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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

August 8, 2013 at 3:55 PM

UW retiring the Husky Helmet Car

The Husky Helmet Car, a fixture at Husky Stadium for decades, is begin retired, UW announced Thursday.

As part of a $261 million renovation to the stadium — set to reopen Aug. 31 — the track around the field was removed, leaving no room for the helmet car to roam.

The car will be donated to the Museum of History & Industry in a ceremony Aug. 15. The ceremony, open to the public, begins at 10:30 a.m.

According to UW, 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. Several supporters hoped to drive the helmet car down to Pasadena, Calif., and into the Rose Bowl Parade, but the car never made the trip that year. It is believed that in the following season, the helmet car started circling the track after every UW score, with members of the UW band and cheer squad riding in celebration.

The car was financed by the UW athletic department and maintained and operated by Husky Marching Band directors and members.

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