Livery of the Day – BRM P153

BRM, short for British Racing Motors, had a long and distinguished history in Formula 1. Racing in F1 from 1951 through to 1977, the team took 17 wins, 1 world championship and had legendary drivers such as Hill, Stewart, Rodriguez, Lauda and Regazzoni at the wheel throughout the years (to name a few!).

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Disclaimer: I know, some images may not be of the P135.

The team was no stranger to historic liveries, with their iconic black with orange accent colours of the 60s, as well being pioneers with what I believe to be the first ever Marlboro livery in Motorsport in 1972.

However, after years of reading F1 encyclopedias as a kid, the one I think back to is the Yardley sponsored BRM of 1970-71. Yardley were the first company to sponsor BRM after Lotus’ revolutionised the sport with their Gold Leaf deal in 1968, and made an impact with this memorable livery.

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The livery was rather basic, as was the norm at the time, but a little more involved than most. The single stripe up the middle was used for years, but BRM took it further, fashioning a Y by splitting the line before the cockpit. This was was to “represent the motto of Yardley’s range of men’s toiletries“. Each section of the Y was a different colour, a prong each being gold, black and brown. That’s right, brown according the above link, although I always thought it was red, as it does have a rather reddish hue. I’m sure I’m not the only one!

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The sides of the car featured similar designs, although the Ys aren’t quite as obvious. That said, the line along the side sits very nicely above the lower bulge, framing the car well. It’s interesting to note that opposite colours are used on each side, which is easy to miss at first glance, despite the colours on the Y being so obviously asymmetrical on the nose. Side note, that’s Helmut Marko in the photo above!

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The livery as a whole is so retro, with the gold and brown looking hideously lovely on the white (or off-white, depending on the picture), whilst the design itself looks straight out of a 70s text book or poster. Mix this with the huge circle numbers on the side and slanted numbers on the nose and classic logos and you’ve got a whole lot of retro goodness all on one car.

Pedro Rodriguez(MEX)BRM P160, 2nd place
Dutch GP, Zandvoort,  20 June 1971

After two years, Yardley moved their sponsorship over to McLaren, in effect giving birth to the Marlboro livery. The Yardley McLaren livery was very similar, the only difference at first being a section of the famous McLaren orange below the lines on the sides, before the boxier car of 1973 saw further changes.

This livery was one that encapsulated Formula 1 and design in the 70s just about perfectly. I just wonder why brown hasn’t been used in F1 more often! Eh, maybe there is a reason

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Livery of the Day – BRM P153

Livery of the Day – A1GP Team Malaysia

With more and more designs being made of Formula 1 cars under the 2017 rules, I can’t help but feel a little nostalgic. Every time I see a side on drawing or rendering, or more specifically, the slanted 2017 rear wings, I get flashbacks. My mind jumps back a decade, to a far simpler time. A time when nations could battle it out on track. A1GP – the World Cup of Motorsport.

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This series was an awesome idea. Pitting country against country in a spec open wheel series. It was great while it lasted with fun racing and some decent drivers involved, all of which had to be of the same nationality as the country they represented, which I always thought to be an important rule.

Despite some famous national colours being proudly displayed over the series’ four year history, not many of the liveries were terribly memorable. One of the exceptions, for me, was Team Malaysia.

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Team Malaysia didn’t fair too badly in A1GP, finishing with a championship best result of 5th, and racking up five wins along the way. Four of those wins were taken by Yoong, the other one by Fairuz Fauzy.

It was through A1GP that I discovered that Malaysia’s national sporting colour is yellow, and it translates well onto a racing car. Me paying special attention to this car was probably due to former F1 driver Alex Yoong being at the wheel.

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This design follows my  #1 and #2 rules – choose the right colours, and respect the natural lines of the car. While it may seem that the teams had no choice in the colours they raced in due to national colours being used, picking the right shade was completely their decision and an important one. Team Malaysia chose well and had a lovely bold yellow as the majority colour on the car.

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Supporting this yellow was largely white, which as far as my research tells me is unusual. Generally for Malaysian national sports teams, yellow is accompanied by black, and often in the style of tiger stripes, which is Malaysia’s national animal. This decision to go with white could have been just to show of the sponsors better, but either way, I do like the combination.

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Team Malaysia kept the same design for the majority of A1GP’s lifespan, slightly changing with the new car in 2008, but the original design was lovely. With yellow as the main colour, the entire engine cover was white, as were the front wing end plates and the rear wing. The main design elements, however, were the thin black stripes that ran along the sides. One of these stripes ran the length of the car, thinning to a point at the nose and exhaust. The other line was along the top edge of the sidepod, contouring it nicely.

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Like I mentioned earlier, what I love most about these lines is that they run along the natural curves and edges of the car, framing it nicely. Can’t really go long utilising rule #2. There is also black on the front wing supports and the wing itself, as well as the mirrors.

A memorable livery that looked great from every angle. Maybe (and hopefully) one day we’ll see a similar championship pop up. ROC doesn’t quite cut it for me!

Livery of the Day – A1GP Team Malaysia