24H Germany

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The Nurburgring 24 hours is a fantastic event for both drivers and fans alike, known almost as much for its party vibe as its racing.

This year will be different of course as the fans will be sadly absent but the on-track action, (which will be covered online) with a large and varied number of cars taking part, can be truly eye-popping as enthusiastic garage teams take on works prepared specials.

So get in some beers and watch it all from your sofa. You can always freeze-frame for 5 minutes whilst you heat up the currywurst…

24H Germany is a 3 colour screen print onto a black organic cotton fairwear t-shirt.

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24H Germany

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The Nurburgring 24 hours is a fantastic event for both drivers and fans alike, known almost as much for its party vibe as its racing.

This year will be different of course as the fans will be sadly absent but the on-track action, (which will be covered online) with a large and varied number of cars taking part, can be truly eye-popping as enthusiastic garage teams take on works prepared specials.

So get in some beers and watch it all from your sofa. You can always freeze-frame for 5 minutes whilst you heat up the currywurst : )

24H Germany is a 3 colour screen print onto a black organic cotton fairwear t-shirt.

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Isolation inspiration: Do try this at home

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We’ve been taking a closer look at some of our favourite designs and putting them into mini themed collections. This week, the theme is Do try this at home.

We’ve picked out some of our designs based around the theme of activities we can still all do – lockdown or no lockdown.

T-lab T-120 mens white t-shirt model square
Quality screen time – the world may have moved on from the video cassette, but T-120, with its promise of pure sound quality and glorious hi-tech TV test bars, is our tribute to this once-mighty technology. And the colours look fantastic.

 

Visit your vinyl – music on vinyl has never really gone away and now it’s cooler than ever. Spin is our graphic tribute to the Long Playing album, spinning at 33 rpm. Spin is currently on special offer, reduced from £25 to £15.

 

Spice up your walls – take a look at our modernly minimalist wall art. Based around our t-shirts designs, themes include motorsport, cycling, ski and snow.

 

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Our WFH t-shirts are meant as a bit of light relief, to let the world know you’re not just bingeing on Netflix and chocolate – you’re playing your part in keeping your country going.

 

Smarten up your loungewear – low-key and smart, our MiO organic t-shirts are the perfect choice when you want to look your best without trying too hard.

Beautifully finished and extremely comfortable, the organic ringspun combed cotton finish is also easier on the planet. MiO is available in six different contemporary colours.

 

Need for speed? – the world of Grand Prix might be on hold right now – but how would the world’s great racing circuits look if you reproduced them at home? Our Slot Car Italy design reproduces Italy’s Monza race circuit as a slot-racing track.

 

 

Get out there – we’re still allowed to exercise so make the most of it. You don’t have to be a cycling superstar – if you’ve been out there beating your own personal best or just trundling around the block, in our eyes you’re a Velo Star.

T-lab VeloPolo cycling t-shirt cropped

Staying with cycling – the full-on cycling kit can be a bit, well, sudden for casual wear. Sometimes you need something a little more laid-back.

Sporting an embroidered cycling motif, VeloPolo is beautifully made in 100% organic cotton black picquet, with burgundy and white tipped collars and sleeves. Sharp-looking, sporty and discrete, it’s perfect for any occasion.

Take a look at all of our Do try this at home designs here.

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Flat Out

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Need for speed? Flat Out displays the top speed of the world’s fastest production cars in 1967, 1987, 2005 and 2020. Its an interesting reminder of how things move on, shown as a cool-looking infographic.

Our Flat Out poster is an A3 print, available unframed or mounted behind glass and framed in a contemporary black wooden 20″ x 30″ frame. Digitally printed onto high quality FSC-approved 230gsm white matt art paper.

International orders – please note that due to shipping cost variations we cannot deliver framed prints internationally i.e. to non-UK addresses. If you would like a personalised quote for international shipping to your address please email [email protected] Unframed prints are OK.

 

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24H France

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24H France celebrates the worlds first and most famous endurance race in which cars cover over 3,000 miles in 24 hours. Scene of countless dramas, heroics and sometimes tragedy, no race captures fans’ imaginations more than this epic event.

24H France is an A3 print, available unframed or mounted behind glass and framed in a contemporary black wooden 20″ x 30″ frame. Digitally printed onto high quality FSC-approved 230gsm white matt art paper.

International orders – please note that due to shipping cost variations we cannot deliver framed prints internationally i.e. to non-UK addresses. If you would like a personalised quote for international shipping to your address please email [email protected] Unframed prints are OK.

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Flat Out

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Flat Out shows the top speed of the world’s fastest production cars in 1967, 1987, 2005 and 2020 in a sharp-looking infographic.

