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Throwback Thursday-Mark Martin-1986

By David G. Firestone

Lone Star Peterbilt sponsored Mark Martin in the 1986 Daytona 500, which he drove this Ford Thunderbird.

The color scheme is good, blue and white rarely don’t work well with each other. The gold door numbers are good too. Metallic gold is an underused color for race cars in my book. I do like the design of using the aspects of the hood in a color coded manner. Wrapping the blue around the C-post and covering the back of the car is a decent look.

I will say that I don’t like the fact that the blue stops short of the front wheel well. It doesn’t continue to the front of the car either. That, to me, looks like laziness. It looks like whoever was designing just got to the front wheel and said “that looks good enough.” It just isn’t a good look, and takes away from a good scheme.  Also, why is Mark Martin’s name in quotes?


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