Orange and Blue

Jun 06, 2012
Author: Daniel Tomicic
Photos: Daniele Madia
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Orange and blue is one the most famous racing livery ever. For a price of standard sponsorship package, Gulf Oil Company accidentally gains immortality in petrolhead world. Racing team formed by John Wyer and John Willment (J.W. Automotive), raced successfully through 1968 with Ford GT40, but when it became obsolete in 1969, JWA switched to Porsche 917 continuing winning row. It was JWA who helped Porsche to redesign tail into wedge shaped Kurzheck in 1970.

Gulf painted 917 even won Le Mans with Steve McQueen behind the wheel, but only in a 1971 movie. With so many legends connected with Gulf orange and blue, it is no surprise that it became bigger than life. Petrolheads that spent past two weekends in Milano surrounding had rare opportunity to enjoy Porsche 917K at Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este and Ford GT40 at Coppa Intereuropa. While 917K was gently polished and carefully manoeuvred between park sculptures, GT40 was pushed to the limit on Monza circuit. We are bringing to you these two different cars used in different ways through eyes of one photographer – Daniele Madia. What one do you prefer?


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