The division of Eliot Zborowski, as a rule quite accurate, was not perfect due to the number of represented countries and restrictions in reservation of colors. For example, a team from Great Britain who applied for the first time in 1902 and wanted to individualize their car, chose a light green olive tree that had nothing to do with the British national flag. All three colors represented on that flag - blue, red and white were, unfortunately, already occupied. In their debut, the British won and in accordance with the general principle, they were to organize the next edition of the Gordon-Bennett Cup. But due to the fact that car races were banned on British territory at that time, the rally of 1903 was organized in Ireland. The English, wanting to honor the hosts, repainted their car to dark green that was aimed to be associated with meadows and fields which were part of the rally route. This original shamrock green became darker along with subsequent editions of the race and after 1929, gained its well-known shade and name - British Racing Green. BRG is currently the most recognizable racing color in the world, next to the Italian red Rosso Corsa. But why, since red had already been reserved for the Americans?
In 1907, the Italians took advantage of the opportunity that the Americans had just repainted their rally cars to white with blue stripes and did the same with their own vehicles; they painted all their racers to red which had been American so far. Before World War II, this color was associated with Alfa Romeo, after the war, it would become an inseparable attribute of Ferrari. Despite the arrival of sponsors in the course of time, Ferrari racing cars remained red. Their bodywork featured advertising brands, which “looked good in red”. Until today, all Ferrari Formula 1 cars are Rosso Corsa.
It is not just the Americans and Italians who have changed their rally colors. The Germans went one step further: they decided that they did not need any of it! In 1900, Eliot Zborowski assigned white cars to German vehicles. It was somewhat a lucky shot - the Germans triumphed in the French Grand Prix in 1914, and in 1931 in Mille Miglia. But more or less during this last win, German engineers came to the conclusion that unpainted aluminum bodies are lighter. And so, they began to drive bare cars that sparkled in the sun. With multiple triumphs in such an entourage (including in the Mille Miglia), Mercedes cars went down in history as the Silver Arrow. To this day, silver - of course already painted - is the color of the new Mercedes and Formula 1 cars.
But not every Bentley or Aston Martin is dark green, not every Ferrari red, not every Mercedes silver and not every Bugatti blue. Rally versions have most often appeared in these, so characteristic, colors, though not all of them and not always ...