Our High 10 Favourite Race Liveries

Our High 10 Favourite Race Liveries


In honor of the “Biggest Spectacle in Racing” in the present day, we’re looking at a few of our favourite race automotive sponsorships—or extra particularly, the sponsorship paintings.

Should you’ve by no means heard the time period “livery” earlier than, it’s mainly a elaborate phrase for a paint scheme generally related to a race automotive and/or its sponsor.

The one catch is that we didn’t embody restricted specials or one-offs in our record (sorry Dogecoin), opting as an alternative to deal with recurring sponsors and paint schemes.

OK, we gave one honorable point out, and you’ll see it on the backside of this record.

Check out the lineup beneath, and tell us your ideas within the feedback part on the backside of this text.


10. Castrol

(Picture/Summit Racing)

So we’re completely biased right here, as this explicit livery was seared into our younger minds due to all of the quarters we fed into Sega Rally Championship. However let’s not neglect that John Power additionally carried the Castrol flag to victory throughout a giant a part of his NHRA profession too.


9. Sunoco

(Picture: 1967 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 (Sunoco) by Nathan Bittinger | CC BY 2.0)

You don’t must be flashy to be iconic. Take the understated blue/yellow Sunoco livery of the late Nineteen Sixties as an illustration. Although its generally related to vehicles just like the Penske Trans-Am Camaro and Daytona/Sebring Corvette—the latter which acquired the first-ever COPO L88 427—loads of different vehicles received the blue/gold therapy, together with Staff Penske’s 1972 Indy 500 winner pushed by Mark Donohue.


8. Renown


There’s outdated expression which says “You may’t hear an image.” However this livery proves that flawed.

That’s as a result of, in case you’ve ever heard Mazda’s Wankel-powered racers rip round a observe, you most likely have a wonderful four-rotor engine screaming in your mind proper now. Whereas this vibrant livery is normally finest remembered for the Le Mans-winning 787B, variations of it have been worn by a number of different Mazda race vehicles.


7. Scorching Wheels

Yeah, we might’ve proven you the full-size vehicles, however we felt the 1:64 variations had been extra applicable right here. (Picture/Summit Racing)

Maybe one of the best check for an automotive livery is a straightforward one: Does it look good on a Scorching Wheels automotive?

So it’s no shock that the Scorching Wheels-backed Plymouth humorous vehicles of Tom “Mongoose” McEwen and Don “Snake” Prudhomme look superior in no matter scale they’re introduced. Mix this paint scheme with two of drag racing’s most well-known drivers, and also you’ll see how this livery helped put Mattel’s fledging toy automotive line onto kitchen flooring throughout the nation.


6. Repsol


Whereas there are fairly a couple of MotoGP liveries that might’ve made this record, Repsol stands out as a result of, nicely…simply take a look at that eyeball-scorching explosion of coloration. However what’s actually neat is that Honda made the livery obtainable on particular version MotoGP reproduction road bikes too. Yup, you might run errands round city wanting like Dani Pedrosa or Nicky Hayden—simply don’t drag a knee into your dry cleaner’s parking zone.


5. M&Ms

(Picture/NASCAR, Photograph by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Pictures)

Wish to get youngsters concerned with racing? Slap footage of massive, smiling sweet on the facet. Past that although, what we actually like about this explicit livery is the entire numerous iterations and evolutions it has gone via since first showing many years in the past. (Our favourite taste, pun meant, was Elliot Sadler’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” model throughout the 2006 season.)


4. John Participant Particular


Because of an oh-so-tasteful black/gold tandem, there’s an understated magnificence to this explicit costume code. These Staff Lotus vehicles are so iconic, the entire group is definitely known as the collective “John Participant Specials.” And on condition that the livery graced a few of the most noteworthy vehicles of Components 1’s Nineteen Sixties-70s golden period, many of us regard the John Participant Specials as one of the best livery of all time. (Chevy Vega followers most likely assume so too.)


3. STP

Richard Petty will get his Pontiac up on two wheels whereas negotiating a flip throughout the operating of the 1990 Banquet Frozen Meals 300 NASCAR Cup race at Sears Level Raceway. (Picture/NASCAR, Photograph by ISC Pictures & Archives through Getty Pictures)

Typically a livery turns into extra related to a driver than a selected automotive or race. Working example: the purple/white/blue of STP and Richard Petty. In actual fact, Petty really received STP to change its colours for him, swapping the corporate’s conventional purple for his most well-liked gentle “Petty” blue. Petty carried these colours faithfully for many years, stretching again to the early Nineteen Seventies. The Petty halo round STP is so huge, it’s simple to neglect that even legendary Mario Andretti campaigned underneath these letters.


2. Martini

(Picture/Porsche 911 Carrera RSR, Bj. 1974 by Lothar Spurzem | CC BY-SA 2.0 DE)

Okay, contemplating we put Martini at quantity two, you’ll be able to most likely already guess what’s primary. Truthfully it was a toss up, as they’re each just about welded into the material of motorsports. The Martini livery has graced the whole lot from rally vehicles to Le Mans racers, Porsches to Mustangs, and occasional mugs to wristwatches. In brief, Martini’s signature stripe bundle seems good on dang-near the whole lot.


1. Gulf

(Picture: Gulf Racer by Phil Parker | CC BY 2.0)

An superior automotive, in an superior coloration palette, with an superior resume from a traditional motorsports period. What’s to not like right here?

Ever since Ford’s 1968 and 1969 Le Mans wins, this paint scheme has turn out to be synonymous with American racing historical past, and has impressed numerous revivals—not simply from Ford both, well-known U.Ok. marques like McLaren and Aston Martin have gone Gulf over time.


Honorable Point out:
1971 Porsche 917/20 “Trüffle Jäger von Zuffenhausen”


Alright, we completely stated we wouldn’t embody one-off particular editions within the record, however we needed to not less than make a passing reference to the “Truffle Hunter from Zuffenhausen.”

On the tail finish of its World Sportscar Championship profession (which included a pair of Le Mans wins), Porsche determined to ship the potent 917 platform out with a bang. It developed a brand new 917, dubbed the 917/20, that featured important aerodynamic modifications—together with whimsical paintings impressed by a butcher’s chart for pork cuts. Affectionally dubbed the “Pink Pig,” the brand new 917/20 crashed out to a DNF within the 1971 Le Mans race (although an earlier mannequin Porsche 917 finally find yourself successful). Fortunately, the 917/20 was saved, its livery restored, and the automotive nonetheless makes occasional public appearances.


So, what’d we miss? Agree with our record? Allow us to hear about it within the feedback!

Paul is the editor of OnAllCylinders. When he is not writing, you will most likely discover him fixing oil leaks in a Jeep CJ-5 or watching a 1972 Corvette overheat. An avid motorcyclist, he spends the remainder of his time synchronizing carburetors and cleansing chain lube off his left pant leg.


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