It doesn’t fully explain itself – but that’s part of the design. Once people have figured it out, they still have to guess the cars. And even when they’ve done that, you’re still left with a great looking shirt.

For the record (and we realise this could start a debate) the cars in question are – 1967 Lamborghini Miura, 1985 Lamborghini Countach, 2005 Bugatti Veyron and 2020 Bugatti Chiron.

Flat Out is screen-printed in the UK onto a long-sleeve 100% organic ring-spun combed cotton dark grey t-shirt. 40º machine wash. Its also available as a purple short-sleeve here.

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Flat Out

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Flat Out shows the top speed of the world’s fastest production cars in 1967, 1987, 2005 and 2020 in a sharp-looking infographic.

It doesn’t fully explain itself – but that’s part of the design. Once people have figured it out, they still have to guess the cars. And even when they’ve done that, you’re still left with a great looking shirt.

For the record (and we realise this could start a debate) the cars in question are – 1967 Lamborghini Miura, 1985 Lamborghini Countach, 2005 Bugatti Veyron and 2020 Bugatti Chiron.

Flat Out is screen-printed in the UK onto a 100% organic ring-spun combed cotton purple t-shirt. 40º machine wash. Its also available as a dark grey long-sleeve t-shirt here.

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Eau Rouge

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One of the most famous bends in motorsport, Eau Rouge takes its name from the red water of the stream that flows beneath it.

Its a fast, complex series of bends taken at full throttle with a blind exit. Get it right and you gain vital speed for the Kemmel straight that follows. Get it wrong and…best not to think about it.

Our Eau Rouge poster is an A3 print, available unframed or mounted and framed in a contemporary black wooden 20″ x 30″ frame. Digitally printed onto high quality FSC-approved 230gsm white matt art paper.

International orders – please note that due to shipping cost variations we cannot deliver framed prints internationally i.e. to non-UK addresses. If you would like a personalised quote for international shipping to your address please email [email protected] Unframed prints are OK.

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Slot cars Italy

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How would the world’s great racing circuits look if you reproduced them at home ?

For fans of both Grand Prix racing and its home-based equivalent, Slot Car Italy reproduces Italy’s favourite race circuit as a slot-racing track.

• Three colour screen print onto black 100% cotton long-sleeve t-shirt
• Crew neck, classic fit
• Printed in the UK

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Eau Rouge Sweat

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One of the most famous bends in motorsport, Eau Rouge takes its name from the red water of the stream that flows beneath it.

Finished in charcoal, our fleece-lined Eau Rouge Sweat has a lighter, more contemporary feel than traditional sweatshirts, making it more versatile for everyday use.

Eau Rouge Sweat is also a sustainable product, made from 70% regenerated cotton and 30% polyester. Our high quality regenerated cotton is re-spun cotton waste from the cutting room which is normally destined for landfill and our polyester is made from recycled plastic bottles.

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Slot Cars Italy

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How would the world’s great racing circuits look if you reproduced them at home ?

For fans of both Grand Prix racing and its home-based equivalent, Slot Car Italy reproduces Italy’s favourite race circuit as a slot-racing track.

• Three colour screen print onto black 100% organic ringcombed cotton t-shirt
• Crew neck, classic fit
• Printed in the UK

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Over & Out

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Our Over & Out shirt features a strictly non-technical but nonetheless good-looking graphic illustrating the fundamental differences between oversteer and understeer.

There are many technical documents explaining the difference between the two, but in a nutshell understeer is a bit boring whereas oversteer, where the back of your car tries to overtake the front, is far more exciting.

Screen-printed onto a 100% cotton navy long-sleeve t-shirt.

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Over & Out

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Our Over & Out shirt features a strictly non-technical but nonetheless good-looking graphic illustrating the fundamental differences between oversteer and understeer.

There are many technical documents explaining the difference between the two, but in a nutshell understeer is a bit boring whereas oversteer, where the back of your car tries to overtake the front, is far more exciting.

Over & Out is screen-printed onto an organic ringspun combed cotton t-shirt and is also available in dark grey here.

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Over & Out

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Our Over & Out shirt features a strictly non-technical but nonetheless good-looking graphic illustrating the fundamental differences between oversteer and understeer.

There are many technical documents explaining the difference between the two, but in a nutshell understeer is a bit boring whereas oversteer, where the back of your car tries to overtake the front, is far more exciting.

Over & Out is screen-printed onto an organic ringspun combed cotton t-shirt and is also available in navy blue here.

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Ten things you (maybe) never knew about the Tour de France

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1 Like the other ‘Grand Tours’ (Italy’s Giro and Spain’s Vuelta) the Tour de France lasts for 23 days – made up of 21 days of racing and two rest days. Whilst the actual course may vary from year to year the principles remain the same – time trials, transitional days of flatter races and gruelling mountain stages.

