By David G. Firestone
So the 2021 Throwback Race at Darlington has come and gone. I’m going to do my usual throwback grades. Usually, the top pick will win the Paint Scheme Award for Best Throwback, but if something better comes along, it will take first place. We have a lot of season left. So, without further ado, my ranks:
I love a good, faithful throwback, and this is a good, faithful throwback. I miss Texaco as a sponsor, and this brings back memories. This gets an A.
This is another contender for the most faithful throwback I’ve ever seen. Everything is perfect here, even that stupid yellow stripe. A
This might be the most faithful throwback I have ever seen! I loved the old Zerex scheme, and this is a great look. A
I like a faithful throwback, and this is a great looking faithful throwback. It’s almost perfect, it’s just not on a Ford. A
This is a really good and faithful throwback, and I really like the throwback logos. A
6-Tyler Reddick #8 Quartz Hill Records Throwback Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2021, based on Marty Robbins’ #42 Dodge. A
Pink and yellow isn’t the best combination,but this is a pretty decent throwback, so I give this an A.
I liked the white version of the Goodwrench scheme, and this is pretty faithful. I will say the black and silver one was better though. A
Often imitated, the Bill Elliott Coors scheme is a great one, and this might be the best and most faithful one yet. A
It’s a faithful throwback, and I like the old Jasper schemes, so this gets an A.
A unique and very faithful throwback will ALWAYS earn an A.
I never got to see the Hardee’s scheme on track, but it was original. This is an awesome and faithful throwback, and it gets an A.
This is a great throwback, and I like it. This is amazing, and gets an A.
You can’t go wrong with a Wendell Scott throwback, and this is another example. I also like the throwback Dr. Pepper and McDonald’s logos. A
I liked the RCA Ford back in the day, and this is a very faithful replica. A
It’s a solid scheme, is very faithful, and looks really good. A
This is a great throwback! I love the look the car has, and it’s smooth. A
A.J. had some great schemes in NASCAR, and this is one of them. This is a great look, and it gets an A.
This was an awesome scheme back in the day. Silver and red work well when done right. This is also a faithful throwback, so this gets an A.
It’s a nice throwback, very faithful and it looks great. A
I like the look here. The Velveeta as flames works, and the throwback is pretty faithful, so this gets an A.
This is an amazing scheme! It has a great look, and color scheme, so it gets an A.
I like the look, and it’s a great throwback. A
Not a full throwback, but a good look. The fade works well, and this is amazing. A
24-Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s 80s Anniversary Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2021, much more toned down. A
I like this scheme a lot more, as it’s smoother, and I really like the plain black numbers. A
25-Martin Truex Jr. #19 Auto Owner’s Insurance Throwback Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2021, black. A
A smooth look, with a great color scheme will always earn an A.
It’s faithful, and it’s well done, so I’ll give it an A.
The fact that the white square is missing takes away from the scheme as a whole. It isn’t as faithful, and, as such, will get an A-.
29This was a mediocre scheme to begin with, but the dimensions here just look odd. But it is faithful, so I’ll give it a B.
I’m going to knock this one down because I hated the original. I loved the classic black Winn-Dixie scheme, but the flames one is awful. Still, it’s a faithful throwback, so I’ll give it a B.
It’s a good attempt, but the incorrect and rather gaudy colors take away from what could have been an amazing throwback. This gets a B.
32-Daniel Suarez #99 Camping World Throwback Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2021, vintage design to celebrate Camping World’s 55th anniversary. B
This is one that, while it looks good, I don’t get. It’s clearly inspired by 1969-1970’s designs, but if it is there to commemorate Camping World’s 55th anniversary, it should look like it is from 1966. It’s not bad, I just don’t get it, so I’ll give it a B.
This is kinda odd looking, especially since I wasn’t able to find an image of the car itself. Still, it isn’t bad, so I’ll give it a B.