Retro F1 liveries. It's a passion thing.

Nostalgia in racing, especially F1, is a powerful thing.

What is it about nostalgia in motor racing? Passionate fans have such an emotional, almost visceral response to anything that reminds them of "the good old days" of racing. It seems every generation has its version of what those days were like.

Nobody can think of the #27 without thinking of Gilles Villeneuve. Or the the bright red and white Marlboro livery carried by so many star drivers at McLaren. Lotus became synonymous with the John Player Special scheme, arguably the most classic combination of colors ever in Formula One.

Retro F1 car - March 1991
Retro F1 car - March 1991

Photo by: Camille De Bastiani - CdeB DESIGN

To help you reminisce, check out these absolutely incredible retro liveries from Camille De Bastiani, who has painstakingly recreated famous (and not so famous) color schemes from days gone by, on a contemporary F1 car template.

If you're like us, this will blow your mind. We still can't agree on a favorite.

See them all:

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Gilles Villeneuve
Teams McLaren
Article type Commentary
Tags arrows, design, featured, ferrari, footwork, jaguar, ligier, liveries, livery, lola, lotus, mclaren, pacific, retro, simtek, stewart, tyrrell, williams