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Unique book captures iconic motor racing colours

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0700

A BEAUTIFUL new book has been released that documents 77 different liveries from famous racing cars throughout the decades.

Among the famous and celebrated paint schemes set out in Racing Colours are Gulf, Martini and British Racing Green classics from the racetrack and even from cinema, like that of the Porsche 917K driven by Steve McQueen’s Michael Delaney in the 1970 film Le Mans.

A racing car’s livery is a key component in the enjoyment of motorsport through creating attractive car designs. Racing Colours, produced by artist Simon Owen before his untimely death, captures designs that captured imaginations between 1908 and 2009.

Alongside the images are related quotes from motor racing legends connected to the cars themselves.

The works, split across delicate watercolour and computer-generated artwork, showcase racing cars’ numbers and livery as “a dramatic art form”, according to its accompanying release from Veloce publishing.

Racing Colours is available now, priced at £20.

By Press Association reporter