What Might Be Tom Eastham’s Only Firesuit

By David G. Firestone

Some race car drivers stand the test of time and are respected until the end of time. Some drivers have a small impact, but aren’t as well-known. Some drivers race for a few years, and have no real impact outside of a small area. Tom Eastham is in the third category.

Finding information on Tom Eastham as a driver is very difficult. He’s not listed on Racing Reference at all, and his Driver DB profile only lists two races. Through the fine folks at Ultimate Racing History, I was able to find a profile with quite a few races. From this, I can deduce the following:

Tom Eastham was a driver who was active from 1979 to 1982 in the SCCA and IMSA. He primarily raced a Chevy Camaro on the West Coast of America and Canada. He did not really do much with his career, and has faded into obscurity since. During his career, he raced in this vintage Hinchman suit. The suit shows its age, and has a decent amount of wear.The collar has a Velcro closure, and there is a small wash tag in the cowl. The right chest features a CRC Chemicals Trans-Am Championship patch, which dates the suit to 1980 to 1982.The left chest features TOM EASHTAM sewn into the chest in chain-stitching. There is evidence of two patches that have been removed from the suit present.The front torso features a yellow and blue striped design on the cream Nomex.There is an unadorned belt present on the suit.The legs have blue stripes on the cream Nomex, and they have standard cuffs.The shoulders have blue stripes on the yellow Nomex. The right sleeve has a blue stripe and a HINCHMAN NOMEX logo sewn into it. The left sleeve has a blue stripe sewn into it. The back of the suit shows some wear on the fabric.The back of the neck is unadorned though there are some light stains.The back of the torso shows some wear in scuffs.Next Friday Feature, a NASCAR driver suit!

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