2 2019 is the 116th year of the Tour, and the 100th anniversary of the maillot jeune or yellow jersey.

3 The Tour was originally dreamt up by the management of L’Auto sports newspaper, looking to prize readers away from their arch-rival Le Vélo. It worked – circulation of L’Auto more than doubled during the duration of the first race.

First Tour winner, Maurice Gaurin, 1903 (centre)

 

4 In the early days of the Tour, stages were fewer and longer than its modern counterpart. Riders would often start in the afternoon, race through the night and finish the next morning. In the very first Tour, the average stage length was around 400 km long, compared with 170km long today. The night riding was soon abandoned due to riders using the cover of darkness to cheat relentessly.

5 Belgian Eddie Merckx is generally considered to be the Tour’s greatest rider. On his first Tour in 1969, he won the general classification and the mountains classification and the points classification – a feat never repeated. Eddie went on to win four more Tours.

Eddie Merckx, 1971

 

6 For a while, American Lance Armstrong was considered the Tour’s greatest rider, with an astonishing 7 wins between 1999-2005 whilst riding for the US Postal/Discovery team. However in 2012 the US Anti Doping Agency found Armstrong guilty of orchestrating “the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen”. The sport’s governing body, UCI, promptly stripped Armstrong of his titles. They were not reallocated.

7 The now traditional Champs-Elysées finish actually began in 1975. Technically it’s the last stage of the race but there is a Gentleman’s Agreement that the leaders of the general classification won’t compete on the final day, hence the teams riding with linked arms and holding glasses of Champagne. It is generally acknowledged that were anybody to break this tradition they would be hounded out of the sport.

Dutchman Aad van den Hoek enjoys a quick break, 1978

 

8 TV coverage of the race is shared between two French channels, France2 and France3. They use a staff of over 300, with 4 helicopters, 2 planes, 2 motorbikes, 35 other vehicles and 20 podium cameras.

9 Four men – Jaques Anquetil (France), Eddy Merckx (Belgium), Bernaud Hinault (France) and Miguel Indurain (Spain) share the title of most Tours won with 5 each.

10 The first non-European rider to win the Tour was American Greg Le Monde in 1986. The first Brit to win the Tour was Bradley Wiggins in 2012, although they’ve been making up for lost time by winning 5 of the 6 Tours since then.

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Tuk Tuk

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Our Tuk Tuk t-shirt (or Autos, or Bajaji, or Rakshas depending on where you are) celebrates everything we like about these nippy and versatile little vehicles. Often customised by their owners, we love the way traditional Asian decor rubs shoulders with western-style ads for takeaway restaurants and mobile phones, creating a happy riot of mixed-media confusion.

• soft 100% cotton t-shirt
• machine wash
• shown with our Bude navy jeans

Please note this t-shirt has a slightly slimmer cut than our standard t-shirts – see here for sizing.

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Roadtrip Berlin

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Our latest roadtrip t-shirt is off to the ever-lively city of Berlin, home of the Brandenburg gate and of course the dramatic 1,200ft Fernsehturm, or TV Tower. To take you there we’re recommending a seventies classic with an oh-my-goodness turbo boost and handling that, like the city itself, can be a bit on the naughty side.

• 3 colour screenprint
• Soft white 100% cotton shirt
• 40º machine wash
• Printed in the UK

Please note this t-shirt has a slightly slimmer cut than our standard t-shirts – see here for sizing.

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Roadtrip 1

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Is there anything better than a good roadtrip?

Our new design captures the essence of any good roadtrip – the idea that the journey matters as much as the destination. The sights, the sounds, the tracks. And whether it’s the North Coast 500, Route 66 or a trip through the Stelvio Pass, remember  “the food you eat on a Roadtrip should look like a nine year old has been let loose in a petrol station with a £50 note ..”

•100% cotton
• Screen print onto dark grey shirt
• Also available as a short-sleeve top here.

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Roadtrip 1

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Is there anything better than a good roadtrip?

Our new design captures the essence of any good roadtrip – the idea that the journey matters as much as the destination. The sights, the sounds, the tracks. And whether it’s the North Coast 500, Route 66 or a trip through the Stelvio Pass, remember  “the food you eat on a Roadtrip should look like a nine year old has been let loose in a petrol station with a £50 note ..”

•100% cotton
• Screen print onto dark grey shirt
• Also available as a long-sleeve top here.

Please note this t-shirt has a slightly slimmer cut than our standard t-shirts – see here for sizing.

