Formula 1 Racing

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.

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.

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.