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Rossi Helmet Auction

 

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Valentino Rossi Helmet Auction

Rossi Helmet

November 20, 2007 - Dainese will be auctioning off on eBay the AGV helmet worn by Valentino Rossi for the benefit of the non-profit “Un sogno per il Gaslini Onlus” association (“A dream for Gaslini Children’s Hospital”).

And get this: the Doctor himself will present the helmet to the generous bidder in person!

Dainese had great success in the past auctioning some of Rossi's unique personal racing gear for charity, so they decided to continue the tradition.

After his racing suit, boots, and gloves auctioned off in 2005 and 2006, the helmet produced by AGV – a historic brand that returned to Italy after purchase by Dainese last August – was destined to follow.

The helmet was used by Rossi during the Grand Prix race in Mugello in June 2007.  Designed by Aldo Drudi, only three examples were ever made of this helmet, which is
distinguished by a big red heart at the center of the shell.

The idea is that the heart will complement the big heart of the motorcycle racing fan who places the highest bid at the auction scheduled to begin at 12.00 PM on Thursday, November 22 and end at the same time on Tuesday, November 27.

Bidding will start at 1 Euro and can be accessed from the home page of the Dainese website by anyone who wants to make an offer of their own.  Generous fans will have five days to win a truly unique airbrushed helmet autographed by Valentino Rossi himself, who will deliver the helmet to the winner in person in the first days of December.

Proceeds from the on-line auction will be entirely devolved to the non-profit “Un sogno per il Gaslini Onlus” association for the completion of an accommodation structure to serve the over 50,000 children admitted to Genoa’s Giannina Gaslini Hospital, Italy’s largest children’s hospital.

In particular, a center with areas dedicated to play, distance learning, physical rehabilitation, and meetings with family members will be created inside San Gerolamo Abbey next door to the hospital.

For the past three years, Dainese has been promoting solidarity and research projects that give motorcycle racing fans the chance to make great gestures of generosity of their own.

The 35 thousand Euros raised by the auction of Valentino Rossi’s racing suit (won by an English collector) the first year helped fund a motorcycle rider research project developed together with Padova University’s Mechanical Engineering Department.

The over 70 thousand Euros raised from the auction of the Doctor’s racing suit, boots, and gloves in 2006 were also dedicated to the “Un sogno per il Gaslini” Project. 

"Providing people with head-to-toe protection for dynamic sports” was the mission with which Dainese was originally founded back in 1972 by its current CEO, Lino Dainese - a mission that the company continues to pursue today in every new application to make Dainese a dynamic protagonist in constant motion itself.”

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