Jacques Villeneuve 1999 BAR "Zipper" Formula One Authentic Front Nose & Wing Assembly (Montreal)
This is the actual authentic nose and front wing assembly taken from Jacques Villeneuve's British American Racing BAR01 Supertec Formula One Car in Montreal at the Canadian GP. Retired after this race.
The "Zipper" livery was one of the most controversial paint schemes to ever appear on a Formula One car, and with subsequent Formula One rule changes, probably the last.
The newly created BAR racing team initially wanted two separate sponsors appearing on their race cars (Tobacco brands 555 and Lucky Strike), however Formula One rules stipulate that both team cars are to appear the same. The principals at BAR challenged these (in their minds) antiquated rules in court and after long drawn out litigation, lost their battle. This was not to be the end of their quest, as they showed up at the the first race of the season with two identically livered cars, with a twist. On one side of each car was a blue an yellow paint scheme along with the 555 livery... the other side was white and red featuring Lucky Strike livery. Once again, the Formula One people were not happy as the cars appeared different depending on the profile being viewed. Once again, the litigation continued, this time in favour of the BAR racing team.
At season's end, the rule was amended, ensuring Formula One would never again be embarrassed in this way again.
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