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Garage Finds | James Stewart’s 2006 Fox Helmet and Oakley Goggles


Garage Finds | James Stewart’s 2006 Fox Helmet and Oakley Goggles

Presented by Throttle Syndicate

It’s amazing what will amass in your garage when you’ve been covering the sport for nearly three decades, and especially so when you’re forced to pack up your office into a dozen little boxes and relocate all of the treasures that have gathered on your walls. While trying to reorganize my garage a few days ago, I realized that much of the memorabilia I’ve gathered has a cool back story that is well worth sharing. Thus was born our new weekly feature, Garage Finds…

In 2006, James Stewart raced for Team Kawasaki with personal sponsorship from Red Bull and Boost Mobile. The Austrian energy drink brand was testing the waters in motocross and only required Stew to run sticker branding on his helmet, rather than the can-themed complete paint jobs that are more commonplace today. As they continue to today, Fox Racing complements each set of riding gear with a matching helmet, and as such, each of James’ helmets was outfitted with a sticker kit that was produced just for his helmets. 

In 2006, Oakley also produced a JS7 Signature Goggle, complete with gold frame graphics and a textured strap. At the time, Stewart had formed James Stewart Entertainment, which was the business entity that he ran all of his endorsements through. The design of the goggles followed the branding of JSE closely, and was a popular seller for the goggle manufacturer. 

Upon first inspection when I first dug this helmet out of storage, I counted the 12 Fox crossbones stickers on the back of the helmet and assumed that it was from James’ perfect 250 National Championship season in 2007, but that didn’t make sense because Monster Energy signed on as the title sponsor of the Kawasaki factory effort starting in ’07. No one in the Stewart camp was happy about this as he was forced to part ways with Red Bull as his personal sponsor, but as well all know, he was reunited with the brand in 2009 when he left Kawasaki and signed with the San Manuel Yamaha team. Getting back to the dozen stickers, Stew won eight Supercrosses and four MX Nationals in ’06.

Through the years I’d say that James and I became pretty good friends and while it was always easy enough to talk him out of a jersey here and there for a good friend of mine (or my daughter Megan, who was a rabid fan), he always redirected me to “his guy” when I asked for the helmet that I personally wanted for my office wall. At the end of the ’06 season – after Stewart was also on the winning United States Motocross of Nations team – I got a mysterious box from “his guy,” Chris Onstott at Fox Racing. “Could it be?” was written on the top of the box. Needless to say, I was pumped – super pumped, even – when I opened it up and discovered this inside.

Today, James Stewart is retired and raising two sons in Orlando, Florida, with his wife, Breanna. Oddly enough, he’ll usually reply to my texts about life and family, but anything motocross related usually goes unanswered. A few weeks ago, James did break his silence in THIS cool video produced by Seven MX and we can’t wait for part two.

Throttle Syndicate Bike Graphic of the Week


Honda No Wing No Prayer

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Donn Maeda

Donn Maeda is a 30-year veteran in moto-journalism, having worked at Cycle News and Dirt Rider before launching MXracer Magazine and TransWorld Motocross Magazine. Maeda is the Editor-In-Chief at Swapmoto Live and you can catch him on a dirt bike or in the saddle of a mountain bike on most days.

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