Little Guy November Goes Across The Pond

By David G. Firestone

Little Guy November continues, this time in Britain. In 1980, Steve O’Rourke, manager Pink Floyd founded EMKA Racing. The team raced in British sports car racing, and occasionally Formula 1. The team had some success, including 3 wins, 6 class wins, 18 class podiums, and several championship runs.

The team went through a series of drivers, including a British driver by the name of Guy Holmes. Holmes was a small-time driver, who raced in various British series, and even raced in the 1996 24 Hours of LeMans. He raced in Britain for several years before EMKA Racing. In 1986, he wore this Mobil 1 double layer AWS Racewear firesuit. The suit shows light use, but is in great condition.The collar has a Velcro strap, and a MOBIL 1 logo is embroidered on the neck.The cowl has a standard tag with washing instructions. There is also a Nomex tag inside of the Velcro strap. The right chest features an AWS Racewear logo embroidered on the white background.The left chest is unadorned.The upper torso features a MOBIL 1 logo embroidered. There is a red stripe separating the white and the blue material.GUY HOLMES is embroidered in white on the blue material of the belt.The legs have standard cuffs, and are unadorned.The shoulders have white epaulets that are unadorned, and outlined in blue. The sleeves have white material on the outside, a red stripe, and blue material on the inside. There is an AWS Racewear logo embroidered, but the sleeves are otherwise unadorned. The back of the suit doesn’t show any real wear.The back of the neck has NORME 1986 1986 STANDARD ADVANCED WEAR AND SAFETY FIA FIA 1.082R.A.C.88 certification embroidered. I should point out that this is how I determined this suit from 1986. Information on Guy Holmes outside of 1995-1997 is impossible to find, so that’s how I came to that conclusion.The upper front torso features a MOBIL 1 logo embroidered.Guy Holmes is a racer who got to the top of his racing of choice, but who couldn’t get the job done, so he has faded into obscurity.

Next Week, an undershirt.

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