Colin Chapman, F1 design guru and head honcho of the 70’s greatest British race team, famously donned his trademark Failsworth mariners cap as he prowled the pitlanes of the F1 circus. And he got through a fair few of them as was his celebratory trademark of lobbing the caps high into the air as his Lotus romped past the chequered flag in his 60s and 70s heyday.

The British hat makers were founded in 1903 and contributed to the war effort by hand-stitching flying helmets for the RAF and ‘Special Equipment’ for Commando frogmen. 113 years on these quintessentially English Failsworth mariners caps, seen here being sported by Colin Chapman, are still made to the same exacting standards demanded by the F1 supremo but start at a pretty reasonable £14.00 … no wonder Chapman could afford to chuck them away!

You can buy your little bit of classic Team Lotus memorabilia here: Failsworth Mariners cap

 

 

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