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.
We are pleased to be able to present you the new spring collection.
The main focus of the new 2013 GPO Collection is dedicated to Michael Delaney und Le Mans. The Collection is a tribute to Steve McQueen, whose own company (Solar Productions) financed the racecar driver epic Le Mans and played the leading role of ”Michael Delaney”.
Steve McQueen deliberated for a while over the choice of which suit to wear for the shooting. Unsure, he changed the design and color of the suit many times in the first weeks of shooting. For the director it was too much and he left the set swearing. In that moment Jo Siffert arrived in Le Mans and along with the 40 other real drivers that had a part in the film. Jo wore his well known blue suit with red stripes and his sponsors logos from HEUER und GULF. As Steve saw the Swiss on the set he is rumored to have said, “I want to look like Jo!”
This layout is well known today at the GPO Collection. What few know, though, is that the layout of the first Gulf suit that Steve McQueen wore with his name stitched on (check out the source picture Lion André de Lourmel, one of the 3 official set photographers). This suit had blue stripes on both sides of the sleeves and shoulders. We thought that red is pretty emotional and have developed a small and exclusive Michael Delaney Collection that is based on the first suit from Steve McQueen in the film Le Mans. From the suit we took the top and made a jacket out of it and added a travel bag and messenger bag to match. In addition, we came up with a ladies bag, a cool baseball cap and a men’s shirt with a retro look.
Steve McQueen™ Licensed by Chadwick McQueen and The Terry McQueen Testamentary Trust, Represented by GreenLight. Photograph by William Claxton/ Courtesy of Demont Photo Management, LLC.
There is hardly any other star today that is so admired for his style like the American actor Steve McQueen. Even today his fashion is still considered casual, earthy, elegant and timeless. The typical McQueen look: cardigan with scarf, a casual shirt or T and sporty chinos.
As a passionate motorcycle rider, McQueen preferred to wear Barbour International on his bike, a biker jacket, that Barbour still has in its collection up until today. The waxed jacket, “Barbour International“, was from the 40s up until the 70s the most worn jacket at motor sport events worldwide. It reflects the look of Steve McQueen: cool & earthy, timeless and stylish – always looking good. At the famous International Six Day Trials motorcycle race in Erfurt in 1964, McQueen took to the track for the American team in a Barbour International jacket.
Inspired by its famous “International“ customer, the British label has designed its Barbour Steve McQueen™ Collection. The collection is based on McQueen’s look and pays posthumous tribute to American icon.
We are pleased to show you this collection!
Sports Car Racing
From 1962-1973 Rainer W. Schlegelmilch was present not only at Formula 1 circuits, but also at the great endurance races including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, 1000 km Nürburgring, Targa Florio and others and documented a unique photographic record of this golden era of motor sport. Initially in black & white and from 1969 in colour, the viewer will experience the great rivalry between Ferrari, Porsche and Ford. Distinguished drivers Jacky Ickx, Pedro Rodriguez and Jo Siffert are honored as are the outstanding constructors Enzo Ferrari, Ferdinand Piech and John Wyer. 90% of the 800 images are published here for the first time!
This three hour Car Racing Movie was shot the right way. A crew followed the Grand Prix teams for an entire season, filming at every track. The story is good, the scenery is fantastic, and the racing is a mixture of realistic and real. John Frankenheimer directed. James Garner, Eva Marie Saint and Yves Montand are the main characters, with many driving greats also in the cast. This is real international racing in the mid-60s, just before wings and aerodynamics arrived. The enthusiast will recognize some of the best names in Formula 1 in the scenes, including Graham Hill, Jack Brabham, Dan Gurney, Phil Hill, even Fangio himself. You will taste real racing, the closest Hollywood has ever achieved. There are 22 real Formula 1 cars in action and in the pits, including Ferraris, BRMs, Lotuses, McLarens, Brabhams and an Eagle. A Ford GT40 and a 427 Cobra were modified for use as camera cars. If you know this movie, you know you want it on DVD.
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.