Monday, September 1, 2014

Purdy Car, Historical Reference

I don't need much of an excuse to post pictures of the lovely Aston Martin DB3S with recognition blazes (that is, differently colored stripes around the radiator intake and on the front fender flares).  The point of the blazes was to make the individual identity of team cars more clear to people scoring laps from the pits in those pre-transponder days.  In this case, my excuse is a current racing Aston with a referential paint scheme.

Aston Martin Vantage, run by TRG in the Tudor Sports Car Series, 2014.  Let us overlook the flat black paint and the
competition number.  James Bond drove a DB 5 because it made him cool, not the other way 'round.  Mr. Bond
would look just as cool in just about any Aston Martin made in the past 60+ years.

A DB3S with its original, traditional, grille shape and the older Aston shade of British Racing Green; this one with red
"recognition blazes."

DB3S 009 and 010 with the later (ugly) front end: faired-in headlights and a flat, lower, radiator intake.  These cars are
also in the later, lighter, shade of British Racing Green made famous by the much more successful DBR1 race car.

Stirling Moss in the DB3S at Sliverstone.  Pictures like this were the iconic representations of speed, sophistication,
and fun to me in my youth.

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