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Hooniverse Asks: What’s your favorite livery of all time?

My answer here is easy; it’s the black and gold of the John Player Special livery. Even today, I’m a sucker for products in that color scheme. It doesn’t even have to be car-related, as there’s a new mountain bike helmet I want simply because it’s black and gold. My plan is to eventually have my mountain bike wrapped in a black and gold scheme using JPS livery fonts, but I need to find someone who can create that and install it properly.

But I admit, as far as liveries go it’s not a particularly exciting one. Yes, it’s tied to amazing machines and drivers but it’s not overly eye-catching. I like it for its simplicity. Some of you may prefer more over-the-top stuff and I want to see that.

Sound off in the comments with your favorite liveries…

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15 responses to “Hooniverse Asks: What’s your favorite livery of all time?”

  1. GTXcellent Avatar

    Hands down, bar none (well, at least in my opinion), THE prettiest race car EVERY – Davey Allison’s 1987, Havoline sponsored Thunderbird

    1. GTXcellent Avatar

      Ok, somebody instruct me on how to post pics on this new wonky system. Did this work?

  2. Tanshanomi Avatar

    There are so many!
    JPS is a first one that would come to my mind.
    Mercedes “silver arrow” is fantastic because they managed to make a single color their brand.
    AMC’s red/white/blue was perhaps the most iconic and communicative of any factory livery.
    But for sheer gut feels, it’s a Tuesday answer: the Yamaha Speed Block.

      1. Tanshanomi Avatar

        Molly Sanders: The guy who programmed your brain

        The images got borked in the Big Switch, but..,

    1. onrails Avatar

      I didn’t know the Yamaha thing had a name! Recently re-did a friend’s R6 track bike paint job and we went for a variation on the speed block.

  3. nanoop Avatar

    The livery which draws the spiral of the BASF label on audio cassettes out over the entire car was tastefully and cleverly done. Good graphic design to me:

  4. Neight428 Avatar

    Something about the MHL livery…

  5. Jack Avatar

    Penske Indy car Marlboro’s

    1. OA5599 Avatar

      And the Marlboro livery was retained without the brand name for a short while for races where tobacco advertising had been outlawed.

  6. Rover 1 Avatar
    Rover 1

    Martini. Shaken but not stirred,

  7. Slow Joe Crow Avatar
    Slow Joe Crow

    Gulf livery on a GT40 or 917I even painted my slot cars that color.

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      Slow Joe Crow

      I forgot to mention the BMW Motorsport, conveniently placed in the background on the 3.0CSL “Batmobile”

  8. Zentropy Avatar

    I can’t shake the influence that Transformers had on my childhood, making the Martini and Alitalia liveries very iconic for me.

  9. bill Avatar

    Rothmans Porsche nine five six

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