Classic motorsport images from the golden era of racing, when men were men and everything was simultaneously much more and far less tacky than it is now.
Warning: this is a style blog and should not be taken as serious commentary on anything other than interesting retro fashions.
Another driver-cleaning-their-helmet shot.
Manfred Winkelhock shows us what motorsport fashion in the 1980s was all about - the first branded sportswear, blunt mullet haircuts and gold necklaces.
Extra points for the pink overalls.
Bruce McLaren and Bruce’s bum in a rather tatty set of overalls.
Patrick Depailler appears to have foregone fireproof undershirts in this picture - apparently, he didn’t like them that much. I hope he has pants on.
Note also how slight and little he was at the end of his career.
Nina and Jochen Rindt, 1970.
Nina being amazing as usual, in shoes that probably matched Jochen’s off-track ones.
Jochen in very shiny, very clean overalls - I assume this is the start of the season.
Colin Chapman in brown, matching his perma-tan.
Ayrton Senna with a beard, 1988.
Ayrton did not usually approve of such fripperies as facial hair.
He should have done. It suits him.
At Sebring in 1972, Vic Elford takes a break to spruce up his helmet. Good idea, since it appears to be duct-taped across the top.
On a personal note, I really dig his rock star hair.
Vic is channeling Jochen Rindt here, although Jochen never got on with full-face helmets.
Note his tiny waist: like Jochen, Vic was actually very slight underneath his loose-fitting Nomex. I saw Vic in the flesh a few years back, and he was still pretty trim.
Talking of the murderous truck driver look, here’s Dale Earnhardt again, after facial hair and a small amount of ageing haven’t been kind to him.
He appears to have borrowed Richard Petty’s hat.
Before Eddie Jordan was known for his exuberant print shirts and rather convincing wigs, he was a little-known racing driver with his own neat little spin on the murderous truck driver look. That hair/glasses combo belongs on the front of a true-crime book.
A pre-Formula One Manfred Winkelhock shows off his motor in 1976.
Check out the corduroy flares, the moustache, the attitude.
The car is a VW Scirocco and it’s probably worth an absolute fortune now.
this is singlehandedly the greatest book cover i have ever seen
Take care of her, dear!
Post-retirement, Jackie Stewart abandoned denim and velvet and leather in favour of this sensible, middle-aged look. The hair is the only nod to his previous incarnation.
He’s slyly catching up on lost time with his current crazy-old-Scottish-laird-in-Oakleys look.