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Bidding on an autographed Miguel Duhamel helmet has reached $1225, with approximately 24 hours remaining in the auction to benefit the Roadracingworld.com Action Fund. The highest offer for the unobtainable helmet reached $800 on the first day but then stalled at that amount for the next three days. Interest renewed when "compms2" joined the process, and seven new bids later, the highest bid of $1225 is held by "steph9985". With five bids each, it appears that this auction will be a two-horse race between "compms2" and "steph9985" unless a new bidder appears in the closing minutes of the sale.
The auction is due to close at 3:11 p.m. Eastern Time Thursday, April 18.
The original web posting announcing the auction appears below:
This Miguel Duhamel Shoei motorcycle helmet was donated by Shoei Safety Helmet Corporation to be auctioned off to benefit the Roadracingworld.com 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:http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1820700776
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 Roadracing.com 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 www.roadracingworld.com home page and click on the Air Fence headline.
The Roadracingworld.com 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.