This design takes inspiration from the famous “9” GT40 P/1075 that won at Le Mans in 1968, entered by JW Automotive Engineering. This car also won the following year wearing the number 6.
Changes to the track were made for safety, the first since the track opened in 1932. Despite the new chicane in front of pit lane, this event still saw a lot of accidents. It was also notable for the boycott of the race by Ferrari.
Sponsorship liveries increasingly replaced racing cars painted in their country of origin from the 1960s. Since that time we have seen many striking examples such as Alitalia, Benetton, JPS, Jagermeister, Martini, Malboro and Silk Cut.
The Gulf Oil colours are probably the most well connected to motor racing, despite there being many different varieties of the blue and orange scheme.