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.
Not Tom Pryce this time, but Nella Pryce, his wife, in the Shadow pits in 1976. I’m not sure whether all team pits were equipped with sewing machines, and whether they were subject to fuel and power output rules, like everything else.
This was captioned as Nella sewing on badges, but it looks more like full-on alterations to me. Someone has fibbed about their height and/or weight.
Ayrton Senna pretends to be able to read Japanese, whilst modelling a bathrobe and rather big hair.
This is the Senna mullet at its full extent.
James polishing his helmet.
Racing drivers perform menial tasks: a rare James Hunt example.
That’s a very shiny helmet.
911 - Björn´s choice for the savannah.
Love the Alfred Hitchcock feel to these gifs, with the plane.
Bjorn Waldegard was a pro at pairing a cool car with a tight white t-shirt. Almost James Dean standard.
Catching up on some modern F1 chat, and it has come to my attention that Christian Horner is attempting to go all Trendy Wendy on us.
Christian, losing the bouffant was probably for the best in the long run, but I’ve rather come to like your brown blazers and pastel check shirts. It’s an honourable motorsport look that should be allowed to carry on.
Idea nicked from a Brazilian site that won’t allow links:
One of these drivers washes his overalls in Daz.
Judging by Fernando’s face, Kimi could do with washing himself, or at least putting his arm down.
The 1984 Audi rally team dazzle in snowy white nomex. Only Hannu Mikkola and his hilarious hat spoil the effect.
L-R: Fabrizia Pons, Arne Hertz, Bjorn Cederberg, Stig Blomqvist, Christian Geistdorfer, Walter Rohrl, Michele Mouton, Hannu Mikkola.