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In lithographs: the smashing 2012 Chap Olympiad

Posted at 12:30 pm, July 11, 2012 in Fun London, Photos of London, Shopping & Style
Chap Olympiad 2012 (c) incywspider

A competitor prepares to finish his opponent in a Bicycle Jousting duel.

The eighth annual Chap Olympiad was held in Bedford Square last weekend, fusing the Olympic virtues of competition and sporting excellence with the refined sensibilities of toffery’s golden age.  Flickr member incywspider kindly shared their photos of the event with us, so without further ado, here’s what chappened…

Bicycle jousting at the Chap Olympiad 2012 (c) incywspider, Flickr

Bicycle Jousting. Defensive weapon: briefcase. Offensive weapon: umbrella. Some frightful derring-do ensues.

Spectator at the Chap Olympiad 2012 (c) incywspider, Flickr

I say! Nothing brings a smile to the face like a spot of bounder vs rogue ultraviolence.

Medics tend to the "wounded" at the Chap Olympiad 2012 (c) incywspider, Flickr

What ho, nurse! Medics were on hand to tend to the wounded.

Pipe smokers at the Chap Olympiad 2012 (c) incywspider, Flickr

Spiffing, not spliffing: ceremonial pipe lighting ensured a sportsmanlike atmosphere throughout.

Gentleman's golf at the Chap Olympiad 2012 (c) incywspider, Flickr

Spectators jolly well enjoy a topping game of gentleman’s golf. FORE!

Ironing board surfing at the Chap Olympiad 2012 (c) incywspider, Flickr

Team events such as ironing board surfing are quite literally just not cricket, old bean.

Ironing board surfing at the Chap Olympiad 2012 (c) incywspider, Flickr

…although remaining impeccably styled throughout was a priority.

Strategizing at the Chap Olympiad 2012 (c) incywspider, Flickr

Now steady on, old girl – one musn’t turn one’s nose up at such a smashing tweed ensemble, must one?

Incredible jacket at the Chap Olympiad 2012 (c) incywspider, Flickr

Interesting fact: before the invention of laser eye surgery, posh myopics would merely stare into jackets like these until their vision was back on good form.

Jiving at the Chap Olympiad 2012 (c) incywspider, Flickr

And all chaps know there’s never a bad time to swing dance with a fine filly. (Except funerals.)

Visit the Chap’s website for  ”a wry look at the modern world through the steamed-up monocle of a more refined age.”

Get retro with our guide to Vintage London.

And if it’s more pictures you want, they’re right here.

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