Welcome to Classic Race Jackets
Do you remember why you first fell in love with speedway? Was it the chromed-framed JAP’s or 2-valve Jawa’s broadsiding under the track lights; the sound of straight-through exhausts and smell of Castrol R; 13 heats of close racing and a 40-38 last heat win; team riding and overtaking; getting covered in shale while ducking behind the safety fence; super stars and characters with individual riding styles; second half and junior races; one-off World Finals and Golden Helmet match races?
Maybe all these things – but also the race jackets worn by your favourite teams and riders. The Aces, the Pirates, the Wolves, the Witches, the Heathens and the rest.
Sadly it’s becoming increasingly difficult and expensive to find original race jackets unless you are the most determined and affluent collector. While many race jackets from years gone by simply no longer exist or are hidden away in personal collections I’m able to offer high quality replicas from the golden age of speedway using traditional hand-stitched methods and materials. I research, design and hand craft race jackets from the dawn of speedway until the early 1980’s. With over 15 years experience making race jackets for collectors, supporters, riders and ex-riders I have a growing reputation based on the quality of my work, a meticulous attention to detail and providing a personal bespoke service to every customer.
Whether you’d like to own a race jacket from your favourite team or rider, fill a gap in your collection, wear an old style race jacket on track or buy one as a special gift I would be pleased to help.
* For more information click on the boxes below to see what I do and get in touch if you’d like me to help rekindle your memories of a favourite team, rider or stand-out meeting.
* For news of my latest commissions and activities you can also find Classic Race Jackets on Facebook (www.facebook.com/classicracejackets).
* Classic Race Jackets is pleased to support the Sporting Memories Foundation (www.sportingmemoriesnetwork.com).
* If you have any old race jackets, leathers or other riding gear that I could add to my collection (either to purchase or on loan) please get in touch.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Pete Rout (Classic Race Jackets)
"The race jacket has arrived and it’s simply stunning. It’s like being in a time warp and the quality has way surpassed my expectations. I could see your workmanship was good but this is incredible and I can’t thank you enough."
"Race jacket arrived today...WOW absolutely stunning! Puts some of the originals I have to shame!"
"Took delivery today of my replica 1954 Swindon Robins race jacket. The quality is simply stunning and if you're looking for a reproduction of a particular race jacket then this is the place to come. Five out of Five star rating easily."
"Race jackets arrived yesterday, they are superb. Thank you very very much for your craftsmanship."
"The quality of your race jackets is the best I've seen and better made than the originals."
"I'm very pleased with the Monarchs race jacket, it's beautifully made and will make a fine addition to my collection. Thanks again for the lovely jacket."
"The Bristol and Cardiff race jackets arrived this morning. I'm really pleased with them. Not only are they up to your usual very high standards but I think you may even have surpassed yourself with the Bristol jacket. I'm absolutely amazed at the job you've done on the bulldog's head. To think that only a few weeks ago all I had were some old faded photographs and now I've got the gleaming finished articles added to my collection. Many, many thanks."
"The Tamworth and Walthamstow race jackets arrived safely this morning. I'm absolutely delighted with them, they're up to your usual very high standard of workmanship and accuracy. I never imagined I would ever be able to get hold of those jackets and feel privileged to own them and have them as part of my collection. Thank you for making them for me."
"The Odsal and Long Eaton race jackets arrived today. I'm delighted with them, they are an absolute work of art, in fact I would go as far as to say they should be displayed in an art gallery. You are obviously highly skilled and talented or as we would say in Scotland 'ye must have a guid pair o' hands on ye'."
"I have just received the race jacket and it is fantastic. Thank you so much, [my son] said it's brilliant."
"The race jacket has arrived today and it's excellent. It is just fantastic, we love it, it's brilliant Pete. I can image it was much more complex to make and I thank you and appreciate you making it for me. Thank you so much, you are a star."
"Can't speak highly enough of the quality and detail that goes into these jackets, if you can't get hold of the real thing then these, without a doubt, are the best option you will find anywhere!!"