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“There were no regulations when I started drag racing my bike that said you had to wear a helmet, so I didn’t. But then NHRA started requiring a helmet. At Santa Ana Drag Strip I wore one on a run. The frame broke, I was pitched over the front of the bike, and my body went through the lights at 103 mph. I landed on my lid and took the helmet back to the manufacturer who said they tested their helmets by dropping anvils on them but they’d never seen one banged up that bad.” He hung up his motorcycle helmet after that and went back to racing cars.