The Racing Colors Most Iconic Of The Automotive History (Vol. 2)

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In this article we continue with the post The Racing Colors Most Iconic Of The Automotive History, in which we paid tribute to all those sponsors whose support and financing enable cars and drivers continue to compete worldwide, making a tour through the most emblematic of the history of the automobile decorative designs.

Crocodile Audi: This decoration dressed the Audi R8 McNish, Capello and Jones during the “Race of a Thousand Years”. It was the last race of the ALMS (American Le Mans Series) 2000, held on the circuit of Adelaide (Australia) and Audi had chosen a crocodile as a tribute to the host country. Only he is used in this race and brought luck to the team because they won by a wide margin.


Lotus 33 Jim Clark yellow+BRG: Clark won 5 races of the F1 World Championship 1965 on board this car, leading him to win his second world championship. Jim Clark raced for Lotus and always in addition to the 2 world gimped, in 1963 and 1965, he was runner-up in 1962 and third in 1964 and 1967. He also won the Indianapolis 500 in 1965. He died in 1968 at the Hockenheimring.


Gold Leaf Lotus 49: The former snuff brand, sponsored the Lotus F1 team from 1968 to 1971. This was the first F1 Lotus used successfully in engine technology as a supporting element and won the world championships in 1968 and 1970. Beautiful in the sunshine of Monaco under braking for the chicane port just after exiting the tunnel…


Elf Tyrrell P34 6-Wheeler: Ken Tyrrell or “Uncle Ken,” as he was known in the paddock was an RAF pilot, timber businessman and team principal. In 1976 she puts on track the P34, designed by Derek Gardner trying to take advantage of increased mechanical grip that gave him his 4 front wheels to use less “wing” in the front of the car without suffering understeer and taking advantage of the lower drag for achieve higher top speed. The idea was not bad but the car just won a race. That’s right: it is the most radical F1 history.

CarFest South 23rd - 25th August 2013

Renault RS01 F1: “The yellow tea pot”, Renault was the first F1 RS01 powered by a turbo engine. It was introduced in 1977 and the nickname comes because often finished the race in a cloud of smoke and ahead of schedule, but Renault marked the path in the years to other motorists as Ferrari, Alfa, Porsche, BMW and Honda developed turbocharged engines.

JPS Lotus 98T Ayrton Senna (1985): The cigarette brand was a sponsor of the Lotus team between 1972-1985. It was a half car grill and also quite unreliable. Although Ayrton won 2 races this year (in the rain 2) could only be 4th in the championship. That if the pilot was most marked poles: a total of 7, ahead of winning the championship, a certain Alain Prost. Gold on black alive F1 history, legendary for motor racing fans colors. Recently rescued in modern Lotus F1 team, which is not even a shadow of its former self. If Colin Chapman raised his head…

JPS Lotus 98T Ayrton Senna 1985

Pennzoil en Nascar e Indy: In the decade of the 30 the American company supplying lubricants for racing Hot Rod. In 1958 the logo begins to decorate the bodywork of the cars of DRAG and slowly has permeated the minds of racing fans across the Atlantic. Today not a grid is conceived in the US without Pennzoil colors.

Castrol Toyota Celica ST185 GT-Four: He made his debut in the 1992 Monte Carlo Rally and led the title to Carlos Sainz this year (the second of which holds 2 championships). He also won the title of brands and pilots in 1993 and 1994 (with Juha Kankkunen and Didier Auriol respectively). Bello and muscular especially in its African version.

Castrol Toyota Celica ST185 GT-Four

Rothmans International and racing

Along with Marlboro and JPS are the stellar trio tobacco with deeply rooted in the competition colors. The beautiful dark blue decorated with gold and red trim is evocative and unmistakable. Traditionally closely linked to the Porsche brand (though not exclusively) from 1982 onwards. They were also sponsors of the Williams F1 team.

Rothmans rally RS 911 SC: The man behind the sponsorship of Rothmans Porsche is the mythical David Richards, founder of Prodrive Motorsport & Advanced Technology, who had run the best products and after first Porsche Subaru rally on tracks around the world. The first car to Prodrive was put in competition the Porsche 911 SC RS, in 1984. Henri Toivonen achieved a creditable 2nd place in the European championship.

Rothmans 911 SC RS rally

Rothmans Porsche 956 y 962: Between 956 and 962 (the first derivative) between both got 7 consecutive victories at LeMans. Widely used by private teams and not only by the Porsche itself, participated in hundreds of races throughout Europe, America and Asia. With the legendary colors of Rothmans are particularly beautiful.

Rothmans Porsche 956

Art Cars BMW:

It is a saga that has already lasted since 1975, and although not all are competitive, we could not talk about them. 17 unique cars, each served as canvas chosen by the brand to do so, artists like Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol artists. They let their imaginations on the bodies of these BMW who have some magical, ethereal, a special aura that carries the brand to a higher plane. Each made his triumphal entry into automotive history and memory of motor racing fans in their own right.

Alexander Calder 1975

Frank Stella 1976

Frank Stella 1976

Roy Lichtenstein 1977

BMW Roy Lichtenstein 1977

Andy Warhol 1979

BMW Andy Warhol 1979

Ernst Fuchs 1982

BMW Ernst Fuchs 1982

Robert Rauschenberg 1986

BMW Robert Rauschenberg 1986

Michael Jagamara Nelson 1989

BMW Michael Jagamara Nelson 1989

Ken Done 1989

BMW Ken Done 1989

Matazo Kayama 1990

BMW Matazo Kayama 1990

César Manrique 1990

BMW Cesar Manrique 1990

A. R. Penck (Ralf Winkler) 1991

BMW Penck Ralf Winkler 1991

Esther Mahlangu 1991

BMW Esther Mahlangu 1991

Sandro Chia 1992

BMW Sandro Chia 1992

David Hochney 1995

BMW David Hochney 1995

Jenny Holzer 1999

BMW Jenny Holzer 1999

Olafur Eliasson 2007

BMW Olafur Eliasson 2007

Robin Rhode 2009

BMW Z4 Robin Rhode 2009

Jeff Koons 2010

Jeff Koons 17. BMW Art Car, 2010 (BMW M3 GT2) (05/2010)

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