From horseshoes to handlebars, Super Mario to Fu Manchu…if you’ve ever been to a car show, you know mustachioed men and historic vehicles go together like burgers and fries. So what is it about old cars that bring out the wild hair in men? The Historic Vehicle Association wonders then invites members to put their best hair lip forward.
For much of the 20th Century, a man just wasn’t a man unless he sported a mustache. A mustache spoke to man’s power and savoir-faire. Anyone remember Clark Gable? A quick glance through the decades reveals famous ‘staches in art, music, politics, and even science: Salvador Dali, Jimi Hendrix, Freddy Mercury, Teddy Roosevelt, Albert Einstein, to name but a few.
So how does this relate to car guys?
In my opinion, the mustache is a bold personal statement of a certain manly confidence and unmistakable ruggedness that now seems shaved and waxed out of popular culture. The only exception is found in the world of the car guy.
The fond relationship that exists between the car guy and his mustache goes back to the dawn of the automobile, really, when ‘staches were de rigueur and seen as a true sign of manly virility. This inextricable link has thrived, growing stronger and stronger with each passing model year. Don’t believe it? Then you haven’t been to a car show where most males in attendance appear to have steadfastly refused to have their masculinity shaved, tamed, or diluted by modern trends.
Selwyn Edge, Graham Hill, Archie Scott Brown, Charles Duryea, Corky Coker, Dennis Gage, Richard Petty, and Dale Earnhardt are just a handful of the famous figures in motorsports and the collector car hobby who are easily recognized for their ‘staches. So what about you?
November may be officially known as mustache month, but we think “Mustache March” sounds a lot better. So head on over to the HVA’s mustache-loving Facebook page (currently growing one of its own) and share a picture of yours and your ride.