The Driver Suit Blog-Throwback Thursday-Kenny Irwin Jr.-1997

By David G. Firestone

The late Kenny Irwin Jr. races his Tonka Ford Thunderbird in 1997.

Where do I start with this car? Do I start with the upside-down fade on the door numbers? Do I start with the stripe at the bottom? Do I start with the ugly shades of red and yellow used? I don’t know where to start with this car. A simple red to yellow fade would have worked very well. The needless door number design looks horrid, and adds a color scheme on the bottom. Furthermore, that black and white stripe looks out of place, and it clashes with two logos, Autolite and Raybestos. As you can see, the vinyl wrap era had begun, and this is one of the casualties. Its a horrid look.


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