Tuesday, July 1, 2014
This is the classiest iteration of the classiest sponsorship colors in Grand Prix racing. I don't know the circumstances--maybe cigarette advertising was banned at a particular circuit? For whatever reason, the John Player Special appears only with Valvoline and Olympus logos, and those fine gold pinstripes (in both senses of the word).
And five laurel wreaths on the rear wing, signifying Lotus's manufacturer's championships, located to signify Colin Chapman's hunger for more. In the Lotus 79, Mario Andretti gave him his sixth and last. In their John Player Special years, Lotus cars were raced only in this bi-chromatic color scheme: black with gold pinstripes, race numbers, and sponsor logos. Simple elegance.
These are the Formula 1 Championships won by Lotus when Colin Chapman was running it:
1963 Lotus 25 Jim Clark
1965 Lotus 33 Jim Clark
1968 Lotus 49 Graham Hill
1970 Lotus 72 Jochen Rindt
1972 Lotus 72 Emerson Fittipaldi
1978 Lotus 79 Mario Andretti