Thursday, 19 September 2019

Rules to throwback paint schemes, according to Twitter – NASCAR

Rules to throwback paint schemes, according to Twitter – NASCAR
27 Aug

NASCAR Throwback Weekend is upon us once again, and that means watching dozens of old-school-looking paint schemes take on Darlington Raceway – this time, each car themed from the early ‘90s era. It’s one of the coolest and most unique weekends of the year, but it’s also one that draws some of the most discourse on Twitter – particularly when it comes to which paint schemes are best.

The teams this year have done an excellent job of designing their throwback paint schemes. And since we can’t award a tie for all the cars as the coolest designs, this year I decided to form my opinion by listening to people on Twitter.

RELATED: Every 2019 throwback paint scheme for Darlington

I carefully set a hot-take trap to gather only the most informed opinions – those, of course, come from the people who engage with me on Twitter, each of them terrific, beautiful specimens of people.

Let’s see which rules came out of the trap, shall we?

Number style is a must

Ryan Vargas says the mark of a good throwback is the willingness of a team to change its number font to match the car it’s mimicking.

And, sure, some teams have it easy in this regard – they’re throwing it back to themselves.

Respect the colors

A common thread among those on Twitter (how rare!):

If you’re paying tribute to a paint scheme, respect its original colors, some say.

“Fauxbacks” are acceptable

Ah, yes, the fauxback – or a fake throwback car based only off period-correct design elements and not so much one car in particular. Once a staple of NASCAR Throwback Weekend, we’ve seen fewer and fewer fauxbacks hit the track over the years.

The closest we’ve got to a fauxback this year is Kevin Harvick’s Busch Big Buck Hunter car.

No, a Big Buck Hunter car never raced in NASCAR in the early ‘90s – at least to our knowledge – but the sponsor harks back to a time where we loaded our quarters into the machine at the mall pizza-arcade.

We’ll allow it. Besides, the No. 4 team already raced one of the finest displays of early 1990s cars-manship we’ve ever seen with its Generation X paint scheme at Pocono Raceway.

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Reality is a constraint

We don’t know what the future holds, but I say we give this one a shot next year: Let’s guess what NASCAR paint schemes will look like in the year 2050.

Throw it back, or else

Don’t be a party pooper. Everybody else is dressing up. If you don’t participate, bad things might happen.

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Mmm, tasty!

It’s true. William Byron’s throwback car does share some similarities with a quiche, defined by Google’s auto-suggestion thing as “a baked flan or tart with a savory filling thickened with eggs.”

Wikimedia Commons image
Wikimedia Commons image

There are some color similarities between the two, at least.

Now do a silly one!

Sometimes tweets elicit responses that are fun. These are the best types of tweets online.

WHOA, partner. Calm down with this extreme hot take.

Throwback Thursday is real.

I suppose this is technically a correct response to the prompt.

Or … too many rules?

There’s an angle I hadn’t considered. Are we looking at this the wrong way?

Have we wasted our time with this entire discussion? Should we just be happy to have sponsor participation instead of arguing over the nuances of what makes a good throwback?

Maybe we should just sit back and enjoy the show and party like it’s sometime between 1990 and 1994.

Now, armed with knowledge and opinions, don’t forget to cast your vote for the throwback paint scheme you think deserves the title Best in Show.



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