I'm starting to run out of material here, so let's talk about.. racing stripes?
While history is up for grabs, the purpose and origin of the go-faster stripes is relatively widely accepted.
In the early days of Motorsports, race tracks were few and far between. Instead, courses were laid out along highways and city streets.
Sometimes circuits, sometimes end-to-end, but generally taking place on roads that regular people drive regular cars. The problem quickly arose of how to identify an avid Sunday driver apart from a sporting participant.
The solution was to mark cars as being representative of certain people and events- in fact this is the humble origin of all racing livery-to be able to tell you apart from anyone else, and correctly associate you with your acolytes and sponsors.
This was largely done with numbers, but eventually race series began to standardize. By the late forties, established races like LeMans required cars to be marked in colors representing the country they raced for in order to participate.
Ever the creative, a man named Briggs Cunningham choose to interpret this requirement selectively, applying blue stripes down the length of the top of his white C2-R, driven by Walters and Fitch. While his team failed to secure a victory during the 1951 race, his livery left an indelible mark on Motorsports.
It's generally accepted that a man named Peter Brock drew inspiration from Cunningham when he was promoted to head of special projects for Ford, and the newly released Shelby GT350 was given the same livery in tribute, making it the first production car with racing stripes, followed shortly afterwards by the Cobra.
There, wasn't that interesting?
Blue Monday with this stunning blue Jaguar XKSS from the magnificent collection of @louwmanmuseum. 💙💙💙🇬🇧 When Jaguar withdrew from racing in 1956 they converted their remaining race cars into a street version with chromed bumpers, a canvas hood, and a windscreen to make it fit for use on the public roads. They renamed this street version of the D-type race car the Jaguar XKSS. Because of a fire in the Jaguar factory in Coventry in 1957 a number of XKSS’s were destroyed and only 16 Jaguars XKSS came on the market. One of these rare Jaguars XKSS was purchased by Steve McQueen and can be seen in some of William Claxton’s photos of the actor that were published by book publisher @taschen. I actually have the original photo at home of Steve driving his Jaguar XKSS on Mulholland Drive which was on the cover of the Taschen book. Unfortunately I do not own the car itself but a beautiful XKSS can be enjoyed at the Louwman museum in The Netherlands which has one of the greatest vintage car collections in the world. The way the whole museum is set up, with an extreme attention to detail, a wonderful collection of vintage posters and car related collectibles and with so much love and care for these fine automobiles, is just stunning. I cannot give enough praise! Photograph by @travelinggentleman 🎩🍸 #stevemcqueen#jaguar#kingofcool#vintagejaguar#jaguarxkss#classiccar#louwmanmuseum#vintagecar#british#therake