Grooming is a favorite topic here at the pitwalk. Some may wonder why I am particularly obsessed with it despite admitting that there are times when I do not even comb my hair*. The answer is, it is just the way I have been raised. Some members of my family are known to be quite particular about appearances and will not hesitate to tell me that I look sloppy.
I still remember an uncle asking my cousin if he had brushed his teeth one day. My cousin glibly replied, “Yes uncle, I have. My teeth are just yellow.” Oh boy, I had to restrain myself from laughing, because we were actually at a cemetery paying our respects.
It was a good thing I didn’t laugh either because that same uncle then turned to me and asked, “Did you comb your hair this morning? It looks a bit messy. When is the last time you had a haircut?” Ouch, it was my turn…
Because of my grooming fixation, I am always pleased when I see someone looking tidy or with a new look. I had considered doing a feature on the Best 2012 Haircuts. But when it came down to it… I couldn’t genuinely say I liked more than one haircut. This (dubious) honor goes to Heikki Kovalainen. Heikki’s new haircut isn’t terribly different from what he had before, it’s just shorter. While Heikki’s hair looks fine styled with gel, I think I prefer it without the gel. I think it’s more flattering and makes him look more approachable.
*In my defense, I have long hair, so I do not get bedhead. My workplace is also located in a windy part of town, so even if I did comb it at home, I have to recomb at my cubicle. And yes, I have been known to do so at my cube. Just sayin’.
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
It’s a fearsomely close battle this season! There are just so many pairs of ugly sunglasses to blow everyone’s minds. Don’t worry, I have been diligently compiling photos all throughout the season. Here are the top competitors for this championship as seen in Monza:
As mentioned in my previous post, we have the notorious Michael Schumacher:
Despite loving his Lotus team sunglasses on his twitter account, Kovalainen’s sunglasses are quite loud and yucky:
@H_Kovalainen Many people saying it’s gonna be sunny; no problem i’ve got my green/yellow shades with me as well!
There are only a few more races to before we find out!
Somehow, it just doesn’t sound as cool as “James Bond.” Perhaps there are too many syllables?
In any case… this 007 studded shirt was… uh… “interesting.” Heikki and Catherine seem to have a penchant for bling, don’t they? To be honest, it wasn’t THAT bad, but Heikki was captured in a SUPERB pose. hahahaha. Somehow, this just screams “Watch out for them guns*.” Sorry, that was the best I could come up with after looking at that workout photo.
* Don’t get what I mean? Don’t worry, Urban Dictionary to the rescue:
Biceps: the upper-arm muscles
Example of usage:
Oh shit! I got the shit coked out of me from that guy with huge guns.
What do F1 drivers wear while they work out? Well, that all depends on the driver doesn’t it? Now we know that Heikki wears Adidas track pants and a British racing green t-shirt with his name in yellow capital letters when running at the track. Or at least while he is at Lotus anyway.
While I’m not saying his workout was fake… don’t you think it’s a bit staged for PR? I mean really, who wants to wear a t-shirt with their name on it? It’s kinda weird… sorta like Bernie wearing that jacket with the B on it.
P.S. I just thought of something. Maybe the green shirt is for camouflage. If he blends in enough with the grass, maybe he can get out of more workouts?
Umm, kidding. 😛
Katherine Hyde was wearing the black colorway of this shirt in Silverstone. The bling bling shirt also comes in white. The white shirt seems to be more subtle, but maybe that’s just because the sun was behind her. It’s cute that she supports Heikki’s team so much!
As for Heikki… with that cap was he going for a surfer boy or rapper boy look? Maybe he was going for surfer boy since it was Quicksilver. His t-shirt was kind of funny. The text says “Iron Man” but the illustration is a stick figure playing golf. I guess it’s safe to say Heikki also likes to golf? @_@
Well, whatever. I don’t really care so much, the two of them look so cute together, all smiles! Oddly, the stick figure on Heikki’s shirt is also sporting a huge smile. 😀