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Murphy
February 09, 2018 at 01:08:54 PM
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     I see more and more mention of people not caring for modern sprint car T-shirts. Add me to that list. For the most part modern racing T-shirts  look to me like flashy, over-done caricatures. They're all so busy and screaming "awesome!" that they almost look grotesque. They also seem to all look alike- a black T-shirt with the same pose and too much background. They remind me of Zingers plastic car models from the 70's. Those were meant to be a parody of something. Modern racing T-shirts (I hope) aren't meant to be parody.

     Does any current team have old school type T-shirts? Can anybody post a picture of an old school T-shirt to show what I'm talking about?




Nickules
February 09, 2018 at 01:41:36 PM
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Posted By: Murphy on February 09 2018 at 01:08:54 PM

     I see more and more mention of people not caring for modern sprint car T-shirts. Add me to that list. For the most part modern racing T-shirts  look to me like flashy, over-done caricatures. They're all so busy and screaming "awesome!" that they almost look grotesque. They also seem to all look alike- a black T-shirt with the same pose and too much background. They remind me of Zingers plastic car models from the 70's. Those were meant to be a parody of something. Modern racing T-shirts (I hope) aren't meant to be parody.

     Does any current team have old school type T-shirts? Can anybody post a picture of an old school T-shirt to show what I'm talking about?



Lucas Wolfe has 2 vintage/"old school" designs out there for his PBR car.  Check his website - www.lucaswolfe.com/#merch

I like the modern shirts as I enjoy really "bad" sci fi movies that are purposely campy.  Does that make sense?  Like I think the over the top car pose of shirts and the screaming "we're awesome" is so campy and over the top that they're awesome.  Everyone has that horrible "rainy Saturday afternoon movie" that is so bad but if it's on you cannot turn it off.  So bad, it's good.  I have a Bill Balog shirt from about 3 or 4 years ago with a Yeti on the back that is so campy and outrageous that it's awesome.   

That said, Brownie does have some better designs and I have seen others that try to mesh a more toned down look with the modern "over the top" care pose.  There are some good ones out there nowadays.  Also my Father has a ton of vintage shirts and they're just as over the top as the new ones, albeit it modern printing practices are better and have added to the "over the top" factor.  



rovanber
February 09, 2018 at 01:45:12 PM
Joined: 02/06/2010
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I totally agree with your assessment of modern day sprint car shirts. I don't care for them either. But then again I don't car for the looks of the modern day sprint cars as much as the older ones. Bring back the days when the driver was a lot more visable in the cockpit and you could really see him working in there. 



larsonfan
February 09, 2018 at 01:46:51 PM
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Keep in mind though though that the teams that sell them also use them as a way to show/advertise their sponsors (probably a selling point when they work with potential sponsors), so there is only a few options for the pose of the car to show the wings, hood, etc.

I'm not a fan of shirts that have just a small number/name on the front and the bigger design on the back.

I respect you guy's opinions on the "cartoon shirt" (never heard them called that before), but I'm on the other side of the fence. I like them and have a bunch of them. Some of the really cool ones I don't wear but put them in a frame and hang them on my walls.

My most-favorite and front and center in my house is my Steve Kinser James Dean car shirt. If anyone has one or remebers that one, it is the coolest one I've ever seen. It is beautiful.



Murphy
February 09, 2018 at 01:49:21 PM
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Posted By: Nickules on February 09 2018 at 01:41:36 PM

Lucas Wolfe has 2 vintage/"old school" designs out there for his PBR car.  Check his website - www.lucaswolfe.com/#merch

I like the modern shirts as I enjoy really "bad" sci fi movies that are purposely campy.  Does that make sense?  Like I think the over the top car pose of shirts and the screaming "we're awesome" is so campy and over the top that they're awesome.  Everyone has that horrible "rainy Saturday afternoon movie" that is so bad but if it's on you cannot turn it off.  So bad, it's good.  I have a Bill Balog shirt from about 3 or 4 years ago with a Yeti on the back that is so campy and outrageous that it's awesome.   

