One of the things missing from modern racing is truly memorable racing liveries, or the paint and ad scheme painted on the side of a racecar. Sure you could just throw your company’s name on the side, but if you make is visually pleasing it makes your name more memorable. Just think of modern racing liveries– the only two that come to mind are the Red Bull F1 car and the Wonder Bread NASCAR from Talladega Nights. It’s a sad state of affairs.
It is only made worse when you see how great modern F1 cars look with the excellent racing liveries from the 1980s, from the folks at MotorsportRetro.com. This was the time of Prost, Senna, Andretti, and Piquet, and the advertorial war paint was just that much better. Take a look.
1980 Renault RE20 (driven by Alain Prost)
1881 Ferrari 126 C (driven by Gilles Villeneuve)
1986 Lotus 98T (driven by Ayrton Senna)
1987 Lotus 99T (driven by Ayrton Senna)
1988 Williams FW12 (driven by Nigel Mansel)