One of the biggest improvement in revamped Husky Stadium comes from the removal of the track. No longer is this out-of-place loop circling the field.
But, the removal of the track also means a removal of a tradition. Washington will be donating the Helmet Car — which zipped around the stadium with cheerleaders aboard when the Huskies scored — to the Museum of History and Industry & Seattle.
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 legend, 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.
The car will be donated to MOHAI on Thurs., Aug. 15, at 10:30 a.m. in a ceremony open to the public and media.