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.
Jo Schlesser in 1967, at the Oulton Park Spring Trophy.
Jo’s moustache is not quite as assertive as Graham Hill’s.
Annie Schlesser looks very assertive, and that hair colour has come back into fashion.
Jo Bonnier looks very regal as he signs autographs in 1971, despite his mucky overalls.
Another pic where Jo appears to have time-warped from the 1990s. His short crop, tidy sideburns and goatee all scream 1993!!!! and the anorak could have been stolen from some Britpop band member at about the same time.
(Source: Flickr / chrisk48)
Not sure where or when this AJ Foyt win is, but “Victory Lane” and those hats suggest NASCAR, and the plastic orange garland suggests Daytona.
Note the neckerchief, too.
Ronnie Peterson and Jackie Stewart, 1971. British Grand Prix.
I’m curious to hear the grandprixfashions opinion about Ronnie’s fur coat! :-D
Grand Prix Fashions would rather dress like Nigel Mansell than wear fur.
How many poor creatures died, so Ronnie could impersonate an overweight Yeti?
Jochen Rindt models a nicer take on the gold-buttoned blazer, at Le Mans in 1966, turning it into a comfy cardi instead.
Back row: Tony Maggs, Bruce McLaren, Innes Ireland, Jo Bonnier and Dan Gurney.
Front row: Trevor Taylor, John Surtees, Jim Clark, Graham Hill, Jack Brabham, Richie Ginther and Phil Hill.
Trevor Taylor is not only disrupting the blue/brown spectrum of this pic with his buttercup-yellow racing top, he is also wearing (shock horror!) jeans, in public.
Respectable Grand Prix gentlemen did not do this until the Jackie Stewart era.
Baby Dan Gurney goes for an all-American, James Dean-influenced look at Riverside, in 1958. He has not gone as far as trying out a quiff.