The Driver Suit Blog-Throwback Thursday-1973 California Flash Butch Leal Plymouth Duster

1973 California Flash Butch Leal Plymouth Duster

hailing from Tulare, California, Butch Leal raced the California Flash, both as a driver and an owner. This example is a 1973 Duster. Red and white works as a color scheme, and the split down the center, with red with white stripes on the bottom, and white with red on the top is a good look. Add in the fact that the vintage lettering and logos look great too. Nothing wrong here! A

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The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Tracker-January 30, 2018

By David G. Firestone

STAR COM RACING #00

Landon Cassill #00 StarCom Fiber Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019, Yellow, white, black and silver with numerous stripes and designs on sides. D+

CHIP GANASSI RACING #1

Kurt Busch #1 Monster Energy Chevy CamaroNo change. A

TEAM PENSKE #2

Brad Keselowski #2 Miller Lite Ford MustangNo change. A

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #3

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019, black with red, white, and silver wave pattern. B+

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Gold Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2019, gold with black and red stripe on bottom. A

Austin Dillon #3 AAA Chevy CamaroNo change. A

Austin Dillon #3 American Ethanol Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019, black has been removed entierly, white roof, light and dark green waves across sides. A

STEWART-HAAS RACING #4

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Ford MustangNo change. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Jimmy Johns Ford MustangNew scheme for 2018, similar to 2018 scheme, but with added stripes on sides. A-

Kevin Harvick #4 Mobil 1 Ford FusionNew scheme for 2019, black with gray flames. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, green sides, white hood and roof, curve designs on sides. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Light Ford MustangNo change. A

ROUSH-FENWAY RACING #6

Ryan Newman #6 Oscar Meyer Ford FusionNew scheme for 2019, orange with hot dog motif across whole car. A

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #8

Daniel Hemric #8 Bass Pro Shops/CAT Gold Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, same as #3 gold. A

Daniel Hemric #8 Liberty National Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019, much more toned down. A

Daniel Hemric #8 Caterpillar Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019, yellow front, fades to honeycomb on black rear. A

Daniel Hemric #8 ALSCO Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, white with light green on sides and hood. B+

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #9

Chase Elliott #9 NAPA Chevy CamaroNo change. B+

Chase Elliott #9 Mountain Dew Chevy CamaroNo change. A

STEWART-HAAS RACING #10

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Foods Ford MustangNew scheme for 2019, slash patterns have been expanded. A

JOE GIBBS RACING #11

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2019, white with orange and blue designs on sides. B+

TEAM PENSKE #12

Ryan Blaney #12 PPG Ford MustangNo change. A

GERMAIN RACING #13

Ty Dillon #13 Twisted Tea Chevy CamaroNo change. A

STEWART-HAAS RACING #14

Clint Bowyer #14 Peak Ford MustangNew sponsor for 2019, black, and blue with curve elements. C

Clint Bowyer #14 Blue Def Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2018, same as 2019 Peak, but white replaces black. C

Clint Bowyer #14 Rush’s Truck Stops Ford MustangNo change. A

ROUSH-FENWAY RACING #17

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Fifth-Third Bank Ford MustangNo change. B-

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Fastenal Ford MustangNew scheme for 2019, black added to sides, along with hourglass design. B-

JOE GIBBS RACING #18

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s Toyota CamryNo change. A

Kyle Busch #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota CamryNo change. F

JOE GIBBS RACING #19

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota CamryNo change. C-

JOE GIBBS RACING #20

Erik Jones #20 Craftsman Toyota CamryNo change. A

Erik Jones #20 DeWalt Toyota CamryNo change. A

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #24

William Byron #24 Axalta Chevy CamaroNo change. A

William Byron #24 UniFirst Chevy CamaroNo change. B-.