That said, Brownie does have some better designs and I have seen others that try to mesh a more toned down look with the modern "over the top" care pose.  There are some good ones out there nowadays.  Also my Father has a ton of vintage shirts and they're just as over the top as the new ones, albeit it modern printing practices are better and have added to the "over the top" factor.  



"Campy". That's a good adjective to desribe them. Kind of like Monster Truck shirts, but no so subtle.



Hooper31
February 09, 2018 at 02:02:34 PM
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This message was edited on February 09, 2018 at 02:03:03 PM by Hooper31

Pittman has a "Dirt Track Roots" shirt on his site. Its at the very bottom if you follow this link:

http://darynpittman.com/site/?page_id=200

 



StanM
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February 09, 2018 at 02:14:13 PM
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Posted By: Murphy on February 09 2018 at 01:08:54 PM

     I see more and more mention of people not caring for modern sprint car T-shirts. Add me to that list. For the most part modern racing T-shirts  look to me like flashy, over-done caricatures. They're all so busy and screaming "awesome!" that they almost look grotesque. They also seem to all look alike- a black T-shirt with the same pose and too much background. They remind me of Zingers plastic car models from the 70's. Those were meant to be a parody of something. Modern racing T-shirts (I hope) aren't meant to be parody.

     Does any current team have old school type T-shirts? Can anybody post a picture of an old school T-shirt to show what I'm talking about?



I wear plain Dickies brand pocket t's to the races.  When I was shooting photos I liked.the pocket for my reading glasses.  The cartoon shirts not only look stupid but none of them have pockets so they're not very practical.  I do were racing hats sometimes.


Stan Meissner

First time caller
February 09, 2018 at 02:45:29 PM
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This message was edited on February 09, 2018 at 02:46:06 PM by First time caller

I find some shirts I like but my problem is with the material.  I don’t buy shirts because of that plastic vinyl or whatever that stuff is.  I find it is hot to wear in the summer.  I wish old school screen print T-shirt were more widely available.  I also liked how they fade over time.  Because of the material I just won’t buy any.  



StanM
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February 09, 2018 at 03:57:39 PM
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Disclaimer, my racing roots go back before racing shirts.  If you look close at The 60s and 70s pit photo one thing that stands out is no racing shirts.  Plain white t-shirts ruled.


Stan Meissner

YungWun24
February 09, 2018 at 04:59:25 PM
Joined: 01/19/2009
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I like any tee shirt that has a sprint car on it, old, retro, or newer style. 


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MRZERO
February 11, 2018 at 10:00:39 AM
Joined: 09/21/2005
Posts: 450
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I want a sprint car on the front and back of the shirt. I don't need skeletons, wolves, etc. And I wish WoO would reissue the 25th anniversary t-shirt, it had pics of all 25 champion cars on the back of it.



dsc1600
February 11, 2018 at 12:57:22 PM
Joined: 05/31/2007
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I’m not sure how far back everyone is going with this comparison. The newer style shirts are much more understated on the front than in the 90s or 2000s which virtually every style had the car and name living large on the front with the sponsors and number on the back. 

Nowadays a lot of the shirts have a small lettering on the front and the car on the back which I prefer. 



motorhead748
February 11, 2018 at 01:50:01 PM
Joined: 08/05/2010
Posts: 496
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I'll agree some of the shirts are too "loud". I've cut my shirt buying way back partly because of how they look but more because I have way too many, I've never counted but it has to be close to 3-500. I will likely only buy 1 or 2 event shirts this year. But I will say you can never have too many steve kinser shirts. 



revjimk
February 11, 2018 at 01:55:32 PM
Joined: 09/14/2010
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I admit that I'm drawn to the flashier shirts. With modern graphics, I sometimes ending up buying shirts for drivers I don't even root for, cause graphics are so cool

I also have too many... classic "impulse buy"





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