NOREV Catalogue 2019 - Page 21

Colors The origin of colors in race would come from the Gordon Bennett Cup. The wealthy owner of the New York Herald offered, during the period 1900-1905, the Automobile Clubs to organize an International Prize during which national teams were confronted and colours were attributed to distinguish them. Italy : red Alfa Romeo Type 158 1950 Great Britain : Racing green Lotus 43 1966 They became definitive in the 1920s and 1930s after the Bugatti blue and the Alfa Romeo red became popular in many races (originally the red colour was for the United-States). allowed teams to use extra-sport sponsorships during the 1968 Formula One World Championship. Lotus became the first cars to give up the green colour of the English teams. On June 3, 1934, the Mercedes-Benz W25 white were sanded to the bare sheet in order to reach the maximum weight allowed. This is how they gave birth to the "Silver Arrows", with their bare and polished aluminum body that became the colour for Germany. Matra, as well as Ligier kept sporting the French blue, Ferrari stayed faithful to the Italian red, Mercedes Grand Prix kept the typical silver colour, and Jaguar Racing went back to the «British Racing Green» livery. However, to cope with the increasingly high costs of competition, the FIA International Sports Commission For its part, Renault used both the national blue and the traditional yellow of the brand. 19