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.
Ronnie Peterson pretends he can’t see James Hunt spying on the inner workings of his Tyrrell six-wheeler.
His jeans and anorak match the car. It must have been cold - James has trousers and shoes on.
Patrick is wearing a suit because WHY THE HELL NOT.
Early Ligier team photo. Jacques Laffite has gone casual, while Patrick Depailler channels Dr. Who in this Victorian-inspired suit.
Guy Ligier has had enough of their fighting, and has taken the prized seat in the car for himself.
Niki Lauda and Clay Regazzoni in colour co-ordinated denim-effect overalls, and matching tight shirts.
Modern style matchy matchy team dressing, ’70s style.
1974 Swedish Grand Prix - Drivers’ Parade. Love the wonky old truck.
Blue is obviously this season’s hot colour.
I can identify Mike Hailwood, Jochen Mass, Graham Hill (with amusing hair malfunction), James Hunt (big hair), Henri Pescarolo (Ming the Merciless), Jacky Ickx (sitting down, big sunnies), Guy Edwards (more big hair, just glimpsed at the back), Rikky von Opel (right, in sunglasses), Patrick Depailler (sunglasses, standing up to make himself look bigger), Jean-Pierre Beltoise and Vittorio Brambilla (back, chunky fella).
Jody Scheckter and Emmo are hiding here somewhere.
Topless hunks, in Brazil I think.***EDIT - it isn’t Brazil. I don’t know where it is***
Marvel at Jim Clark’s actually quite nice chest, the full glory of the back view of Graham Hill’s hairdo, and the funny colour that British people go in the sun.
I’m not sure what this is from - an awards show in the UK, in 1970, I think.
Jacky Ickx fidgets about looking rather handsome in a suit, then Graham Hill appears live from hospital, in his PJs, and talks smut at us.
Also note a suited and booted Jochen Rindt just behind the TV presenter.
And back to Jo Siffert again.
Two things here: the framing effect on this picture is brilliant.
And Jo’s cravat - he is wearing a motorbike-print cravat. Without a trace of irony.
Relatively few good pictures of Jacky Ickx, in his heyday, in suited and booted mode, seem to exist, although he must have dressed up on quite a number of occasions.
To demonstrate his innate style and grace, here’s Jacky at Monaco in 1971, in some sort of grubby paddock with trees growing in it. Note his sweat-free, porcelain complexion and sparkly-clean overalls.
The ever so neat and tidy Jim Clark and 1940s film star wannabe Graham Hill meet at the airport. Note Jim’s trophy, which he is casually carrying about with him.