Official Hesketh Cockpit T-Shirt
We did a fair bit of research to get the authenticity of this new design, spot on. It features: Smiths dual oil pressure (0-160psi) and oil temperature (30-120C) gauge, tachometer (0-12500rpm) with tattletale, and dual fuel pressure (0-160psi) and water temperature (30-120C) gauge.
After trawling the internet, we found photographic reference of various Hesketh 308 cockpit configurations. These were used to ensure we had the correct instruments in exactly the right positions.
We think the overall design is pretty distinctive and unique. It's also a fitting tribute to Smiths who became the dominant supplier of instruments to motorsport teams around the world.
ABOUT SMITHS INSTRUMENTS
1851 – Samuel Smith opened his first jewellery shop in South London. In 1872, the firm expanded into the fashionable West End where, Samuel Jnr, established himself as a diamond merchant with several jewellery stores on the Strand. The company entered the watch industry under the “Smiths” name for precision testing at the renowned Kew chronometry trials in 1884. Favourable results were used to help market the brand for the next two decades.
After taking delivery of his new Mercedes in 1904, King Edward VII asked the founder's grandson an interesting question. “Why can’t you make an instrument to show the speed I am travelling, as well as the distance?”. Realising the potential of the motor car, Allan Gordon-Smith set to work and became a pioneer in the development of speedometers.
The Biggest Little Race Team in the World
There is no better example of an ‘Against all odds’ story than the 1974 Hesketh Racing Formula 1 team. With the maverick James Hunt at the wheel of the fabled Hesketh 308 F1 car and the extravagant, 23 year old Lord Hesketh at the helm, ‘The biggest little racing team in the world’, captured the public’s imagination.
Scorned by the established teams who considered them a bunch of public school boy amateurs with no place in the sport, Hesketh Racing audaciously challenged the big boys in their own back yard, and won.
If you are going to be involved in one of the most demanding, most expensive and most dangerous sports in the world, you might as well have as much fun as you can doing it. The team arrived by Rolls-Royce, hired yachts for Monaco and had a Grand Piano in the back of Pitlane for sing songs with friends and celebraties. Champagne flowed in abundance at Hesketh Racing.