One of the keys to vintage racing is that each car must be restored to its original race livery. This Z car ran with two separate style liveries in the late 70's, but both under the sponsorship of VIP'S Restaurant. VIP's restaurant was the largest restaurant chain based in Oregon and operated from 1968 until the late 1980s. The main colors were brownish maroon and off-white yellow.
The livery from 1977 to early 1979 was a BRE-esque livery. It was very classy and would likely be preferred for most conservative vintage race clubs today. It is traditional, yet sharp. The car bared this livery when competing against the likes of Newman, Fitzgerald, Leary, Blackburn, Mollet, Parkinson, at the 1978 Champion Spark Plug Road Racing Classic at Road Atlanta.
We can see from other angles that VIP'S was not the sole sponsorship. Vey's Realty had a stand-out presence on the front hood and rear wing, while Curt's Total Service Texaco occupied real estate on the back lower panel
The later livery of 1979 was certainly more standout, flashing a disco-like VIP'S font across both sides of the car. Loren's famous number 39 was also moved from the doors to the rear quarters. This is by far my favorite livery as I feel it flows with the Z car likes very well. This livery would likely have a dominating presence at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion.
This livery is just mega. I am leaning towards this paint scheme just because the shear presence it gives out. It would also be more recognizable at race tracks!
What do you all think? Which livery would turn more heads?