From: Rocky Entriken <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Mark Sirota <email@example.com>; Madurski, Ronald M.
Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2001 12:05 PM
Subject: Re: Paint colors and numbers
>From: Mark Sirota <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>To: Madurski, Ronald M. <RONALD.M.MADURSKI@saic.com>
>Cc: Rocky Entriken <email@example.com>
>Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2001 9:52 AM
>Subject: Re: Paint colors and numbers
>>"Madurski, Ronald M." wrote:
>>> Any of you old timers have a copy of a message that covered car
>>> color and number color? I think it was written by Peter Raymond.
>>> It went into great detail on which number colors would show up
>>> best on which car colors, and also what didn't work very well.
>>I can't find anything in my e-mail archives, but there was an
>>excellent article written for SportsCar a few years back by our own
>>Rocky Entriken. Rocky?
>January 1997, Pages 26-28 (that was the first issue of the "big format").
>Not my article, actually, although I did write a sidebar and did some
>editing. Terry Scott Reed wrote a piece on race car graphics, and Peter
>Raymond did the one Mark is thinking of, explaining how color works to
>create true contrast.
>I've done similar articles in SportsCar at least twice before (going back
>the '70s), but Peter introduced a concept not only new to me, but which
>explained my own number problem at Heartland Park one time. "Luminosity."
>Or, how bright the number is against its background. On an overcast and
>dingy day at Heartland Park my yellow number on my blue car became
>indistinct. My fix? I did not outline it. I did not change the color. I
>merely laid strips of yellow Scotch Plastic Tape right over the yellow
>numerals. Thing is, the numbers were made of matte finish contact paper.
>tape was a much brighter shade of yellow and made the number snap out of
>background. I increased the luminosity.
>Basic rule: light against dark. Not as easy as it sounds. Avoid red on
>black. Despite what most people think, red is NOT a bright color. White on
>yellow is not too good either.
>Also: a number is not an artistic statement, it is an identifier. It's sole
>purpose is so people can see you and know who you are (think timing &
>scoring). Not to say it cannot be stylish, but foremost make it clear,
>unambiguous, easy to read at speed and from a distance. What looks good in
>the driveway may be illegible at 60 mph on the far end of the lot. Bigger
>better. The rulebook dimensions are a minimum. If you have the space, make