William Byron #24 Liberty University Chevy CamaroNo change. A

William Byron #24 Hertz Chevy CamaroNo change. A

GO FAS RACING #32

Corey Lajoie #32 Keen Parts/Corvette Parts Ford MustangNew scheme for 2019, black with red and silver stripes on sides. B-

Corey LaJoie #32 Schluter Systems Ford MustangNew scheme for 2019, orange with black designs. A

JTG DAUGHERTY RACING #37

Chris Buescher #37 Kleenex Wet Wipes Chevy CamaroNo change. B+

CHIP GANASSI RACING #40

Jamie McMurray #40 McDonald’s/Cessna Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019, toned down version of 2018 scheme. A

Jamie McMurray #40 Advent Health Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, green, blue, pink, and silver with cutting edge design on sides. F

STEWART-HAAS RACING #41

Daniel Suarez #41 Haas Automotion Ford MustangNew scheme for 2019, red front, black camo rear. F

CHIP GANASSI RACING #42

Kyle Larson #42 Credit One Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019, redesign of the 2018 scheme. A

RICHARD PETTY MOTORSPORTS #43

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Air Force Chevy CamaroNo change. A

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Plan B Sales Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019,dark blue, Petty blue, silver, and white with designs on sides. F

JTG DAUGHERTY RACING #47

Ryan Preece #47 Kroger Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, patriotic motif across whole car. A

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #48

Jimmie Johnson #48 Ally Financial Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, black with blue designs on wheel well. A

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #88

Alex Bowman #88 LLumar Window Film Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019, white front and top, orange and red rear, wave pattern in between. C

Alex Bowman #88 Valvoline Chevy CamaroNo change. A

Alex Bowman #88 Nationwide Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019, blue hood and roof, white side, blue stripe across bottom. A

LEAVINE FAMILY RACING #95

Matt DiBenedetto #95 Procore Chevy Toyota CamryNo change. F

Matt DiBenedetto #95 Dumont Jets Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2019, some slight changes from 2018. B-

The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-January 26, 2019

By David G. Firestone

Daniel Hemric #8 ALSCO Chevy Camaro-White and light green can work quite well, when there is a decent amount of dark green added. In this case, there needs to be more dark green. It’s not terrible, but there needs to be more dark green. All things considered, I give it a B.

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s Toyota Camry-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Kyle Busch #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry-Same scheme as last year, same F grade.

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota Camry-Same scheme as last year, same C- grade.

Erik Jones #20 DeWalt Toyota Camry-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Jamie McMurray #40 McDonald’s/Cessna Chevy Camaro-I loved the McDonald’s/Cessna scheme from last year, and this toned down version is even better! This is a great scheme, and I can’t give this anything less than an A.

Kyle Larson #42 Credit One Chevy CamaroIt’s a re-imagining of a great scheme, and the results look quite good, and I give it an A

The Driver Suit Blog-Wheel Reviews-Ferrari: Race to Immortality

By David G. Firestone

Directed by Daryl Goodrich, Ferrari Race to Immortality is a telling of the history of Ferrari.

The opening sequence is a series of unidentified voice overs, placed over vintage Ferrari footage. This footage does get quite gruesome. There is a music track that works perfectly here. After about 5 minutes, the title card pops up and the movie starts.

Enzo’s early life, including the death of his father is discussed. What follows is a series of amazing racing footage, with some modern replications of what happened in car. The scene shifts to a discussion of racing talent in the aftermath of World War II. The story of two drivers, Mike Hawthorn and Peter Collins. Hawthorn was described as “beer drinking”, and “one of the guys.” Collins was described as “a boy’s own character of what a racing driver should be.” Ferrari took a liking to the two British drivers.

The movie tells the story of Ferrari in a year-by-year, discussing the drivers, and significant races. The historical perspective shifts to LeMans in 1955. Hawthorn’s father had died, and he left Ferrari to race in sports car racing. The moments leading up to the legendary crash are discussed. Lance Macklin discusses the moment of impact, and the graphic footage of the crash and aftermath is shown. Much of this footage is graphic, and horrific. The race is resumed, and Hawthorn’s team wins, but his post race actions vilified him in the media.

The Peter Collins story picks up in 1956, where a point is made that Ferrari didn’t understand how to deal with drivers on an individual level, especially their style. Peter became close with Enzo’s son Dino, who was dying from muscular dystrophy. Dino’s death was hard on Enzo.

