Information please: Helmet and fairing

Dear CR
I have a couple of questions that I hope can be answered by somebody with a better memory or better references than me.

The first concerns the crash helmet of Fumio Ito during his brief 1963 season. My memory is that the main colour was a light blue, but there was some sort of design in a white oval at the front. The photographs I hold are not clear enough to see this, but it doesn’t appear to be the crossed tuning forks of Yamaha or Japanese flag that might be expected.

My second question is about the fairing colours of Jawa during the 1964 and 1965 seasons. My drawing at the time is of grey above purple, but I suspect this owes more to childish imagination than reality. I know they later moved to red and white, so maybe the lower colour in the above years was red, but it is clear from black and white photos that the upper colour is not white. Maybe a pale blue to match the Czech flag or silver/grey?

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Any additional information would be very welcome.

G Shimming


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Hello G

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