The Renault Alpine

Le Mans, 1952; besides all the financial hardship of the “post-war” era in Europe, a good gathering of the most significant sports-car brands were there: Ferrari, Jaguar, Lancia, Aston-Martin, Talbot, Cunningham and perhaps the most coveted presence that year was the return of the Mercedes-Benz to Le Mans after 22 years of absence. The GermansContinue reading “The Renault Alpine”

The Colors of Racing. Part Four – The British Moss Green: Lotus

In this final chapter, we will take a look at another traditional British sports car company that changed Formula One in many different ways. Lotus The company was founded by engineers Colin Chapman and Colin Dare, both graduates of University College, in London, 1952, but had earlier start in 1948 when Chapman built his first racing car inContinue reading “The Colors of Racing. Part Four – The British Moss Green: Lotus”

The Colours of Racing. Part Four – The British Moss Green: Aston Martin.

In this chapter, I will talk about another British brand that wore the traditional Green on their cars: Aston Martin. Aston Martin The company was founded in 1913 by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford, and their very first car was produced in 1915 in the newly acquired facility in Kensington District, London. Aston Martin debuted inContinue reading “The Colours of Racing. Part Four – The British Moss Green: Aston Martin.”

The Colors of Racing. Part Four – The British Moss Green.

When the UK joined the Gordon Bennett Cup, all the most popular colors were already taken, even yellow was unavailable since it was given to Belgium. The only option on the table was green and the color actually fit perfectly since the UK was one of the leaders of the industrial revolution in the lateContinue reading “The Colors of Racing. Part Four – The British Moss Green.”

The Colours of Racing. Part Three – Bleu de France.

Perhaps no other color in the history of motorsport was more embraced than the French Blue, most of the automakers from the country proudly adopted it for their race cars. On this chapter, I will talk about a few of them that in one way or another made History Bugatti The company was created byContinue reading “The Colours of Racing. Part Three – Bleu de France.”

The Colours of Racing. Part Two – The Germans

As you can see in the previous post, some of the national racing colors actually changed hands before becoming traditional, but Germany is the only one to have two choices. The Silver Arrow or the Simple White? The color given to German racing teams was white, pure and simple. The traditional powerhouse brands, Mercedes-Benz andContinue reading “The Colours of Racing. Part Two – The Germans”