How Many of These Famous Race Cars Can You Name?

By: Jody Mabry
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About This Quiz

Racing cars was a natural thing that the first car manufacturers assumed would become an inevitable attraction. Humans love competition and speed and there are few things that put those two together better than car racing. From NASCAR to Grand Prix and Formula One, millions of people pack stands to watch their favorite racers go down the straight-away or around the track. 

While there was auto racing in the early 1880s, the first organized race took place in 1895 from Paris to Bordeaux, France, and back. It was 1,178 km long with an average speed of around 24.15 km/h. To put things into perspective, current stock car racing can range from 140 km/h to 320 km/h at Talladega. 

So, do you spend your weekends locked onto the TV to watch NASCAR? Do you know your drivers, their crew, vehicle numbers and sponsors as well as you know your children's names? If so, then this just might be the quiz for you. 

Can you identify Richard Petty's '70s car? Do you know which car Jimmie Johnson loved to drive? Do you know the difference between a 1957 Ford Fairlane and a '68 Ford Thunderbird? From American classics to the alluring Italian sports cars, this quiz has some of the coolest and sexiest cars to have ever hit a track. 

Take this quiz to see if you get the checkered flag!

The paint job of the #33 Oldsmobile Cutlass has been modified to mimic the green and white color scheme of his main sponsor, Skoal. Harry Gant earned the nickname, "The Bandit," due to a long-time sponsorship with Skoal.

This colorful car is driven by American professional stock car racer Kyle Busch. The 2015 Toyota Camry is draped in a full-car-sized vinyl sheet, featuring M&M characters and logos. It also displays Kyle Busch's name on the windshield and his car number, 18.

The first generation of the GT40 won the prestigious Le Mans 24-hour endurance race for four straight years, from 1966 to 1969, which included filling out the top three positions in 1966. Only 105 were produced.

Edward Glenn "Fireball" Roberts' 1957 Ford Fairlane had a maroon and white paint scheme with matching maroon rims. The logos and names of various sponsors are seen around the car, as well as his car number, 22, which is painted in white on the car's sides.

Davey Allison's 1987 Ford Thunderbird has a white and black paint scheme separated by two gold and red diagonal bands. The logo of his main sponsor, Havoline, is written across the car's hood, trunk lid and sides in a bold gold font. Written in a similar font and color is his car number, 28.

The Tyrrell was the only car with six wheels ever to race in Formula 1. It did so in the 1976 and 1977 season and even won a race.

The 2013 Chevrolet SS was driven by seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR cup series champion Jimmie Johnson. The car's design features the Lowe's logo and Johnson's car number boldly plastered in white against a blue background.

Like all the Formula 1 cars in the '50s, the Maserati 250 had a cylindrical shape. Don't be fooled, however, this was a monster. In fact, at the 1957 German Grand Prix, Juan Manuel Fangio, driving a 250F, was 48 seconds behind the leader with 22 laps left. He caught him and won the race!

The color scheme for Matt Kenseth's 2013 Toyota Camry consists of a red paint scheme with his primary sponsor, Husky Tools, displayed a large white font. His car number, 20, is also written in white with a black outline.

This famous race car was driven to victory at the 1955 Mille Miglia race in Italy by none other than Sterling Moss and navigator Denis Jenkison. Jenkinson used pace notes which, when combined with the power of the Mercedes-Benz 300SLR, meant the team was practically unstoppable.

This classic race car donned a sleek black paint scheme with the term, "Fabulous Hudson Hornet," written across both sides of the car in white and gold. Painted in white with a red outline is his car number, 6, which was placed at the front, by the end of the car's name.

In an effort to defeat the Ford GT40 domination at Le Mans in the late '60s, Enzo Ferrari introduced the 300 P4 in 1967. It was a formidable race car, winning at Daytona as well as Monza. The GT40's, however, had its number at Le Mans and continued their winning streak.

The 2005 Chevrolet Monte Carlo is decorated in orange flames laid against a blue background. Several sponsors' logos can be seen all over the car, including primary sponsor DuPont. Jeff Gordon's race car number, 24, is seen on the roof and sides of the car.

The Porsche 956 holds the record for the fastest lap ever around the famed circuit, Nurburgring Nordschleife. This was set by Stefan Beloff in 1983 and stands at 6:11.13.

This race car has a red and white paint job with various sponsors plastered all over it. The logo of Bill Elliot's main sponsor, Budweiser, takes up much of the hood and is also seen at the sides next to his car number, 11.

The McLaren MP4/4 is possibly the greatest Formula 1 car ever built. It won 15 out of 16 races in 1988, giving Ayrton Senna his first world title.

1999 Chevrolet Monte Carlo is known as a race car but is better known for its comfort than it's ease in going from 0-60 in a short period of time.

