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August 16, 2013 at 8:40 AM

Morning links: Husky Helmet Car parked for good

Former UofW band member (he played clarinet) and Helmet Car driver Dan Grinnell, right, peers into the side of the car. Grinnell drove the car for two years, 1989 and 1990. He remembers the time in 1990 when before the start of the UW vs UCLA football game, the UCLA band stole the key to the car. There was no spare, so Grinnell had to "hot wire" it to start it.   The UofW Husky Helmet Car has been retired and donated to MOHAI in a ceremony thursday morning. The Helmet Car made its debut at the 1977 Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. It was planned to be in the New Year's day parade but the Rose Parade committee denied the car a place because "it wasn't decorated with flowers". The fiberglass car was built on a Volkswagen chassis and engine. With the 2013 remodel of Husky stadium there's no room for the car to drive, since the track was removed. (Greg Gilbert/The Seattle Times)

Former UW band member and Helmet Car driver Dan Grinnell peers into the side of the car. (Greg Gilbert/The Seattle Times)

Seattle Times photographer Greg Gilbert attended the retirement ceremony for the Husky Helmet Car at the Museum of History & Industry on Thursday.

Pictured above is Dan Grinnell, a former UW drove the car for two years, in 1989 and 1990. As he told Gilbert, Grinnell remembers the time in 1990 when before the start of the UW-UCLA game, the UCLA band stole the key to the car. There was no spare, so Grinnell had to “hot wire” it to start.

The fiberglass car was built on a Volkswagen chassis and engine, Gilbert reports. With the renovation of Husky Stadium, and the removal of the track, there’s no room for the car to drive.

– Here’s my story for today’s paper on Austin Seferian-Jenkins having surgery, and Michael Hartvigson and Josh Perkins stepping to the fore.

Thursday’s practice notes.

– Recap of our chat with Scott Woodward.

Reminiscing about two legendary Pac-12 coaches, Don James and Dick Tomey.

– WR Damore’ea Stringfellow makes this list of potential “impact” freshman in the Pac-12. Not a bad list, but as noted here WR John Ross and DE JoJo Mathis have been the most impressive true freshmen in the first two weeks of camp. (I’ll have more thoughts on those freshmen this weekend).

– One of the state’s top recruits, Devante Downs of THE Mountlake Terrace High School (Go Hawks!), announced his verbal commitment to Cal on Twitter. Downs, who torn his ACL at an Oregon State camp this summer, had offers from most of the Pac-12 schools, including UW.

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