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.
I think these pictures are part of the same photoshoot, probably in the 60s, going by Jochen Rindt’s hairstyle.
It’s effectively Jochen doing a striptease, which respectable racing drivers in the late 60s did not do! Maybe that’s why the pics weren’t used - I believe it was a watch ad.
Perfect pouting and smouldering and posing.
F1 drivers stripping off for adverts isn’t that uncommon now, but in the ’60s, it was as scandalous as it was alluring.
Francois Cevert looks thoughtful in massive sunnies.
I don’t know where or when this pic was taken. I’m assuming 1971-ish by the hairstyle. It’s a very well-done picture.
So many Francois pictures to choose from.
This one is so soulful and lovely, and demonstrates that in the right hands, even aviator shades can be elegant and flattering.
Part Two of Grand Prix Fashions's first birthday celebrations coming up today - my personal favourites from the fashion archives, for your repeated viewing pleasure.
Jackie Stewart models some rather daringly colourful overalls in 1970. Green and yellow was more the original Lotus colour scheme, but never mind.
I’ve never got to the bottom of this.
Jackie Stewart channels Trevor Taylor, a court jester and Zandra Rhodes, probably.
Burns and McRae as Subaru team-mates in 1995, alongside the weirdly ageless Carlos Sainz.
Note the late appearances of Richard’s big ginger hair, and Colin’s overbite.
That Subaru blue will always be a classic motorsport colour.
This mid-1990s royal-blue Subaru look was the most popular rally fashion of the last year.
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.
James Hunt, Ronnie Peterson, denim and a topless car - all the makings of a fashion classic.
Carroll Shelby cares not one jot for Ferrari’s sophisticated image. It’s dungarees all the way for him.
Carroll and his Andy Pandy dungarees have a surprisingly large following on here.
F1 drivers get on their bikes and model some colourful cycling kit!
L-R: Jody Scheckter, Patrick Depailler, James Hunt, Niki Lauda, Ingo Hoffmann, Emerson Fittipaldi, Larry Perkins.
Always, always reblog the F1 cycle race. Racing drivers in primitive primary-coloured lycra never fails to raise a smile.
Niki Lauda plays on a swing in London, 1981. I’m not sure what the story behind this picture is, or why he is all dressed to race with nowhere to go.
Niki on a swing, in full overalls despite the complete lack of fire risk, was one of the most popular fashions of last year.