Before he brought some of the 1930s’ and ’40s’ most powerful and complex speed wagons to the racetrack, Art Sparks got warmed up with a few lightweight jobs – stuntman, wing-walker, bill collector, school teacher and crash-prone T-bucket racer. But where the brilliant and eccentric Sparks earned his renown was at the pancake-flat dirt tracks where his Poison Lil car showed competitors her fenderless bobtail backside. Slouched-front driving caps much like this one were a common sight at those storied ovals, pulled down low to fend off winds rushing through the open cockpits. Ours is sleeker, a little more close-fitting, and engineered with a full-bodied blended wool fabric that turns back chilly gusts. The polyester lining feels smooth on the head – especially nice if your hair’s not as thick as it used to be. A CoolDry mesh sweatband helps keep you cool and dry as you maneuver through serpentines, and leather-like tabs with brass slider buckles let you snug it down to stay put as you sail across the finish line.