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#1 OV106

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 01:55

The "Gulf Oil" light blue and orange color scheme is too dated to be on a modern sports car. It's just plain ugly now.

Edited by OV106, 07 June 2011 - 01:56.


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#2 Louis Siefert

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 02:05

The "Gulf Oil" light blue and orange color scheme is too dated to be on a modern sports car. It's just plain ugly now.


give it 20 years after they win (again)... you'll be waxing nostalgic about them
edit: would OAK Racing's Pescarolo Judd be the type of "modern" you were looking for?

Edited by Louis Siefert, 07 June 2011 - 02:09.


#3 teejay

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 02:20

Wrong.

#4 ed24f1

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 02:43

It's still a nice livery, but this year's incarnation of it is pretty awful.

#5 Dingo

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 03:01

The "Gulf Oil" light blue and orange color scheme is too dated to be on a modern sports car. It's just plain ugly now.

Heathen.

#6 pinnacle racing

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 03:16

BLASPHEMY!!!!

#7 Nustang70

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 03:47

I disagree.

#8 Ise

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 04:21

Rollin' n' Trollin'

#9 ensign14

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 06:26

Never really liked it either. The darker Gulf blue looks far more effective.

#10 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 06:39

I preferred the darker blue too. What I don't like about the current ones is they look like knockoffs.

#11 hughcdavies

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 07:57

Absolute balderdash. :evil:

The Gulf Colours are brilliant, it's just been put on half an ugly car with the other half left black.



#12 Henrik B

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 08:15

The "Gulf Oil" light blue and orange color scheme is too dated to be on a modern sports car. It's just plain ugly now.


This MUST be a bannable offense. Where is the report button?

#13 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 08:26

Why do we like Gulf so much? Because we associate it with front line cars, teams, and drivers. Big Names winning Big Races. Now it is more commonly found on amateur efforts.

#14 engel

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 09:10

Why do we like Gulf so much?


Cause Steve McQueen drove a Gulf car in the Le Mans movie


#15 hughcdavies

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 09:23

Now it is more commonly found on amateur efforts.


Dave Richards will be impressed, prodrive an amature effort.

Gulf colour scheme is The Iconic scheme for Le Mans cars.


#16 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 09:34

Compared to Audi and Peugeot, Prodrive are amateurs. And that's before we start talking about their competitiveness...

#17 jk

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 09:55

I have never understood the fuss about the Gulf colours, but then again i was not alive in the 8 years when cars with those colours were at the top. I understand their significance, and it was a nice feature that the Prodrive Astons (GT1 and LMP1) carried that livery.

However this year there are 6 cars in that livery, none of which are going to feature at the top of any category. That is simply way way too many. The livery is striking and iconic, but not particularly pretty. Having 6 cars out there in those colours will decrease the striking factor and all that will be left is an odd combination of blue and orange.

Edited by jk, 07 June 2011 - 09:55.


#18 King Six

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 10:08

It's the fin, that stupid fin.

#19 BRG

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 10:08

It's still a nice livery, but this year's incarnation of it is pretty awful.

Agreed. All that black spoils the clean simplicity of the proper version.

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#20 DarthWillie

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 10:36

The "Gulf Oil" light blue and orange color scheme is too dated to be on a modern sports car. It's just plain ugly now.


absolutely right, doesn't work on modern cars

#21 ajcrean

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 11:06

The "Gulf Oil" light blue and orange color scheme is too dated to be on a modern sports car. It's just plain ugly now.


Troll...!!!

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#22 Vitesse2

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 13:34

It looked good on the GT40 and Mirage, but apart from the Pink Pig (;) ) it's the best livery ever applied to the best sports car of all time.

#23 zold

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 13:40

It's not bad, just a bit overused now.

#24 Dunder

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 13:45

Add me to the "troll" list.
Even back in the day, the light blue always looked like it was faded/sun bleached to me.



#25 Apollonius

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 14:16

A pic would be nice..............................................................

#26 Scotracer

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 14:21

It's been overused and the blue is too light.

#27 engel

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 14:32

A pic would be nice..............................................................




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#28 midgrid

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 15:00

Plus the Gulf AMR Middle East team racing in GT:
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Edited by midgrid, 07 June 2011 - 15:01.


#29 Tufty

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 15:02

Now I'm aware I know little to nothing about Endurance racing of any kind... but I know I like the Gulf livery. Shame about the weird nose on that car though...

#30 Rob G

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 17:26

To me, the Gulf light blue looks like it's much lighter than it used to be. It looks almost white in some recent photos I've seen. I think it would look much better if it were a little darker, and if there was a lot less orange.

#31 Louis Siefert

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 18:48

To me, the Gulf light blue looks like it's much lighter than it used to be. It looks almost white in some recent photos I've seen. I think it would look much better if it were a little darker, and if there was a lot less orange.


could it be color saturation of Kodachrome film as opposed to an actual shade difference?


#32 midgrid

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 18:55

For comparison, here are some "classic" Gulf liveries:
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#33 Red17

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 19:43

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I see part of your problem, that car has an alien black on the front! It kills a lot of the scheme.

The white thing, yes, it looks like it's much whiter. From what I have read getting the right colour can be tricky. People are discussing a similar issue about the Renault JPS colors (particularly the golden) not looking quite right. Itr also doesnt help that the car does not have a hige nose to show off the scheme.

Edited by Red17, 07 June 2011 - 19:48.


#34 greenblood

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 20:38

I remember a commentator a couple of years back saying that there had been questions about whether the Astons were too light but that it was the right shade of blue. It's probably likely that back in the day the teams just used whatever light blue paint they could and didn't match it exactly to Gulf's corporate colours, so the older cars were darker than they should have been.

#35 Obster

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 21:55

This livery from the late 60s-early 70s is just classic. I have been told by several people that are NOT racing fans how attractive this color scheme is. This while watching the movie Lemans or watching a highlight disc.
There is just something about it....

#36 jk

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 23:02

To be fair the 917 looked faboulous in every livery.

I agree with the thread starter that the livery does look good on the old cars. But on the new cars it is nothing special at all. I do not like mediocre privateer teams trying to evoke the JW 917 by painting their cars blue and orange. It was okay when only a good team like Aston did it, but 7 cars this year (in all likehood all bad entries) is just way too many. Thank god Oak painted their 4th car black or we would have had another one.
One in 9 cars at Le Mans will be in that livery! That is not doing John Wyer any favour.

#37 oetzi

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 23:11

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Surely the real issue is that this car is so ugly it makes it mother cry?

No livery could hide that.


#38 skinnyman

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 23:51

That car is f'kin ugly and black parts don't help also.

This is teh sex:

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#39 nordschleife

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 01:38

That car is f'kin ugly and black parts don't help also.

This is teh sex:

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Worst I've seen yet. This is the sux.




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#40 anbeck

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 11:21

Looks only good on closed cars.

#41 Zarathustra

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 11:30

The new Aston would be hideous in any livery.

#42 Kevan

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 15:04

Looks only good on closed cars.


Really?
http://www.barchetta...an-johan-61.jpg