What Is British Racing Green? A Brief History of the U.K.’s Most Competitive Pigment

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What Is British Racing Green? A Brief History of the U.K.’s Most Competitive Pigment

For even the most casual of motorsports fans, British Racing Green has always been a part of the automotive color wheel. In fact, BRG (as it is also known) has exploded from its pit lane beginnings nearly a century ago, jumping from racing cars to street rides, often appearing in dealerships run by brands with no ties to its European origins.

What makes British Racing Green such a popular choice, especially for sports cars? In today’s world where most cars and trucks are sold in shades of silver, gray, white, and black, choosing an actual color for your paint job is very nearly a revolutionary act. It’s no surprise, then, that BRG’s unique mix of high performance and heritage have seen it become the most famous shade of green in a sea of pretenders—or that its own past is one that speaks of rebellion in the name of glorious speed.

In the early 1900s if you were a race car driver and you happened to be English, you were out of work. The U.K. in that era had placed a blanket ban on racing, a decision that threatened the careers of an entire generation of early gearheads obsessed with newfangled automobiles and their promise of greater thrills than the now-antiquated horse.

For the full story, check out this article from Motor Trend.

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