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Color Inspirations: how British racing green influenced sport triumphs and exclusive style

The eyes are the window to the soul”, says an old proverb, but if you look at the color of a man’s car you will discover the different shades of his character. Green, for example, is a color associated with optimism and self-confidence: characteristics that a Gentleman with a passion for cars can also express through his outift by combining driving gloves, pocket squares, ties, bow ties or bags to correspond with the interior or exterior color of one’s car.

These classic color combinations have given inspiration to all of the collections by The Outlierman: a tribute to the iconic colors in the world of motor racing: as you can see here with the combination of the elegant MG A 1600 Spider and The Stylish Globetrotter weekender garment bag or in the combination of our The Authentic Race driving gloves in Loden/Tan and the velvet interior of the timeless Jaguar D-Type.

Darker shades, such as British racing green, are colors of choice made by those who know how to properly celebrate tradition with a personal and distinctive style. A color that enhances the undeniable presence of glamor of an Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato, shown in this photo taken with complete admiration during the 2016 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este.

The British racing green is the symbolic color of British motoring, with over 110 years of honorary history in the world of car racing, it also has a long line of legendary cars and drivers linked to it: from great drivers like Henry Segrave, Kenelm Lee Guinness, William Grover-Williams to iconic teams such as Aston Martin, Vanwall, Cooper, Lotus and BRM.

A charismatic color, green: distinct and unexpected. Revived in 2000 by Jaguar Racing in Formula 1; then again with Bentley, which would end up winning at LeMans in 2001, 2002 and 2003; and more recently with Aston Martin, who gave this hue to its DBR9. Enthusiasts were also able to admire the British racing green on the Jaguar XK by Rocketsports Racing during the 24 Hours of Le Mans and also on the Lotus T127 in 2010.

Thanks to the triumphs of The British teams and the bewitching charm of the cars that have "worn" it, today the British racing green is still part of the colors that symbolize exclusivity and sporting passion. A shade full of character, history and style that can be celebrated and expressed thanks to the collections of stylish accessories and bags by The Outlierman.

Photo credits: Federico Bajetti for The Outlierman © 2017


  • Alex Small

    Interesting article that completely lacks substance as regarding the real history of this classic colour. It actually dates to the 1903 Gordon Bennet Cup held in Ireland when the British Napier ‘s were painted a shamrock green in honour of the then dependant nation. International racing colours had been suggested a few years before by father of prewar racing Count Eliot Zborowski as an aid to recognising each nations teams. Britain’s natural colours had already been taken, hence the green.
    As green was considered unlucky the hue darkened over the years to the rich colour we now associate as BRG.
    Also, there was no mention of the iconic interwar Bentley’s and Sunbeam’s that helped popularise this often misunderstood colour.

  • Jim Jennings

    My 1955 Austin Healey 100-4 used to be British Racing Green I may repaint it someday

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