500 brake horsepower, 0-60 mph in just 3.1 seconds, all-wheel drive. The Audi Sport Quattro SWB was a brute.

The Mercedes W07 Hybrid dominated Formula 1 in 2016 winning 19 out of 21 races and seeing Nico Rosberg become world champion. This was the most dominant Formula 1 car ever, in terms of the ratio of wins to races entered.

Jimmie Johnson's 2006 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS has a paint scheme of mostly dark blue, silver and white, which reflects the color pattern of his sponsor, Lowe's. Written in a bright yellow font is his car number, 48, as seen on the sides and roof of his car.

The Breadvan... yes, well look at it. It does look like a delivery van of sorts. This was a Ferrari 250 GT modified by a privateer, Count Giovanni Volpi, for his Scuderia Serenissima racing team. And it almost beat the Ferrari racing team at the 1962 Le Mans endurance race. While fourth overall and ahead of the 250 GT's of the Italian marque, the Breadvan suffered engine failure.

Like all teams sponsored by Goodwrench, Mike Skinner's 1995 Chevrolet Silverado had a black and white paint scheme with the team's name written in a bold white font. Other sponsors can also be seen all over the truck as well as his number, 3.

With a massive fan on the back and low side skirts, the Chaparral 2J sucked to the tarmac, given the car's incredible downforce and making it two seconds a lap faster than its competitors in the 1970 Can-Am series. It was soon banned.

Sporting a simple red and white paint job is Bill Elliot's #9 2001 Dodge Intrepid R/T. Among the several sponsors, the Dodge logo and name are the most visible; they appear in a large white font on the hood and sides of the car.

After they moved out of the rally circuit following the demise of Group B racing in the mid-1980s, Audi turned their attention to something new. The result was the 90 GTO which raced in the IMSA championship in the United States. Although it did not win the championship, it did come close with Hans-Joachim Stuck at the wheel.

Richie Evans' iconic 1939 Chevrolet Coupe is very odd-looking compared to modern race cars. The tires are very large and thick, with orange rims. The rest of the car matches the tires' orange and black color pattern and has his car number, 61, displayed at the sides.

The last off the V8 engined cars in Formula 1, the Red Bull R9 helped Sebastien Vettel to the overall crown. The German won 13 of the 19 races he entered.

The Corvette C5-R was difficult to beat. In fact, it won its class at Le Mans in staggering fashion, completing 34 more laps than its nearest rival.

The fastest car in a straight line at Le Mans in 1978, the Porsche 935/78 Moby Dick (ok it does look like a whale from the side) clocked 228 mph. That didn't help much and the 935/78 finished inly eighth.

The car's simple white and green paint scheme reflects the logo of Darrell Waltrip's main sponsor, Gatorade, which is seen on the hood and sides of the car. His car number, 88, is etched in a large white font on the car's roof and in green on the sides of the car's body.

Porsche has a rich racing heritage and in the 917/30, certainly had a formidable track car. Racing in the Canadian-American Challenge Cup, the 917/30 dominated in 1973, winning six of eight races.

The T70 was an endurance racer from Lola that more than held its own against the Ferrari's and Porsche's of the day in the late '60s.

Tony Stewart is the driver of the #14 2011 Chevrolet Impala with a red, black and white color scheme. Logos of his various sponsors can be seen all over the car.

One of the most adaptable racing cars ever seen, the BMW E30 M3 won seven touring car championships, two rally championships and was even successful as a hill climber.

In comparison to many race cars, David Pearson's 1966 Dodge Charger has a very modest appearance. It has a simple white and red paint scheme which displays Pearson's sponsors and his car number, 6.

The Peugeot 205 T16 took part in the now-defunct Group B Rally World Championship. In the hands of driver Juha Kankkunen, Ari Vatanen and Timo Salonen, the 205 was formidable and wracked up 16 victories in three years from 1984.

Driven by Richard Petty, the classic 1964 Plymouth Belvedere donned a very plain appearance. Its paint scheme was a light shade of blue with his car number, 43, painted in white. Also visible in white are the logos of his different sponsors, including his primary sponsor, Plymouth.

One of the most dominating cars ever built in Formula 1 history, the F2004 helped Michael Schumacher to 12 wins in the first 13 races of the season. He went on to win his seventh world championship by the end of the season in 2004.

Like most old-school race cars, Wendell Scott's 1966 Ford Galaxie sported a simple look. It had a red and white paint scheme (sometimes blue and white) with various sponsors' logos plastered on the car.

Dale Earnhardt's 2008 Chevrolet Impala SS takes on the color scheme of his sponsor's logos, such as dark green for Mountain Dew/Amp Energy and royal blue for National Guard. The rest of the car remains white, with red and white used for the logos and his car number, 88.

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