AUG 08th 2014

Belstaff by Goodwood jacket collection: The Gordon

The Trialmaster is a cornerstone jacket in Belstaff’s history, and the Gordon version is Goodwood’s own interpretation of that timeless Belstaff classic.

Belstaff invented the waxed-cotton jacket in 1924 and the Company initially made its mark in the nascent motorcycling industry where the new-tech waxed cotton jacket was adopted as an indispensible item of weather-proof rider wear. Eleven-time British Trails Champion and Goodwood regular, Sammy Miller, is the first to champion the jacket. He regards his waxed-cotton Belstaff kit as having played a key role in facilitating his endurance rides, not least during the tortuous Scottish 6 Day trails that he dominated so totally for many years. In fact, Sammy won 1300 trails in his career, the vast majority wearing Belstaff. He even introduced the actor Steve McQueen to the brand, who then adopted it when trailing.


The Gordon jacket would surely be McQueen’s choice edition today. It is based on the 1950s Trialmaster model, but also takes its inspiration from the inheritors of the Goodwood Estate, the Dukes of Richmond and Gordon, whose earthy Gordon clan tartan features throughout the design. Crafted with absolute precision, its subtle check-pattern continues across every seam and pocket.

Key features include a slanted left-hand pocket, giving the rider easy access to his or her essentials while on the bike, while four storm pockets – a fifth internally – provide protected storage for other essentials. Then there’s a tab-fasten collar to keep the neck drips out, and the belted waist to banish the drafts. A special logo on the sleeve caps it all.

But the Gordon is far more than just motorcycle wear. It’s a jacket for every day and almost any occasion. When Goodwood and Belstaff joined together to produce a range of ultimate British practical-but-hip jackets, usability and durability was considered every bit as important as style. The Gordon jacket is the finest expression of that ethos.

To purchase the Gordon jacket or to view other jackets within the Belstaff by Goodwood collection, please visit

Click through to find out more about the Vee-Twin, Charlesworth and Stroker jackets.

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