Those that read this blog are already aware that one of my “favorite” topics are the ugly sunglasses. Though I did not declare a winner in 2010, we do know who the repeat offenders are, don’t we? 🙂
I have also noticed an alarming number of ugly sunglasses whilst watching the Tour de France (TdF). It seems that the Ugly Sunglasses of Choice for F1 drivers and TdF cyclists is OAKLEY. I thought about it for a little while and it occurred to me that the F1 boys and TdF boys need to have a battle… for the ugliest sunglasses.
Yes that’s right. I have assembled photos for your viewing “pleasure.” Only photos from the 2011 season count. If I have missed a particularly horrendous photo, please drop me a line via twitter, email, or comment. Though I am not fond of them, I am excluding the yellow shades from “The Yellow Shades Project” because I don’t think it’s appropriate. This will be a picture heavy post… you’ve been warned. 😉
Since this is a F1 blog, let’s start with our beloved F1 boys:
Now it’s time for the Tour de France boys. Sadly, I don’t know all of the cyclists’ names since I am not really into cycling. Please enlighten me if you happen to know:
The Schlecks seem enamored with Oakleys with clear lenses…
World champion Thor Hushovd has an arsenal of ugly sunglasses:
Oh. My. Eyes. They hurt. Do yours?
So what do you think? Compared to the cyclists… the F1 boys aren’t so bad, right? No matter who wins the Tour de France… they have already beaten the very best F1 drivers in one thing: The Ugly Sunglasses Battle.
Did you know that Oakley sunglasses are customizable? The lens and frames colorways can be chosen by the customer. For example, this combination is possible: top half neon green, bottom half (left side) white, bottom half (right side) black.
That is probably one reason why there are some seriously ugly Oakley sunglasses worn in the F1 and TdF world. Remember: just because you can, doesn’t mean you should!
If you are going to customize a pair of Oakley sunglasses, please use these photos as examples of what not to do. 😉
P.S. Photo credit: TdF photos were from cyclingtipsblog.com
If you like Pat Fry’s spectacles, I have identified them. Pat Fry is currently wearing Oakley Jackknife 4.0 frames in Pewter. You can view them here on the official Oakley website.
The Oakley Jackknife 4.0 may be purchased for about $160-$176USD from various retailers. What do you think about these frames? I see these on someone who is a bit conservative and maybe a little on the serious side? haha. I don’t know, they’re perfectly fine if you’re into metal frames. Personally, I am partial to European or Japanese metal spectacles. =p
It is often said that the best way to see how someone will age is to look at their parents. It makes sense really… genetics plays a part in the aging process. So when I spotted this photo of Alonso’s parents, you could say that I saw the future of Fernando Alonso. 😡
He looks a lot like his father, doesn’t he? So there you have it… a look into Fernando’s future. I can’t really imagine him with white hair quite yet though. =P
From being a Leonardo di Caprio lookalike to being called Britney… it’s not easy being Nico Rosberg. And if you think his tousled “carefree” hairstyle is natural, please think again. I’m sure Rosberg styles it quite intentionally:
After all, photographers are always snapping pictures, and it’s important to be camera ready at all times:
Has anyone ever thought that Martin Whitmarsh’s hair was in fact… tri-colored? I have! It’s just one of those things I notice. While Martin’s tri-colored hair is NATURAL… I suppose he could be considered “trendy” now because ombre hair has been popular for awhile now.
Hmm… maybe not. 😛