F1

The Cahier Archive. 60 Years of Photographing Racing History.

This morning I was searching for vintage racing photographs to use as a reference for an Illustration I am working on. As I was cruising through my Google results I came across the “Cahier Archive“. Even if you aren’t a racing fan, this is a fantastic site. It features some amazing photography that stretches back to 1951.

The photo collection covers the history of the Formula One Championships and the photos  remain in the hands of its original photographers. There are 15 000 pictures currently available on the website which are part of an archive containing around 400,000 original photos.

The archive has been built and compiled by Bernard Cahier and his son Paul-Henri, with Bernard leaning more toward photojournalism, and his son taking a more artistic approach to his shooting style.

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All Photographs © Bernard Cahier, Henri Cahier

 

Selling Formula 1, to a NASCAR Crowd.

America is a NSCAR country. We love stock cars making left hand turns around an oval track at 200 miles per hour. So how do you promote F1 racing? You make a kick ass 6 minute video, that’s how.

This video short produced for Red Bull is outstanding. Brilliant editing and camera work combined with copious amounts of slow motion videography sell it. There is a minor story to this piece where the car basically escapes the ranch and heads to the big city, but it is completely secondary to the visceral images of the car as it tears up the countryside.

I love this. I hope it sells F1 to all the NASCAR fans in America. If it doesn’t, it sure is a blast to watch. One of my favorite parts is the “GoCam” attached to the steer horn.

The F1 Circuit of the Americas takes place in Austin, Texas on November 18, 2012.

A Day in the Life of an Audi Driver. Allan McNish, on Driving Le Mans.

This being Memorial Day weekend, there are a few traditions that happen every year. The Indianapolis 500 is run, and people all over America bar-b-que and hang with family. This is for all the racing fans out there. If you watch the Indy 500, I know you will appreciate this video for that is currently at the Audi Channel on YouTube.

Audi has created a new  video titled “A Day in the Life of an Audi Driver”. It has a really nice stylized look and combines video, animation, motion graphics, and CGI work to create a great 3 minute story that encapsulates what driving Le Mans is like. Audi’s video shows Audi Team Joest driver Allan McNish talking about the hundreds of people and hundreds of hours that go into planning for the 24 Hours at Le Mans race.

As I meantioned earlier the video currently lives at Audi’s YouTube channel but will be broadcast to the world on May 28 during Saturday’s UEFA Champions League final soccer game.

The 24 Hours of Le Mans takes place June 11-12 at Circuit de la Sarthe in France.

 

2011 F1 Racing Posters.

The Formula 1 Racing season has begun, and with it have come a new line of F1 posters designed by PJ Tierney from Ireland. The posters remind me of classic racing posters from the late 1950’s through 1960’s with simple graphics, bold color pallets, consistent layouts, and a unified use of typography across all of them.

There is an interview with Tertulias de Fórmula 1. on Tierney’s blog which sheds additional light on his design process, and inspiration.