For the 1960s, stripes had been applied to some road cars as well as racing cars. They are sometimes called as “go-faster stripes” on road cars. Racing stripes also called Le Mans Stripes, were applied to racecars to help them identify in field during races.
Initially, racing stripes were applied to the Cunningham team’s racecars in the year 1951 and it featured two parallel blue stripes running from front to rear in the centre of the white body called racing stripes. An alternative style features stripes which wraps around the car sideways instead of running down the center of the vehicle called “bumblebee” stripes. These stripes were featured prominently on the Dodge Charger Daytona race car.
Different countries will have different color stripes along with their national flag symbol. For instance, British racing green with gold or silver stripes represented Australia and New Zealand, respectively. White (formerly the German racing color before it became Silver in uncertain circumstances) is also used with red stripes for Japan, and Blue for the USA. The USA also used the reverse scheme of white on blue.
Before the arrival of stripes, race cars were painted to mean their country of origin. For example, Italian cars were red, British cars were green, German cars were silver etc. To reduce the work of painting, racing stripes were introduced so that people could easily identify a particular team’s cars from a distance. There was usually a symbolic meaning to the color of the stripes. Sometimes it was chosen to reflect the nationality of the driver. But now the race cars even painted to reflect the sponsorship. Other than the sacrosanct Ferrari red and Mercedes silver, cars are now painted to reflect sponsorship.
There is a possibility to make your old car look like a new race car using racing stripes. There are some important steps involved in installing racing stripes in your old car.
- The first step involves choosing the location of the racing stripes on your car.
- After locating the position which you use to stick the stripes, clean your car properly by removing dirt, bugs, wax, cleaning product etc. on the surface of the car. If you don’t do this properly then vinyl stripes may not stick to your car.
- Now it is very important step as you will be placing the stripes wherever you needed. Before fixing the stripes to your car with adhesive, be sure to place them on the car so that you can see what they look like before securing them to your vehicle.
- Now, fix the stripes on the surface of car and remove the release paper on the stripes. This should easily lift off and will allow you to directly place the stripes onto the wet surface of vehicle. Now, you will explore a new race car with racing stripes.