The story of Peter Collins giving up his seat so that Juan Manuel Fangio won the 1956 Formula 1 World Championship is told. Peter said that he was young, and he’d win another world championship soon. Ferarri was touched by such loyalty and selflessness.

The Ferrari style of pitting the drivers against each other is discussed. Ferrari said that the best driver last Sunday would be the #1 driver for the next race. The addition of a fifth driver for four cars added another layer of depth to this rivalry. This led to a decent turn around of drivers.

Enzo’s competitive spirit lead to the death of Eugenio Castellotti and Alfonso de Portago, who was testing at Autodromo di Modena. Maserati’s team held the lap record, Enzo wanted Ferrari to hold the lap record, and Castellotti was forced to attempt, and was killed. Alfonso de Portago was killed later in 1957 at the Mille Miglia. This led to a manslaughter charge, though this was ultimately dismissed.

1958 starts out at LeMans. The relationship between Hawthorn and Collins was such that the two were closer than a team owner would have liked. This was even more detrimental to Luigi Musso, who was the low man on the totem pole. He was in deep financial stress by the time the 1958 French Grand Prix. He was killed during a wreck at that race.

The safety standards, or lack thereof, are discussed as well. Drivers didn’t want to wear seat belts because they would be thrown from the car, as opposed to be trapped and crushed, or burned alive. This would affect Ferrari again at the German Grand Prix, when Peter Collins was killed.

Ferrari was devastated, with Enzo Ferrari wanting to quit all together. Mike Hawthorn had a meeting with Enzo Ferrari and said that he wanted to drive the rest of the season, and he would prefer to drive for Ferrari. So Ferrari decided to finish the season with Hawthorn behind the wheel.

The 1958 season ended in Moroccan Grand Prix in Casablanca, where, with a second place finish, Mike Hawthorn won the championship. Enzo Ferrari was relieved to win the championship, but was furious at Hawthorn since Hawthorn had decided to retire from racing. It was worse for Hawthorn, because Stuart Lewis-Evans had been seriously burned in a wreck. Hawthorn announced his retirement, but wouldn’t live to enjoy it, dying in a car wreck on a highway in Britain a few months later.

Oddly, after the sequence surrounding Hawthorn’s death, the movie ends. Enzo’s reaction to Hawthorn’s death is never mentioned. How the team recovered, how the team fared in the later years is never mentioned. The movie just ends.

I also have to make this point. I get that this movie is about the drivers. However, the various designs of cars and equipment are never mentioned. This might not have been such an issue, had almost all of the drivers not died in races. Certain aspects of the car are discussed, but not extensively enough.

For this movie, I’m going to give an B+. The overall story is great. It’s produced very well. The music works well. But there are problems. The fact that the movie just randomly ends after Mike Hawthorn’s death, without any real discussion on what happens next is a big issue here. The fact that the cars are barely discussed annoys me too. But all in all, it’s a great movie.

Next week, a video Friday Feature.

The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Tracker-January 23, 2019

By David G. Firestone

STAR COM RACING #00

Landon Cassill #00 StarCom Fiber Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019, Yellow, white, black and silver with numerous stripes and designs on sides. D+

CHIP GANASSI RACING #1

Kurt Busch #1 Monster Energy Chevy CamaroNo change. A

TEAM PENSKE #2

Brad Keselowski #2 Miller Lite Ford MustangNo change. A

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #3

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019, black with red, white, and silver wave pattern. B+

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Gold Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2019, gold with black and red stripe on bottom. A

Austin Dillon #3 AAA Chevy CamaroNo change. A

Austin Dillon #3 American Ethanol Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019, black has been removed entierly, white roof, light and dark green waves across sides. A

STEWART-HAAS RACING #4

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Ford MustangNo change. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Jimmy Johns Ford MustangNew scheme for 2018, similar to 2018 scheme, but with added stripes on sides. A-

Kevin Harvick #4 Mobil 1 Ford FusionNew scheme for 2019, black with gray flames. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, green sides, white hood and roof, curve designs on sides. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Light Ford MustangNo change. A

ROUSH-FENWAY RACING #6

Ryan Newman #6 Oscar Meyer Ford FusionNew scheme for 2019, orange with hot dog motif across whole car. A

