I’ve always had a thing for old race cars. In particular old race car livery, as my Forza Motorsport 4 store front can attest to. I spent hours recreating old classic liveries in the game and loved to apply them to the descendants of old models.

lotus GL
Old liveries are art. Just imagine if Andy Warhol was a grease monkey. They are the petrol heads pop art. So naturally when I was sent a link to this site of old Formula one Livery on new cars it caught my attention.

Lotus 79
Of course the idea of classic livery isn’t abandoned in modern F1 with Ferrari keeping a version of the famous red and white arrow livery from the Marlboro sponsorship days and Lotus F1 taking on the Gold on Black colour scheme made famous in the  Lotus 77.

There is even mention of a return to the white and red livery for McLaren in 2015 when they pair up with Honda as an engine supplier, giving a nod to the McLaren MP4/5 immortalised by the Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna era.

Honda 68

But imagine a world where sponsorship rules didn’t change and the cars we grew up watching as kids still had the same recognisable artwork. When a racing Green car with a mustard yellow stipe was enough to know exactly who was flying over the crest at the Nurburgring.

Ferrari villo

We’ll Camille De Bastiani has given us a glimpse into that world and I for one approve. Follow the link to see more classic Livery on modern cars.

mclaren 96


Still want more? Escape Artist Designs have also had the same idea as showcased on there site here.

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Roger Baillie
Brought up in a world of Mini's, road trips, rallying and tinkering it is unsurprising that among my passions, since I can remember, cars have been something very special to me. The way they look, the way they smell and especially the way the sound. This passion has grown over the years from a spectator's seat at Formula 1 and WRC events to active participation in events such as the Cannonball Run NZ and Stance Off Events. My current love affair is with a slightly tuned Mk4 Golf GTI which brings me nothing but joy on the road. This love for driving and cars has led me start a Podcast dedicated to my love of driving called Drive Life NZ where I hope to share my story while exploring the varied stories of other enthusiasts. Dispelling the myths surrounding car people and celebrating our diversity.


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