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.
Piers Courage in 1970.
It looks as if it has been raining. He has an anorak on, and his hair has gone all curly.
There’s a bit of bromance to this picture of Jo Siffert and Brian Redman. Note how their hair parts in opposite directions.
Ferry Porsche presents Porsche sportscar ace Brian Redman with a mysterious gift.
Brian is mixing Mod chic (note the shiny fitted jacket) and floristry.
Jim Clark and Jackie Stewart, Belgian GP 1965.
Jim looks odd up there one the podium, in smart-casual knitwear.
Emerson with wife Maria and Helen Stewart (1973)
This is a more classic Emmo look. Very wide tailoring, a small-scale print and lots of hair.
I’m warming more and more to Maria Helena’s practical trouser suits and vibrant accessories. Helen Stewart is trying to steal some of her style here.
A baby Emerson Fittipaldi (1969)
Oh Em(mo) Gee.
A non-hairy Emmo, just about. Well, you can see almost all of his face, anyway.
Carlos Pace poses with his girlfriend and his mum, who are modelling sensible outfits.
Note Carlos’s whiter-than-white overalls, and his slightly dodgy side parting.
Francois Hesnault at Zandvoort in 1984.
He looks rather intense and a little windswept, and those dark-coloured overalls with white accents are ahead of the fashion curve.
(Source: Flickr / vroemmm)
Jacky Ickx - Saison F1 1972 - 1972 L’Automobile Octobre 1972
A rather emotional-looking Jacky Ickx models natural-look hair, and the wrong spelling of his name on his overalls.
South Africa 1982 - The drivers weren’t happy with FISA - the current FIA - as there were quite a few concerns regarding safety and contract issues. With Niki Lauda being the main instigator of the whole saga, the drivers decided to go on strike prior to the race in Kyalami.
On the morning of the first official session, Niki Lauda and Didier Pironi (who was the GPDA chairman at the moment) rounded up the fellow drivers - all bar Jochen Mass - in a bus and headed to a hotel in Johannesburg, where they all stayed the night.
The following day an agreement was reached and they all took part in qualifying and the race.
I’ve never seen the top picture before. Major points of interest are Rene Arnoux’s slacks, and Gilles Villeneuve’s rather unorthodox pigeon-toe pose.