3. Gary Nixon


Though my list is made up of mostly current racers, I have a ton of respect for the badass that was Gary Nixon. The guy was all kinds of cool, both on and off a motorcycle, but his simple yet classic helmet design is still distinct today. This point was driven home for me when Jason DiSalvo paid tribute to Nixon at Daytona a few years back by running his livery on his bike, leathers, and helmet. No matter where he was on track, DiSalvo, with his Nixon replica paint job, was impossible to miss. And though he didn’t win the Daytona 200 that year, he without a doubt had the best looking colors that day. All thanks to Gary.