Welcome to THE GRANDPRIX ORIGINALS, the brand for drive and lifestyle - past and present! Here you will find content and premium products from the 60's and 70's –the golden age of racing sport. The days when true values still meant something. Where heroes like Jacky Ickx, Jo Siffert, Jim Clark and Jochen Rindt performed on the stages of Spa, Monaco, Le Mans or the old Nürburgring. Where race cars seemed to have wings and the times did as well!
Along with the Formula One, it was the longer races with Shelby Cobras, Ferraris, GT 40s and Porsches that captured the imagination of the fans. The orange and blue cars of the Gulf Racing Team and the iconic Gulf Porsche 917 are still alive! Steve McQueen, enthusiastic "motorhead" and hobby race car driver paid tribute to those cars and drivers with his film Le Mans in 1970.
GRANDPRIX ORIGINALS (GPO) reflects the spirit of these times with its authentic collection of racing and leather jackets, accessories, shirts and travel gear with original sponsor logos and stylish influences of then and now. The DNA of the GPO drive styles is red and blue, like the legendary stripes on the racing suits of the times.
Through successful cooperation with Aston Martin racing and the cool start number 007 at the 24 hrs of Le Mans, Gulf has reestablished its image today. Discover this world online or in one of our stores in Düsseldorf, Stuttgart or Frankfurt.
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From the start, our general importer GRANDPRIX ORIGINALS SWITZERLAND has successfully been able to expand our Drive & Lifestyle brand. In Switzerland, we have just as many enthusiastic customers that can now order directly online at myGPO.ch or is specialty shops like GOODTIMER - St. Margrethen, STORE74 at the A1 rest stop in Würenlos, BOUTIQUE BASTARD – in Worb, EMIL FREY CLASSICS – in Safenwil, RACE & DESIGN – in Lucerne — all of which carry the latest GPO Collections. In addition, mygpo.ch is present at all of the important Swiss fairs and events.
The Swiss colleagues are looking forward to your visit to the online shop and of course at the abovementioned stores as well as at SWISS CLASSIC WORLD on the 28th & 29th of May, 2016!
Claude Lelouch, the director of the legendary film loves speed above anything else and cars still are a big part of his life today.
On the day of shooting, he was up a four in the morning to make prepare himself well because he knew he would have to get it right the first time and had no time for any cuts. His goal was to film Paris, but he didn’t want to make a boring documentary but was rather taken by the idea of filming it at 200 km/h.
So his to realize his crazy, surreal idea he took to the streets at 6 a.m. The time of day naturally lowered the likelihood of an accident and if something else would have come up the team was ready stop filming or sacrifice the car if they had to. Although many thought after the shoot that it must have been Jacky Ickx or someone else behind the wheel, it was none other than Claused Lelouch himself, who was joined by a cameraman and a technician. Everything in the film is improvised, except for the end when Claude’s wife at the time appears at Monmartre.
Steve McQueen (March 24, 1930 – November 7, 1980) was a United States movie actor. Nicknamed "The King of Cool", he was considered one of the biggest box-office draws of the 1960s and 1970s due to what many film goers consider a captivating on-screen persona. McQueen was considered combative and the archetypal "difficult movie star" who disliked working with directors or producers. To compensate, he would work only if paid a higher-than-average salary for his films.
The film is today still popular among race fans as it is a relatively accurate depiction of the era, with a lot of racing but very little dialogue.
McQueen had intended to race a Porsche 917 together with Jackie Stewart, but the #26 entry was not accepted. Instead, in the movie, he was shown starting the race on the blue #20 Gulf-Porsche 917K, which in the real race was driven by Jo Siffert and Brian Redman. The race-leading white #25 Porsche 917 "Long tail" was piloted by Vic Elford/Kurt Ahrens.