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Eau Rouge polo

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One of the most famous bends in motorsport, Eau Rouge takes its name from the red water of the stream that flows beneath it.

Its a fast, complex series of bends taken at full throttle with a blind exit. Get it right and you gain vital speed for the Kemmel straight that follows. Get it wrong and…best not to think about it.

Our Eau Rouge polo features 2 embroidered motifs on a 100% organic cotton black piquet shirt, with red and white tipped collars and sleeves.

• 100% organic cotton
• Three button neck
• Classic fit
• 40º machine wash

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SuperCircuits Series – design notes

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At T-lab we like to put a bit of ambiguity into our graphic t-shirts. So its not always immediately clear what the design is about. We do it because its good to have a design that’s thought provoking, and also it gives us some freedom in our design, so we can produce something that looks different.

Our SuperCircuits series has been a great success – and it uses this same approach. We wanted to create a t-shirt that said ‘motorsport’, but not in too obvious a way. The design uses shapes, hints and suggestions to explain itself.

 

Anatomy of a SuperCircuit design…

 

Our first SuperCircuit shirt used the Italian temple of speed, Monza, as a starting point.

The first thing to catch the eye is the outline of the track. Some petrol-heads will recognise it as Monza, but there are plenty of car fans out there who won’t (we know, we’ve asked). So, first question, is it Monza, is it even a race track?

At the top of the design is a big M. Could M stand for Monza? So its a clue (we’re beginning to sound like Keith Lemon).

Next along – ‘pista veloce’ is that Italian? If so, another hint. (It is Italian – it means ‘high speed track’). And then, well, a map of Italy. So it probably is Monza, but most people won’t have got all the clues and will have had to do a bit of detective work to get there. And you might feel like asking the wearer, just to be sure. So not only a great looking t-shirt – it’s also a conversation starter : )

Finally the track itself is coloured like the Italian flag. This adds colour and spark to the t-shirt. The Tricolore always looks good and it carries with it a whole host of cultural connotations, especially when connected with anything motorsport.

Each of our SuperCircuit shirts has some small variation on this design, but they always follow the same overall theme – a good looking shirt that needs to be looked at more than once to be understood. Different people could look at it and come away with different conclusions – like an abstract painting.

And that’s a good thing.

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Addicted to t-shirts

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Our Swedish friend, journalist and all-round nice guy Joakim has just confessed to the world that he’s ‘addicted to t-shirts’ – he has over over 200 of them. Luckily for us he’s a big fan of t-lab and has just featured our Endurance shirt on his blog at autosport.se

Swedish isn’t our strongest language, so here’s what the post says, according to Google translate

I am a t-shirt addict . Especially if the pressure is related to cars . The wardrobe has well about 200 T- shirts and I ‘d be lying if I did not say that the majority are car-related .

But one can be a bit subtle in their interest . This came in the mail last week , ordered from T -lab in England. This company has lots of cool shirts with prints of famous race path curves. I have so clearly most …  But now it was time to pay attention to Le Mans and the 24 Hours which takes place this weekend. You can find me in the TV sofa.

Nice rim !

Thanks Joakim, and yes, its a lovely rim.

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Mind that bump…

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The phrase ‘Balls of Steel’ is bandied about too much, we think, but this chap…

His name was Rollie Free, and he was an American motorbike racer. This picture was taken on the Bonneville Salt Flats in 1948. Rollie was trying to break the American motorbike speed record, and thought that his leather racing suit was too bulky and slowing him down. So he stripped off to his Speedos, a shower cap and a pair of sneakers and laid horizontal on the bike, and he DID IT. He broke the record with a top speed of 150.313 mph.

The bike was a beautiful machine – a Vincent Lightning (a tuned Vincent Black Shadow), but its definitely Rollie who’s the hero of this shot.

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“I’ve had one of those…”

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This idea from British Designer Kyle Bean caught our eye recently. Made from cardboard and paper, the Russian doll-style phones show how the mobile has evolved over 25 years. The first phone, the iconic Motorala DynaTAC ‘brick’ phone dates from 1985, with the last phone, a Samsung Tocco, dated 2009. Interestingly, if Kyle were to update his work, he might find that over the last few years phones have inched back up in size, as people want larger screens for their social media antics.

Which ones have you owned? We have fond memories of number 5, the lovely Motorola flip phone. It’s still nestling in a drawer somewhere…

For those of you that have to know, the full list, left to right, is: 1985 Motorola DynaTAC, 1988 Nokia Mobira Cityman 1320, 1991 AEG Teleport, 1993 Ericsson GH 198, 1996 Motorola Micro TAC 650, 1998 Siemens C10, 2001 Nokia 3210, 2005 Motorola Razr V3, and 2009 Samsung Tocco.

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