Monday, October 7, 2013

Orange McLarens in Formula 1 Racing

McLaren M7C Grand Prix car - Wikipedia
Fans of the SCCA Canadian-American Challenge Cup know well the shade of orange that the McLaren team used during their heyday in the early 1970s. Called "papaya" by the team, it was used extensively on all of their cars in Can-Am, USAC, Formula 1 and sports prototypes. 

The McLaren (or to be precise the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes) web site has an interesting article posted by writer Alan Henry discussing the team's colors:

"There used to be a time when Formula 1 team liveries were predictable and structured. The Italian teams ran in ‘rosso corsa’ racing red, the British outfits in a stately racing green, the French in a Gallic blue and the Germans in white – or bare-metal ‘silver’, as Mercedes’ well-hewn motorsport folk tale popularly recounts."

Check out  Alan's complete entry on the McLaren Blog site.

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