One of my favorite drivers growing up was Ted Musgrave. When I was watching NASCAR back in middle and high school, Musgrave drove the #16 Family Channel Ford for Roush Racing. He was born in Waukegan, Illinois, which is close to my hometown of Evanston, and grew up racing in Wisconsin. He is a Camping World Truck Series Champion.
We had family friends who lived in Elkhorn Wisconsin for many years Penny and Tom Hogan, and their two kids, Chris and Patrice. We used to go up to their farm to visit them during the summer and over the holidays. We always had fun with them. I still look back on those days and it always brings a smile to my face. Aunt Penny was one of the few people in my life who understood my love for NASCAR, and one night she was at a party where Ted Musgrave was attending. She got me an autographed photo that is still near and dear to my heart:
I still have this photo to this day, and I look at it often. That is still one of my favorite paint schemes of all time. Aunt Penny was able to get me a second, personalized photo, which is still in my possession today:
As the years went by, and the NASCAR race-used collectors market began to grow, I began buying driver suits, and I came across this one, worn by Musgrave in 1998:
I love the fact that the logos on the sleeves are not only in the wrong position, but also the fact that they are the wrong typeface as well. The logos at the end of the sleeves and on the sides of the legs are supposed to be sideways so that the in-car cameras can see them easily. But I still missed that Family Channel Scheme, then in May of this year, I came across an ebay listing that I just couldn’t say no to, and I got this:
That is a Ted Musgrave helmet that he wore in qualifying in 1996. I love everything about this helmet, and it is even signed on the top
Shortly thereafter, I came across this on ebay…
That is a 1/4 scale version of the full size helmet I currently own. I had to have a little fun with it, so I did this video:
That helmet is one of my favorite items and everytime I see it, I think back to the 90’s, and all the fun we had at the Hogans, and it always brings a smile to my face.