To the uninitiated, the famous light blue, dark blue and red colours of Martini Racing look like go-faster stripes. Attractive go-faster stripes; but go-faster stripes nonetheless. To those with a passion for Porsche and for motor sport, the colours of Martini Racing signify something much greater indeed.
Now, to commemorate the evocative relationship between Porsche and Martini Racing, Porsche Design Drivers' Selection has created a range of clothing, accessories and model cars that reflect the dramatic style and stunning performance of the renowned racing cars from the 1960s and 1970s. Available from 34 Porsche Centres in the UK and Ireland, and also on-line, the Porsche Design Drivers' Selection Martini Racing Collection has broad appeal to both the Porsche enthusiast and motor sport fan.
This extensive range features a pair of irresistible models of the dramatic Martini Racing Porsche 911 Turbo RSR and the 917L 'hippy' Le Mans car. The RSR model is particularly impressive; at 1:18 scale the reproduction perfectly recreates the RSR's extravagant rear wing, deep front spoiler and, of course, its Martini Racing colours.
Also featured in the Porsche Martini Racing Collection are a number of items of clothing subtly enhanced by the Martini Racing legend and the legendary colours. For the aeronautically-minded there's a nappa lambskin leather jacket and pair of polycarbonate aviator sunglasses, and for the sun-worshipper there's a Martini Racing beach towel and board shorts! However, arguably the highlight of the range is the classic grey t-shirt featuring a 'wraparound' Martini Racing stripe and Porsche script.
Uniquely, the web site offers a lot more than a mere static review of the merchandise. In keeping with the evocative nature of the topic, there is a diverse selection of classic Martini Racing and Porsche motor sport images that are available for download, sourced exclusively from the Porsche Archive in Stuttgart, Germany.
There are also a variety of video movie clips - that can also be downloaded - which clearly demonstrate the power, and striking graphic liveries, of these iconic race cars in their heyday.
The themes within the Porsche Design Drivers' Selection span much more than motor sport, however. As well as the Classic, 911 and Swarovski Collections, winter sports enthusiasts will be intrigued by the aluminium sledge, which has been styled by Porsche Design to traverse the slopes with the speed and agility of a Porsche sports car. A matching woollen hat and scarf make the perfect seasonal accessory.Published 1 December 2008