Originally posted by Nigel Beresford
Hate to be a smartarse, but at a glance the roll over hoop is the wrong colour - Emerson's (car 2) was red, Al's black and Paul's white. This was done when the cars reached the US, so it probably postdates Tony's painting.
Also, the "2" should be black with a red border on the car with the "D" engine.
What you can't see are the different underwing and completely unique gearbox for the "E" engine (Indy) car.
(Race Engineer, Tracy)
Hi Nigel, well if you
can't be a smartarse I don't know who can! However, regarding the numeral colour, it is
black with a red outline on the 'D' car, and you are correct about timing, I was not necessarily kept up to date on cosmetic changes. For instance, the cockpit combing on the PC26 was originally white 'leather', changed to black as the white was deemed too susceptible to grubby finger prints - so I over-painted the white - then, lo!, changed back to white! Another over-paint, a tricky business with water-based paint, but I think a different, anti-grime, material was specified! All this I picked up from photographs of the car and confirmed with a call to Factory Road. One PC did have a roll-over hoop colour-change, but I can't say without checking, I think it went to black on Little Al's car. Another point is that the only PC I ever saw in its paint was the 20, which I did as a private job at the end of the season, in an attempt to keep Marlboro interested in a commission! Every other was just carbon, minutes away from being crated and ferried to Reading PA.
The underwing was certainly not something I could show easily in this type of illustration, even if Nigel Bennet had allowed it, but I knew about the gearbox, the crownwheel and pinion having to be beefier to handle the extra torque (or power, but we won't go there!), meant that the casing was 1 inch wider. This was not going to show, and as far as I know the basic appearence was very similar, so I left it. I had a deadline, after all...!