Welcome to GRANDPRIX ORIGINALS CH, 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.
1st GRANDPRIX ORIGINALS STORE IN HONGKONG – The Grand Opening!
On Friday, 31st October2014 was held the opening ceremony of the first GPO store in Asia, placed directly in the heart of Central Hong Kong - at Gloucester Road No. 151.
That road is well known by Hong Kong people and by Hong Kong car-fanatics, because all major car brands have their showrooms right there. So, the GRANDPRIX ORIGINALS store is placed in between the PORSCHE showroom and the LOTUS showroom.
The opening ceremony of the first GPO Store in Hong Kong, which is operated by the HKG Business Property Group, was celebrated by the local investor and his partners, Mr. NG and Mr. Wu, the Grandprix Originals CEO Stefan Ruf and the GPO architect Csaba Czuczka.
Another store opening in Hong Kong will follow soon in the Kowloon shopping mall “The One”.
Travellers, whenever you come to Hong Kong, visit the spacey 140sqm GRANDPRIX store, fully equipped with the latest GPO-collections and some extra styles only for the Asia market.
See you soon in Hong Kong.
The GRANDPRIX ORIGINALS sneaker has become a cult classic in the classic car scene. Many customers have reserves in their closets in various colors. This totally leather sneaker is unbelievably comfortable, extremely stable on the go and looks fantastic to boot. It gives you the feeling of having a real leather men’s shoe on without having to compromise on comfort. Great details like its slim design make a great driving shoe – especially in the tight footwells of classic cars. With the GPO sneaker you will be able to drive your vintage car drive sportily and safely and then shoot the breeze comfortably with your friends regardless whether you are inside or outside! There is no better shoe to take in the classic car scene!
The newest Schlegelmilch edition: Sports Car Racing 1962-1973Car Racing 1962-1973
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!
Le Mans: The story of Steve McQueen
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.