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Do You Know Your Country's Racing Color? - DrivingScene

Do You Know Your Country’s Racing Color?

Posted on 28 December 2013 by Adam Kaslikowski

national racing colors

Sesame street taught me that colors are cool. Driving through South-Central LA taught me that picking the right colors are important. Finally, numerous Tumblr galleries have taught me that colors can make or break a cool ride. So how does one pick the right color for their whip? Well, if you want a cheat sheet, you can always pick your national racing color.

See, back in the early 1900’s the Gordon Bennett Cup was an annual race held to pit the top machinery of each country against each other. All cars had to be 100% produced in their country of origin – down to the tires and interior – and each country had a national racing color to aid in spotting during the races. These races were the birth of Rosso Corsa (Ferrari Red), British Racing Green, and the familiar blue and white stripes of Shelby Cobras and Mustangs.

The full history of how national racing colors came to be, and how each country picked theirs is a fascinating tale. I’ll be delving into all of this in upcoming posts on Petrolicious, but in the meantime I’ve included a shortened list below of some of the world’s racing colors by country:

Italy – Red

France – Blue

Germany – White or Silver

United Kingdom – Green

USA – White & Blue

Japan – White w/Red Sun

Sweden – Blue & Yellow

Brazil – Yellow

Mexico – Gold

Argentina – Blue & Yellow

Spain – Yellow & Red

Australia – Green & Gold

Canada – White & Green

Netherlands – Orange

Portugal – Red

Switzerland – Red & White

Poland – White & Red

Finland – White

Egypt – Purple