NASCAR Throwback Weekend is upon us once again, and that means watching dozens of old-school-looking paint schemes take on Darlington Raceway â this time, each car themed from the early â90s era. Itâs one of the coolest and most unique weekends of the year, but itâs also one that draws some of the most discourse on Twitter â 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 canât 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.
I carefully set a hot-take trap to gather only the most informed opinions â those, of course, come from the people who engage with me on Twitter, each of them terrific, beautiful specimens of people.
letâs hear those spicy throwback paint scheme takes
â Steve Luvender (@steveluvender) August 26, 2019
Letâs see which rules came out of the trap, shall we?
Number style is a must
Itâs not a true throwback if you didnât change your number font to match the car youâre throwing back to
â #23 Ryan Vargas (@The_Rhino23) August 26, 2019
Ryan Vargas says the mark of a good throwback is the willingness of a team to change its number font to match the car itâs mimicking.
â Joe Gibbs Racing (@JoeGibbsRacing) June 21, 2019
â CorvetteParts.net (@KeenParts) August 26, 2019
So cool @landoncassill with @StarcomRacing is running that scheme. Iâve always thought that was one of the prettiest cars out there and was my favorite scheme to run. Itâs great they teamed up with the @MichaelJFoxOrg as well. Giveâem Hell Landon! pic.twitter.com/5ImyXsj5P6
â Sterling Marlin (@SMR_114) August 27, 2019
And, sure, some teams have it easy in this regard â theyâre throwing it back to themselves.
â Team Penske (@Team_Penske) August 19, 2019
â Wood Brothers Racing (@woodbrothers21) July 18, 2019
Respect the colors
A common thread among those on Twitter (how rare!):
The colors have to match the throwback
â bread perez (@bradxperez) August 26, 2019
stop changing the colors of them
â garry lunselman (@larrygunselman) August 26, 2019
A true throwback has matching colors and number font.
â Chad Almond (@chadalmond10) August 26, 2019
If you change the colors of the throwback, itâs an entirely new, original paint scheme. A throwback to general shapes isnât enough.
â nascarman (@nascarman_rr) August 26, 2019
If youâre paying tribute to a paint scheme, respect its original colors, some say.
âFauxbacksâ are acceptable
Fauxbacks are fine
â Hester (@TheHestercution) August 26, 2019
Ah, yes, the fauxback â 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, weâve seen fewer and fewer fauxbacks hit the track over the years.
The closest weâve got to a fauxback this year is Kevin Harvickâs Busch Big Buck Hunter car.
No, a Big Buck Hunter car never raced in NASCAR in the early â90s â at least to our knowledge â but the sponsor harks back to a time where we loaded our quarters into the machine at the mall pizza-arcade.
â Stewart-Haas Racing (@StewartHaasRcng) August 26, 2019
Weâll allow it. Besides, the No. 4 team already raced one of the finest displays of early 1990s cars-manship weâve ever seen with its Generation X paint scheme at Pocono Raceway.
Reality is a constraint
why canât we throw back to the future
â Itâs Philâs Year! (@VeryFakePhil) August 26, 2019
We donât know what the future holds, but I say we give this one a shot next year: Letâs guess what NASCAR paint schemes will look like in the year 2050.
Throw it back, or else
Donât be a party pooper. Everybody else is dressing up. If you donât participate, bad things might happen.
Also: Throwback to last yearâs take: https://t.co/QTG9bDV8HJ
â Mike Raphael (@Mike_motorsport) August 26, 2019
Byrons DoT car just seems quiche
â Aaron Hall (@AkYankee8) August 26, 2019
Itâs true. William Byronâs throwback car does share some similarities with a quiche, defined by Googleâs auto-suggestion thing as âa baked flan or tart with a savory filling thickened with eggs.â
A throwback fit for @TomCruise! đ
â No. 24 Team (@Hendrick24Team) August 19, 2019
There are some color similarities between the two, at least.
Now do a silly one!
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it looks like there will be 30â50 throwback schemes
â Geoffrey Miller (@GeoffreyMiller) August 26, 2019
WHOA, partner. Calm down with this extreme hot take.
Throwbacks can only be ran on Thursdayâs we all know the rules.
â Mick Rose đșđž (@GoDucks42_Mick) August 26, 2019
Throwback Thursday is real.
â Spooks The Ghost Lad (@mearn) August 26, 2019
I suppose this is technically a correct response to the prompt.
Or âŠ too many rules?
Thereâs an angle I hadnât considered. Are we looking at this the wrong way?
People make too many arbitrary rules that classify a âthrowbackâ. Just be happy sponsors are willing to participate, because it can be a struggle.
â Jordan Erickson (@jce504) August 26, 2019
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 itâs sometime between 1990 and 1994.
Now, armed with knowledge and opinions, donât forget to cast your vote for the throwback paint scheme you think deserves the title Best in Show.