Following on from our post about olive drab cars earlier this week…it’s time to come clean on something.
WHAT?: Camouflage cars
WHY THE GUILT?: Let’s face it, it’s ridiculous to paint a car in camouflage schemes. Rather than blending into the background you stand out like a sore thumb. I’m also guilty of painting a Ford Escort in camo – based on an RE Amemiya/Star Dust Factory RX-7 I saw from Japan some years ago (probably knocking on 10 years now!). The bodyshop did a pretty good job, despite adding some touches I hated like a perspex bonnet vent and ‘bad boy’ bumper, and it got quite a bit of notoriety. Annoyingly, not long afterwards I saw the RE Amemiya car in the flesh at Yokohama…and realised it was done with vinyl and not paint. That would have been a whole lot easier!
Interestingly, since wraps have been a stable part of aftermarket tuning, camo cars have grown in popularity. I recall seeing an Audi or VW feature with one of the first camo wraps and everyone heaped praise upon it for being innovative. Hmm, they clearly forgot about the poor old Escort that preceded it by a good four or five years…and the RX-7 that preceded that. (pics of both can be seen below)
WHERE’S THE PLEASURE?: Let’s face it, it’s ridiculous to paint a car in camouflage schemes…but it’s still kind of awesome. Some of the wraps are awesome now and offer a whole load of potential to do something a bit different…with that huge safety net of being able to tear it off if you’re not digging it. They don’t always work, but when they do they’re a whole heap of military-inspired coolness.
Some people opt for a classic army scheme which looks brutal:
Others prefer to go for the sand vibe. The Lambo below is presumably a replica. The Audi below that shows what camo with a twist can be like:
Or there’s the urban camo, which probably seems most fitting for a street car. Loving the E46 M3’s big splashes of blacks and greys, it puts the graphics somewhere between camouflage and paint splatterings: