In my opinion, there is no better livery ever than the various iterations of Martini Racing colors. It was hugely exciting when the colors were reintroduced on the 2014 Williams F1 cars; one of the most storied and celebrated color combinations, the Martini colors have graced everything from Formula 1 to Rally Cars and everything in between. Yet wherever they turn up, they always seem to fit just right. Even the Martini edition 924, which was really nothing more than an appearance package, somehow looks so much better than the standard 924 because of the white background with red stripes. My favorite rendering of the Martini colors is probably the Elford/Larrousse 917LH from 1971 Le Mans. With a silver background and the Martini colors cascading elegantly over the sinuous curves of the long tail 917. However, number 21 wasn’t the winner of the 1971 Le Mans; instead, it was the sister 917K driven by Helmet Marko of recent Red Bull fame and Gijs van Lennep (the name rolls of the tongue) in the magnesium framed short tail that won. That car was Martini sponsored too, but a white background with the red and blue stripes falling over the fenders – mimicked by today’s 911 Carrera:
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What do you get when you combine the winningest marque in motorsports, the world’s toughest rallye, and a legendary rallye driver? You get this stunning tribute…10 Comments