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #8

Daniel Hemric #8 Bass Pro Shops/CAT Gold Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, same as #3 gold. A

Daniel Hemric #8 Liberty National Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019, much more toned down. A

Daniel Hemric #8 Caterpillar Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019, yellow front, fades to honeycomb on black rear. A

Daniel Hemric #8 ALSCO Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, white with light green on sides and hood. B+

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #9

Chase Elliott #9 NAPA Chevy CamaroNo change. B+

Chase Elliott #9 Mountain Dew Chevy CamaroNo change. A

STEWART-HAAS RACING #10

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Foods Ford MustangNew scheme for 2019, slash patterns have been expanded. A

TEAM PENSKE #12

Ryan Blaney #12 PPG Ford MustangNo change. A

GERMAIN RACING #13

Ty Dillon #13 Twisted Tea Chevy CamaroNo change. A

STEWART-HAAS RACING #14

Clint Bowyer #14 Peak Ford MustangNew sponsor for 2019, black, and blue with curve elements. C

Clint Bowyer #14 Blue Def Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2018, same as 2019 Peak, but white replaces black. C

Clint Bowyer #14 Rush’s Truck Stops Ford MustangNo change. A

ROUSH-FENWAY RACING #17

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Fifth-Third Bank Ford MustangNo change. B-

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Fastenal Ford MustangNew scheme for 2019, black added to sides, along with hourglass design. B-

JOE GIBBS RACING #18

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s Toyota CamryNo change. A

Kyle Busch #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota CamryNo change. F

JOE GIBBS RACING #19

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota CamryNo change. C-

JOE GIBBS RACING #20

Erik Jones #20 Craftsman Toyota CamryNo change. A

Erik Jones #20 DeWalt Toyota CamryNo change. A

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #24

William Byron #24 Axalta Chevy CamaroNo change. A

William Byron #24 UniFirst Chevy CamaroNo change. B-.

William Byron #24 Liberty University Chevy CamaroNo change. A

William Byron #24 Hertz Chevy CamaroNo change. A

GO FAS RACING #32

Corey Lajoie #32 Keen Parts/Corvette Parts Ford MustangNew scheme for 2019, black with red and silver stripes on sides. B-

Corey LaJoie #32 Schluter Systems Ford MustangNew scheme for 2019, orange with black designs. A

CHIP GANASSI RACING #40

Jamie McMurray #40 McDonald’s/Cessna Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019, toned down version of 2018 scheme. A

CHIP GANASSI RACING #42

Kyle Larson #42 Credit One Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019, redesign of the 2018 scheme. A

RICHARD PETTY MOTORSPORTS #43

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Air Force Chevy CamaroNo change. A

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #48

Jimmie Johnson #48 Ally Financial Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, black with blue designs on wheel well. A

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #88

Alex Bowman #88 LLumar Window Film Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019, white front and top, orange and red rear, wave pattern in between. C

Alex Bowman #88 Valvoline Chevy CamaroNo change. A

Alex Bowman #88 Nationwide Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019, blue hood and roof, white side, blue stripe across bottom. A

LEAVINE FAMILY RACING #95

Matt DiBenedetto #95 Procore Chevy Toyota CamryNo change. F

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The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-January 19, 2019

By David G. Firestone

Austin Dillon #3 American Ethanol Chevy Camaro-Getting rid of the black is a great move, and the new design works well with the color scheme. All things considered, this gets an A.

Ryan Newman #6 Oscar Meyer Ford Fusion-The color scheme works well, and the hot dog motif works well with the color scheme. I’ll give this an A.

Daniel Hemric #8 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevy Camaro-The new design scheme is decent, though I think it is over done. The color scheme is decent, though it does work with the design scheme. It’s not great, but it’s decent, so it gets a B.

Ty Dillon #13 Twisted Tea Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Erik Jones #20 Craftsman Toyota Camry-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Jimmie Johnson #48 Ally Financial Chevy Camaro-I like the designs on the wheel well, and the overall design is great, and not over designed. Add in a great color scheme, and you have an A scheme.