French Racing Blue.
From the early 1900s until the advent of sponsor advertising, each country had its racing colors. England was British Racing Green, France light blue, Germany silver, Italy red, USA white, Belgium yellow, etc.
Interesting story behind the BRG:
When Selwyn Edge won the Gordon Bennett race to Innsbrusk in 1902, it became Great Britain’s honour to host the 1903 event. Racing was banned in England at the time so, while a special Bill was progressing through Parliament to allow the race to be run in Ireland, Elliott and Selwyn Edge made a second trip to Ireland to set out a course for the event. Elliott proposed that British entrants should be painted green to honour Ireland for allowing the event to take place there. British Racing Green became the country’s colour thereafter.
I’m advertising this for a friend who doesn’t have email. I have been told that it runs reel good-like and handles like a dreem. slight scuffing on the driver’s seat, but apart from that a reel goer…
Has been lowered at the front and back professionally.
No time wasters…
Caractacus Potts rose to the restoration challenge and from this wreckage built his flying car, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Count Zborowski was the source of inspiration for Ian Fleming’s children’s book and subsequent film, produced by James Bond supremo Cubby Broccoli.
The father, Eliot (1856-1903) from New Jersey was the one that is credited with the idea of national racing colors, and died when he crashed his Mercedes on the La Turbie hillclimb.
The son, Louis (1895-1924) was the one that created four aero-engined racing cars, each being called Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the fourth later known as Babs, in which Parry-Thomas was killed. Louis inherited a huge part of the Astor fortune from his mother, and was killed when he ran a Mercedes into a tree at Monza.
Fleming as a boy saw Louis race at Brooklands.
The original spelling of their name was Zabriskie, and there is no record of their having any right to use the title Count.
Here is Louis in one of the Chittys with a 23 liter Maybach engine.
At least HE assumed the title of count and changed the spelling of his name from Zabriskie to Zborowski, and apparently nobody questioned it. It was a good way to snag an American heiress who wanted to be a countess.
It would be like me claiming to be a prince because like all Reillys I’m descended from Rahealleagh Prince of East Breffny in Ireland. Come to think of it, I married an American heiress.
Its only a silly juvenile (although i am not the latter) comment Rob.
If you have any English friends perhaps they will explain.
Just keeping it light, gets a bit heavy on this site sometimes but
What do you pick electric?