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.
Quilted jackets are everybody’s favorite in the Classic Car scene. The Stewart Bomber pictured left has been the top selling jacket in the last few months. This cool navy blue canvass jacket in the quilted design just has the right look for the classic car connoisseur. You will find this and many others in our online shop.
In the new year this style of jacket will be a centerpiece of the GPO Collection and will be offered under the label GENTLEMEN DRIVER without other logos like GULF and HEUER. The new line will be in the tradition of legendary drivestyle brands like BARBOUR and BELSTAFF.
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 Prospering Business 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!
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.
The new AUTOMOBILSPORT magazine is committed to the spirit of powerslide which, unfortunately, was discontinued in April 2014. AUTOMOBILSPORT will continue to inject life into the topics covered in powerslide and thus offer its readers the usual spectrum in a new format. The first issue is devoted to the topic of “PORSCHE AT LE MANS”. A special edition on the return of Porsche to “La Sarthe”. The 24 hours of Le Mans have been a domain of Porsche and will be again. Renowned authors have rummaged around in their memories and picked out a few stories, some of which have never been told before, illustrated with photographic material that also has, in part, never been published before which makes this special edition a very special reading matter in the truest sense of the word. And this particular content in word and pictures is a promise in relation to the future standard of AUTOMOBILSPORT. The team of Grandprix Originals has also read the magazine and was thrilled!