By Phil Hecken
Back in August, I ran an entry with today’s “guest submitter,” Rob Caplette, who posts in our comments as “Inkracer.” That article focused on the much-overlooked “Black for Black’s Sake” in Auto Racing. I promised when racing season came around in 2011, I’d let him do a full review of the
cars liveries, and he had actually planned on doing one for the Daytona 500, but webmaster John Ekdahl had already “reserved” that post. So Rob rallied and has delivered what you’re about to see today. I don’t know much about auto racing, but he sure does. So, without further ado…here’s Rob.
A Look at the F1 and Indy Cars for 2011
By Rob Caplette
The racing season is upon us, I want to take a spin around the different series, and take a look at, and grade the overall liveries. With the great piece that Ek did for the Daytona 500, and Nascar, I won’t hit those again. I will instead take a spin thru the F1, IndyCar and a few other series.
Team Penske — More changes this year for Penske, as noted last year, the longtime marriage with Marlboro is over, and Penske has seemingly struck it sponsor-rich. Shell joins the squad for the Indy 500, as the sponsor for 3-time winner Helio Castroneves’ car. Helio will also carry the colors of AAA (and AAA Insurance), Guidepoint Systems and, Itiapava (an alcoholic beverage of some sort, confirmed as Helio’s sponsor in Brazil). Ryan Briscoe will carry the colors of Izod, PPG, and will share the Guidepoint colors. Right now, it looks like Will Power will carry the colors of Verizon, like last season, and possibly Mejier. Per this article on the Indycar site, it looks like there could be a Coke livery too.
Chip Ganassi Racing — This year Ganassi racing breaks into 2 teams. The “A” squad of Dixon and Franchitti, who continue to have Target backing, and newcomers to the Ganassi stable, Graham Rahal and Charlie Kimball, Sponsored by Service Central and Nova Nordisk, respectively.
HVM — the Swiss Miss, Simona De Silvestro comes back to the team this year, with the backing of Entergy. Expect big things from this small team, now with proper backing. Small changes have already been made to this livery.
Andretti AutoSport — Go Daddy returns to Danica’s car, and I’m still not fond of their liveries. Venom returns to Marco’s car, and there really isn’t much change there. DHL steps up for Ryan Hunter-Reay, also with backing from Dr. Pepper/Snapple through Sun Drop, not a bad looking car, but could use some improvements. Still awaiting Conway’s colors, but I’m hearing that Dr. Pepper/Snapple and Go Daddy will be on the car. Window World and Petty return for another go at Indy with John.
Panther Racing — National Guard still sponsoring the Panther squad, looks like they are going with the black and ACU camo design of last year, I still expect to see a Red, White, and Blue one at some point too.
KV Racing Tech/Lotus — Lotus steps up their sponsoring of the Kalkhoven/Vasser squad, as both cars will now sport Green and Yellow Lotus-esque liveries. E.J. Viso again brings along PDVSA. For those of you paying attention to the naming battle in F1 right now, this is the Lotus that is backing the Renault squad. Takuma Sato sported Pray for Japan decals at the Open test. Adds Tony Kanaan for the entire season, with GEICO backing. Sato continues with Japan on his car.
Conquest Racing — Per Speed TV, the driver lineup will be Sebastien Saavedra and Pippa Mann. Still blank cars on the track, so far this pre-season. Confirmed Saavedra, who will be piloting a rather colorful entry in St. Pete.
Dale Coyne Racing — Confirmed Bourdais and James Jakes, Bourdais will carry the colors of the Boy Scouts this year. Jakes brings Acorn Stairlifts with him to Coyne, testing has them using a decal-less BSA car.
Dreyer and Reinbold — The driver lineup is set, with Brazilian Ana Beatriz and Englishman Justin Wilson behind the wheel. Charter will be Wilson’s sponsor at the Grand Prix of Alabama, and Z-line returns as the main Primary Sponsor for Wilson. It appears that Ipirango is tagging along with Beatriz again this year. For this weekend in St. Pete, Tran Systems is on Wilson’s car. It appears that Ipirango is tagging along with Beatriz again this year.
Newman/Haas — The once great team has fallen on a bit of hard times, and we still are waiting on word on the driver lineup for the upcoming season. Word is the lineup of Oriol Servia and James Hinchcliffe all but official.
Sam Schmidt Motorsports — The newly acquired/renamed FAZZT team from last season will have Alex “Tags” Tagliani behind the wheel, and Bower & Wilkins as the primary sponsor. It appears that the car will look similar to the FAZZT car from last season.
AFS Racing — Split from Andretti, the AFS guys reunite with Matos for their inaugural IndyCar season.
Also, I am working on a piece about uniform inconsistencies between the one the field uniforms and their video game counterparts. (Like the Eagles 60’s Throwback with current wing decal) If you know of any, send them my way.
Occasionally, I will be featuring wonderful, high-quality black and white photographs that are just begging to be colorized.
Very small set this week.
With the passing of Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor this past Wednesday, Paul ran that as his splash photo on Thursday, suggesting it might make for a good “Colorize This!” piece. Reader Chris Bisbee came up with that idea, and a few of the colorizers had their way with it. Not everyone took it seriously.
