Liveries: John Player Special

Posted by Rory

Here we are, probably my favorite livery from the heyday of Formula 1: John Player Special. As Lotus’s title sponsor for much of the 70’s and 80’s, these beautiful black and gold machines spent alot of time in the winners circle. Emerson Fittipaldi, Jochen Rindt, Mario Andretti, and Ayrton Senna, to name a few, all drove JPS sponsored Lotus machines.

JPS was also active in touring cars and motorcycle racing, the black & gold scheme so iconic that many manufacturer’s road-going variants usually had a complimentary paint option – albiet without the lucrative cigarette advertisements.

The colors have proved so nostalgic that Lotus has donned them once again (without any association to the extinct cigarette brand) in their Formula 1 and Le Mans prototype cars, and I must say that it’s a hero’s return for most.

What I’m really looking forward to is checking out the Historic GP at this year’s inaugural F1 race in Austin, a little birdie told me that Mario’s old Lotus 79 will be buzzing around the new track.

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Owen says:

August 14, 2012 at 8:52 pm

I don’t believe I was into Forumla 1 when Lotus dawned the John Player’s colours. I grew up watching a lot of F1 during the Schumacher, Hill, and Villeneuve era because of Villeneuve being Canadian and all.

I really dig the research and examination you do here, Rory. The retrospective is inspiring.


Rory says:

August 18, 2012 at 1:53 pm

No you don’t.

But honestly, i know a guy who sells original Coopers for around $7,000. Which is around 4 months of my salary.


RadAlex says:

August 18, 2012 at 3:13 pm

To do what this guy dreamed up would require at least 4 to 5 times that amount. Given the quality of his modeling, texture-mapping, lighting skills, I have a feeling he won’t have any trouble earning enough to build this little beast one of these days.