but we are always looking for more pieces of racing memorabilia, collectibles, products and/or services to be donated to benefit the Action Fund. If you have an item that you would like to donate for auction, please call Roadracing World's David Swarts at 909-245-6411 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, Monday through Friday.

The Roadracing World Air Fence Fund was established in April 2001 to raise money to purchase and deploy Air Fence and Air Module soft barriers to protect crashed riders from hitting walls and other hard objects at racetracks. In less than one year, the Fund has raised over $174,000, with over $11,000 coming from the auctions of donated racing memorabilia such as this helmet. For more information about the Roadracing World Air Fence Fund, including a full accounting of the collections and disbursements and stories about racers being saved by soft barriers, go to the home page and click on the Air Fence headline.

The Action Fund has taken over the work of the Roadracing World Air Fence Fund and will continue to use donations to buy and deploy Air Fence and Air Modules to improve racetrack safety.

*Air Fence is a trademark of Airfence Safety Systems of Australia.
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