Up first is “DF” who took the MSPaint approach, simply writing:
Next up was the guy who posts as “Dootie Bubble” who colorized the photo, and added an interesting new background. By the way, there’s only one “L” in Philip:
Not everyone treated this as a joke. Jeremy Kelly did a bang up job on Liz:
Here’s the Elizabeth Taylor colorization that Paul suggested. I think that it came out really nice.
Next up is a future colorization suggestion, which comes from Andrew Mocella. It might be a bit small, however:
Just putting a ‘challenge’/request out there for anyone up to it, I work a lot so don’t have spare time to do it myself, but I would really like to see this photo of Howie Morenz colorized, thanks.
Of course, our two bombers didn’t disappoint this week. Gary Chanko found a great old shot from one of Paul’s “wire service” entries:
Followed your suggestion and captured this great image of George Susce from Uni Watch » There’s No Service Like Wire Service, Vol. 16 to colorize. Also found an interesting Shoeless Joe Jackson image that I’ll finish later this week.
Thanks, Gary! I had actually colorized that myself a long time ago, but your effort is far superior. I totally screwed up the sleeve color, making them orange when they should have been tan-ish. Great job.
And finally we have George Chilvers, who also took on the lovely Ms. Taylor:
I know some in the comments section the other day said don’t colourise this, but I personally think it adds to the picture. I think there’s room for the black and white fans who can appreciate the artistry of the photographer, and the colourisers who want to bring historical pictures to life.
But George wasn’t done. Despite being busy, he had also sent along this beauty earlier this past week:
Yes – you were right – I am very busy at work at present so entries from me may be sporadic for a little while. However the “competition” (friendly competition of course) is getting so good that I feel honour-bound to keep flying the Union Jack and rise to the challenges.
Saw this picture on Shorpy — and just had to colourise it. I never thought that colourising glass could be so satisfying!
It is an 1890s US Naval Academy team – judging by the mitts it’s the Baking Competition team posed outside the Church Hall where the cakes will be sold. The guy standing in uniform to the left has obviously had a serious oven-related injury to his right index finger.
I do have a full size version, but I thought you’d want a scaled down version because the file size is very big otherwise.
That’s all for this week. Either everyone is very busy or not a lot of people saw last weekend’s colorize this!. So, lets see if we can’t find a few b&w’s to colorize for next weekend. There’s lots of great stuff from any of the wire service entries Paul has run in the past. As always, send me your colorizations and I’ll run them in the next “Colorize This!”
by Rick Pearson
What’s more fun than finding a pair of classics online?
And if that’s too small, here is the full size version.
And don’t forget… to enter Ricko’s “Design an outfit for Mick” contest — Here’s A Template. Just give the Mick a nice golf outfit (you can enter as many as you’d like) and the “winner” will receive either a signed original “Benchies” or be written into a future strip — possibly both. For full details, you can refer back to the contest. Remember, the deadline is April 3, 2011.
Back with a full set of tweaks today.
If you have a tweak, change or concept for any sport, send them my way.
Remember, if possible, try to keep your descriptions to ~50 words (give or take) per tweak. You guys have been great a keeping to that, and it’s much appreciated!
And so, lets begin:
Starting off today is Ike Buck, who has a Bengals tweak:
A couple weeks back I sent you guys a tweak on the Bengals uni using the Nike Pro-Combat template, but the logo was just plain bad. Well, I feel like I fixed that. Here is a Bengals uni that’s clean and tasteful. Hope you enjoy. I have more I’ll be sending starting with some A.F.C teams. Tweak on!
Next is Christopher Antipuesto, who has a great tweak for the San Francisco Seals:
I have a dream that the Class-A San Jose Giants move to San Francisco and allow the Oakland A’s to move to the South Bay. The home/away and alternate sets I designed honor the history of the two most successful franchises in the City. I aimed for a jersey that had the texture and feel of a uniform from the 1930’s.
Next up is Peter Brannen, who is a first time tweaker. Enjoy this Patriots concept:
Never done anything like this before but the Patriots uniforms have been bugging me since the end of the Hugh Millen era. With New England’s revolutionary history I thought something blunt, intimidating and traditional was more appropriate. The helmet incorporates the 13 stars from the original 13 colony American flag and the player’s number is inside. I don’t normally like drab colors, like Navy Blue or burnt red but I think with the Patriots it actually works and evokes something like a tattered flag from Lexington or Concord.
Closing out the tweak show today is Mike Snider, who has a Va Tech tweak:
I have been thinking about a way to tweak Virginia Tech’s fauxback uniforms in any meaningful way until it hit me last night: do an orange alt. I haven’t decided whether I like it as of yet.
Thanks to all today’s tweakers. Back next weekend with more.
Parting Shots: OK, lads and lasses, that’s it for this weekend. Looks like we made it through the lull between the end of football and the start of baseball — which starts, by the way, on THURSDAY this week — WTF? Really, Bud? It’s bad enough the Reds no longer get to officially “open” the season on a Monday, as god intended, but now games start Thursday for some MLB for some teams, and Friday for the rest? Is nothing sacred anymore???
Isn’t the First Monday In April supposed to be a national holiday? Even when ESPN moved the season back by one evening, at least we could always count on a full slate of games on Monday, when everyone was undefeated, and all was once again right in the world. Who’s gonna play hooky on Friday to watch Opening Day? Just won’t be the same.
Have a great week everyone.
Every uni could be improved when you get into the fine details and the margins. Even the Yankees. …Except maybe the burgundy-era Phillies. — R. Scott Rogers