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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 2013
Museum of History & Industry PR
media@mohai.org
206 324 1126 Ext. 150

Husky Football Helmet Car to Be Donated to Museum of History & Industry

August 13, 2013

SEATTLE, WA—University of Washington (UW) athletic department officials announced Thursday, that the Husky Helmet Car will be donated to MOHAI, the Museum of History & Industry. The helmet car grew fame from circling Husky Stadium on a track following every Washington score, with members of the UW band and cheer squad riding in celebration. Husky Stadium is completing a $250 million renovation, which included the removal of the track, resulting in a lack of space for the helmet car to run.

The car will be donated to MOHAI on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013 at 10:30 am in a ceremony open to the public and media.“MOHAI does a tremendous job of preserving the rich history of the Seattle-area, and we knew the Husky Helmet Car would be a great fit there,” Shannon Kelly, Associate Athletic Director for Marketing and Strategic Programs said. “We’ll certainly miss it in Husky Stadium, but Dawg fans can breathe a sigh of relief knowing it now has a great home.”

The origin of the helmet car is believed to be traced back to the 1977 season, when the Huskies won the Pac-8 championship and earned a trip to the Rose Bowl. According to tale, several supporters hoped to drive the helmet car down to Pasadena, CA, and into the Rose Bowl Parade. The car never made the trip to the 1977 Rose Bowl, but is believed to have begun circling the track in Husky Stadium during the 1978 season. The car was financed by the UW athletic department and maintained and operated by Husky Marching Band directors and members.

“The Husky Helmet is such a wonderful part of the University of Washington football tradition,” said MOHAI Executive Director Leonard Garfield. “We’re honored that the University of Washington came to MOHAI to help continue the legacy of this unique part of our community’s history.”