SEATTLE - University of Washington 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 Thurs., Aug. 15, at 10:30 a.m. 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, Calif., 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.”
MOHAI is dedicated to enriching lives through preserving, sharing, and teaching the diverse history of Seattle, the Puget Sound region, and the nation. As the largest private heritage organization in the State of Washington; the museum engages communities through interactive exhibits, online resources, and award-winning public and youth education programs. For more information about MOHAI, please visit www.mohai.org or call (206) 324-1126.