16 Cars and Vans

A couple of weeks back I was approached to do a set of 3 illustrations of classic sports cars at a fixed price. The direction was specific about the view being straight ahead from the front of the car. The end goal was that these were going to be used in a printed calendar, and after the first 3, I’d get 9 more to work on.

Unfortunately, I fell victim to the bait and switch tactic or would you rather do these on spec, or for free, for a ton of exposure, and a possible cut of the profits. The thing is I don’t work for free, and unfortunately, the client’s proposal left me flat. So, I decided to say thanks but no thanks, keep my files and go back to my office.

The thing is though, it got me all inspired, so I did 12 more over the course of a couple weeks, and shared a few on social media. Now, I’m releasing them to the world. I really don’t have any interest in making money off of these. It was a fun little exercise with Adobe Illustrator that I feel good about. Each image is sized for the iPhone 6 screen resolution.

All I ask is if you download them and use them, give credit where credit is due. Let people know I am the guy that made these. Don’t resell them to make money and don’t take my name off of them. Tell people where you got them, and ask them to respect the same request about selling and credit.



280z 356 911 917 2002 A-100 Alfa California Corvan DB5 Falcon Merak Miura Quatro XKE

Hasselblad + Ferrari = Hasselrrari.

As I sit here waiting for my Olympus OMD to ship from Amazon, I keep wishing I had played the Mega Millions lottery. If I had won, I could have flown first class to Japan, picked up the new Oly, and then skipped on over to Europe to grab a new Hasselblad Ferrari edition camera. I know it costs $30,000, but when you are worth mega millions 30k is chump change.

So what does 30 large get you? It buys a limited edition camera with a 40 megapixel medium format sensor. produced in a limited edition of only 499 cameras, and done up in Ferrari red. (Ferrari “Rosso Fuoco”). It comes with an 80mm prime lens and the camera is housed in a special display box with an engineered glass top. The case also features  a luxurious lining, dual storage layers, and the distinctive Ferrari Racing Shield.

It does not come with any super models to photograph. It won’t make you Richard Avedon. It will tell everyone that sees you shooting with it, that you have scads of money and very little sense.

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What’s in the box…

  • An exclusive hand-made glass topped case specially designed for the Ferrari camera. This attractive case features a luxurious lining, dual storage layers, and the distinctive Ferrari Racing Shield.
  • A specially designed camera strap.
  • A Ferrari Welcome Brochure that includes a customized Inspection Certificate.
  • A Phocus Quick Software DVD made specifically for the Ferrari Edition.
  • A hand-signed personal Welcome Letter by Hasselblad Chairman and CEO Dr. Larry Hansen.

The ArtRage Motor Sports Series Number 8.

The last post in this series was of Wolfgang von Trips, in a late 1950’s Ferrari. In the post I talked a bit about the book “The Limit” and it’s focus on the rivalry between fellow teammates von Trips and American Phil Hill. This is an image of Hill from the same period. I felt it was fitting to have the drivers in similar era cars, since they were friends as well as rivals on team Ferrari.

In 1961 Phil Hill won the Monza Grand Prix, the first Grand Prix win for an American driver in nearly forty years. In the same race his rival and friend Wolfgang von Trips was killed in a violent accident that claimed the lives of 14 spectators as well. The victory for Hill was bittersweet, and two years later he would leave Ferrari after 6 years of service to join ATS a team founded by ex Ferrari engineers. Two years later he joined the Cooper team where he lasted until 1967 when he retired from Formula 1 all together.

The ArtRage Motor Sports Series Number 7.

I recently finished the book “The Limit” which I have mentioned in this series of posts over the last few weeks. One of the main subjects in the book, deals with the inner team rivalry between American Phil Hill, and German Wolfgang von Trips. Both drove for the Ferrari team, but were in many ways pitted against each other by Ferrari himself.

The image below is based on a publicity photo for the Ferrari team. I’m sure the photo was staged with a slower moving car staged to come into the line of site as it approached the photographer. It was typical for the period. One thing about it, it sets up a great composition, and while it feels a bit staged it does capture von Trips in action.

The image is from 1959/60. It shows the classic front engine Ferrari of the era. Once again, the cars have no seat belts. They average 150 miles per hour, and life taking wrecks were common on the racing circuit each year. Less than two years after the original photo was taken, von Trips would lose his life at the 1961 Monza Grand Prix, when his car careened off the track killing von Trips and 11 spectators in the stands.

How to Drive a 1967 Ferrari Through Times Square.

Since I am on kind of a Formula 1 racing kick these days, I thought I’d post this video that my friend Chef Colby Garrelts uploaded to Facebook earlier today. I could go into a long diatribe about the Ferrari’s featured, their historical importance to the sport of racing, the drivers etc., but I want to talk about the video itself.

This commercial is absolutely gorgeous. The finished look from cinematography to editing is outstanding. The opening shot with seed pods hovering in the air just before the scene is split in two by a red Ferrari is just stunning. The multiple camera angles that capture each of the cars as they rocket across deserted streets from Rome to Brasilia is stunning. The edits are timed so well. I have no idea what this cost to produce. I’m sure it was a fortune, but the end result is well done it was worth every penny. Shell should be proud of the end result.

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


My New Car.

Since I am still waiting to see what is going to happen with my wrecked MINI, I thought I would spend some time this morning looking for new cars in case I have to buy one in the next month or so. While searching for possible cars this morning I came across this wonderful 1955 Ferrari Monza Spider. The same car that was driven by Fred Astair in the movie “On the Beach”. (It also starred Gregory Peck, and I have to admit the race scenes in it are pretty lame).

This car is the eighth of 35, 750 Monza spiders that were ever built, and this unique automobile, with serial number 0492M, is the car that was used in the movie mentioned above. The opening price is yet to be determined, and there is that whole thing about shifting with my left hand I’d have to get used to, but I think I’d look good driving this car.

This Ferrari Monza Spider has a 260 hp, 2,999 cc DOHC four-cylinder engine, with two Weber 58 mm DCOA/3 carburetors. It features dry sump lubrication, a five-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with unequal-length A-arms and coil springs, a de Dion rear axle with transverse leaf springs and trailing arms, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes ( yes it has drum brakes, it is a 1955 Ferrari). The wheelbase is 88.6 inches which means it is agile for my daily commutes to the office. (by the way, this car was advertised for $7000.00 in a 1957 issue of Road and Track magazine. It’s estimated to bring 1 million plus at auction)

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Additional features include…

– One of only 35 built, with a matching-numbers example
– Starring role in On the Beach, featuring Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner
– Driven on screen by Fred Astaire in “On the Beach”
– Brussels Motor Show car winner, 1955
– Race-winning history, including John Von Neumann, Phil Hill, Harrison Evans
– Two-year documented restoration

In its professional racing career, 750 Monza s/n 0492M entered 22 West Coast races in an intense period in 1955-56, driven by famed Ferrari importer and racing driver John von Neumann, future Formula One World Champion Phil Hill, and Harrison Evans. In that time it won twice, scored seven 2nd place finishes, was 3rd twice and 4th four times.
For more info on the car, and the movie starring Fred Astaire, or if you want to out bid me, go here.