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.
Roy Salvadori and Jo Bonnier in about 1960?
They appear to have enjoyed a picnic and are now playing cards.
Jo preferred racing casual for as long as he could, although Roy adapted to new-fangled nomex-with-elasticated-bits quite quickly.
Grand Prix drivers gather in Chris Amon’s mum’s garden for an interestingly-attired cricket game in 1968.
Frank Gardner is sitting. Jim Clark is in tennis shorts, in the middle, with Piers Courage, in yellow and booty shorts, to our right. I think it’s Roy Salvadori next to him, then Pedro Rodriguez, who is not getting his legs or chest out for anyone.
Boys, this is not cricketing attire. Graham Hill would not approve.
The Ronde Cevenole in 1970.
Another case of “my car’s broken down, what do I do? I know, before I do anything else, I’ll strip down to my underwear. At least then, I won’t get grease stains all down my new overalls. Yes, that’s what i’ll do.”
Gerard Larrousse is in this pic somewhere, but I don’t think underpants boy is him.
Ages ago, I mentioned a picture of Jochen Rindt in a nasty yeti coat. Here it is.
Jochen Rindt was another individual I didn’t identify with, although, of course, he really impressed me. In November 1969, as part of a public relations exercise to promote the Jochen Rindt Show, he took the incredible Green Monster out on the apron at Aspern airport. I was in the crowd that day and saw Jochen in a superb full-length fur coat. A coat like that would have looked incredibly stupid on any other man, but on him it looked truly majestic. He came right across to where I was standing and shook hands with me. This came as a total surprise and I was naturally delighted and proud. - Niki Lauda, To Hell and Back
We have a debate on our hands!
Jochen Rindt had many great style moments - he even had his own fashion label for a while, according to Peter Warr - but this isn’t one of them.
Piers Courage tries to maintain a serious expression, despite the twin challenges of his interesting straw sun hat, and a photobombing Andrea de Adamich.
Early use of an umbrella as a grid accessory by Francois Cevert.
1964. Simpler times for Grand Prix fashionistas, when it was all about neat baby blue stuff from Les Leston.
Hugh Dibley, Jackie Stewart and Jim Clark share a casual giggly moment.
SAS Racing Team and its sensibly dressed and smiley drivers, Zandvoort, about 1969.
Liane Engeman turns heads in the Zandvoort pits, in about 1965.
Yes, she was a real racing driver. Quite fast.