A designers eye view
I spent yesterday at the Kop Hill Climb, just outside Princes Risbourgh in Buckinghamshire. It is one of the oldest hill climb races in England with the first races recorded in 1910. Following it’s revival in 2009 the event has gone from strength to strength and for car enthusiasts, admirers and racers it’s a brilliant day out.
The paddock is full to bursting with gorgeous cars and motorbikes from the earliest days of motoring, including some steam powered cars, to brand new supercars from Ferrari and Lamborghini. As they go tearing up the hill in chronological order you get a real feel for the progression of technology and performance. When I wasn’t drooling over V8s and Pininfarina styling or imagining how good I would look in a Jaguar D Type, I was distracted by the badges on the cars. From manufacturers, models and race pedigree it seems to me that there is a treasure trove of graphic design lurking on the bonnets and rear ends of many classic cars.
Here are just a few of my favourites from the weekend.