Over the past several years there has been noticeable growth and popularity of “retro” style motorsport inspired clothing , especially in the UK . Events like the Goodwood Revival have certainly fueled the movement but wearing period kit at other race meetings seems to be growing with everyone trying to find a link to a simpler time.
Collections range from the classic tweed jacket to monotone drivers and mechanics overalls. Throw on a flat cap and your in style. And it’s not just clothing but accessories such as gloves, travel bags, umbrellas and shoes are part of the collection. Popular brands of the 50’s and 60’s like Shell and Gulf Oil have licensed their brands with Gulf Oil logos on everything from shoes to wallets.
Brands like Historica Racewear have recreated timeless classics like the Graham Hill Rallymaster Jacket once offered by the Les Leston company, a famous UK tuning firm from the 50’s and 60’s. Historica Racewear also caters to the racer (as the name implies) with period looking, FIA homologated race suits and other required apparel.
Suixtil is a brand made famous in the 50’s and 60’s by racing icons like Fangio and Moss. Their lineup includes everything from stylish recreations of 1950’s polo shirts worn by drivers of the period to racewear that you might use if you were fortunate enough to pilot an Alfa or Ferrari in the Mille Miglia.
Then there are brands like Automobile Racing Club that offer casual clothing “inspired” by the period but with contemporary style.
I don’t recall seeing too many people dressed in period race or motorsport clothing in the USA but why not? If you are taking your classic out for drive down PCH or headed to the Saturday morning coffee meeting, you might look a little more complete wearing attire that looks as if it was in style the year your car was built.