Throwback Thursday-Dale Earnhardt 1982-1983

By David G. Firestone

I canceled Throwback Thursday last year. This was because of the format I was doing, listing all the throwback schemes for 2015, was too time consuming, and I would often forget to upload it if I was too busy. I didn’t want to do it, but circumstances forced me to. I also hated that it took place on the same day that my videos were uploaded.

As I began to think about this, it dawned on me that this isn’t how it should work. I don’t want to do modern interpretations of classic paint schemes. As I thought about this, I realized that I should do a true Throwback Thursday. As such, from here on out, every Thursday, I will upload a classic paint scheme, and describe it based on my current standard of paint scheme grading. This way, I can do Throwback Thursday, and have it work the way I want it to.

Our first example, is this Dale Earnhardt Sr. 1982-1983 Wrangler Jeans Ford Thunderbird

The scheme has a good color scheme, the yellow isn’t too bright, and the blue contrasts with it just enough, The design scheme works well too. The yellow running up the side, ending just after the door, with an indentation that matches the #1 is a good touch, and the yellow running up the roof to the rear window. I also like the JEANS MACHINE on the back bumper.

One thing I find that’s odd is that the contingency decals in the photo, there are two separate STP logos. I also love the old-school wheel rims with white letter GOODYEAR lettering on them. I also didn’t notice until just now that the roof number is upside down, making it look like it is 51. It’s still a good scheme, and the box-like design of the car works well here.


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