Sometimes progress can be painful. And with the University of Washington Huskies football team preparing to unveil a new $250 million stadium renovation this season, one of the casualties in this progress will be a longtime fan favorite: the Husky Helmet Car. School officials announced Thursday that since the revamped stadium doesn’t include a track, there won’t be room for the iconic Helmet Car, so the decision has been made to donate it to Seattle’s MOHAI, the Museum of History & Industry.
As those who follow Huskies football know, the Husky Helmet Car has been circling the track after every home team score for over three decades. According to a press release sent out by the university, “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.”
Now, the Helmet Car will be maintained by MOHAI - which plans an official donation ceremony on Thursday, Aug. 15.
“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 in a distributed press release. “We’ll certainly miss it in Husky Stadium, but Dawg fans can breathe a sigh of relief knowing it now has a great home.”