An exhibit of several components throughout the International Motor Racing Research Center highlights the extraordinary career of racer, engineer and innovator John C. Fitch. It comprises diverse materials, including advertisements for Fitch’s automotive safety equipment, photographs, racing trophies, models of cars from his long career and his racing helmet and goggles.
Fitch participated in almost 140 car races on three continents, from the first post-World War II road race at Bridgehampton in 1949 to his last professional race at Sebring in 1966.
Fitch’s work as an inventor was extensive. His most well-known innovations include the inertial barriers, barrels that protect drivers from dangerous hazards at exit ramps and bridge abutments; the Driver Safety Capsule, a compartment in a race car that surrounds and protects drivers in the event of a collision; and his devices and treatments for improving fuel economy in cars and ships.