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  • Jan 22nd 2012 at 9:01AM
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According to Sven Voelker's book Go Faster, it was American driver Briggs Cunningham who ushered in the era of the "go-faster stripe" when he put two of them on his white Le Mans racer in the fifties. The next year, according to Voelker, stripes were everywhere, and so began the era of wild and memorable race-car liveries that would peak in the 70s and 80s.

The surprise of the book is that the in the days before massive corporate sponsorship, color schemes weren't conjured by graphics departments. Usually, they came from the engineers and grease monkeys who built the cars. It's an observation that helps make sense of some of the luridly hued racers shown in the archival footage. Follow the jump to watch Voelker discuss the book and the war-painted cars within – all the period racing footage makes it worth a look.


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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 3 Years Ago
      It doesn't makes them faster? Bulls**t! Everyone knows that two white stripes give ten more horsepower.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The fact that they never had graphics or PR departments making the liveries just proves how unneeded those departments are. Liveries from those days wipe the floor with modern ones. Take a look at the Storefronts in Forza 4 and the best designs are the vintage livery replicas. It was a golden age for both liveries and the cars themselves and things will never be the same.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great book!