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.
I hope this stays at Goodwood in the UK. I’d love to see it in person some day. Porsche 2013 by artist and designer Gerry Judah is a 22 ton steel and real Porsche sculpture that was commissioned by Porsche UK for the 50th anniversary of the 911 and the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The sculpture features three different models of the Porsche 911: the 1963 Original 911; the 1973 911 Carrera RS 2.7; and the 2013 911. The photos look pretty amazing so I imagine in person this will knock your socks off. Even if you aren’t into motor sports or automobiles you have to admit this is pretty impressive. The white arrows that suspend the cars above the ground look like jet contrails as these classic cars jet off into the sky.
“I had to create a sculpture that personifies the energy and excitement not only of these beautiful cars but also the Festival of Speed. The 911 is a fantastic shape that can’t be deconstructed or embellished, so in this context, the sculpture had to provide the right platform for the car to soar up and shine in the sky.”
God I love German engineering and what they do to motor cars. This year Porsche is introducing the Boxster Spyder, a true sports car version of the iconic Boxster. No radio, no AC, no cup holder, just a pure driving experience. They have lightened the car by by more than 500 pounds and bumped the HP by 10 over the Boxster S, all while increasing the ever important maximum torque ratio. It looks absolutely beautiful, and is actually priced within the reach of many, but that is not what this post is about.
This post is about the Autobahn burning modded Porsche 977 from those crazy Germans at 9ff.
Inspired by a series of older Porsche convertibles, especially the amazing Porsche 997 Turbo Cabriolet, a group of engineers at the German firm “9ff”, have designed a more defined version of the 977 with updated ground effects including enhanced front and rear bumpers, deeper sideskirts and a larger rear panel that completely hides the soft top. 9ff has entitled their creation the “Speed9 Porsche 997 Turbo,” this new version Porsche convertible like most other speedsters (including the Boxster Spyder) features a lower windscreen with a more raked camber. The car is running on a twin-turbo flat-six cylinder generating an amazing 650 horsepower. It comes integrated with a pair of 9ff F650 VTG turbochargers, a sports catalytic converter, tuned stainless steel exhaust, sports air filter and reprogrammed ECU. The brakes are made up of 380mm carbon discs with 6-piston calipers for as much stopping power as get up and go. 9ff modifies the chassis to integrate adjustable stabilizers at the axle (both front and rear), double springs and four aluminum spring plates, allowing better control at high speeds. Speeds which I’m sure someone will be hitting between Munich and Berlin in the near future.
Christmas is coming, so which one of you is going to buy me a present?