Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Friday, July 19, 2013
Visited a local classic car meet last night. A lot of open topped British cars and an interesting Ford Pop dragster. Made a couple of quick sketches of the two cars I'd most like to have driven home in. First a lovely oily rag condition Singer Nine...
I'm a big fan of Barney Oldfield's exploits - and cars. Great to see the Golden Sub again and just had to sketch it. The owner very kindly showed me his scrapbook which showed the many modifications made of the years. It didn't have the enclosed cockpit for very long at all. It filled with fumes and was chopped off after a close shave with a fire.
Donald Campbell's CN7 looks spectacular. Officially the first car to do over 400mph (although Breedlove's 3-wheeled 'Spirit of America' was slightly faster). Powered by a Proteus turbine t's the last wheel driven car to hold the outright record and was actually designed for 500mph!
Henry Segrave's beautiful Golden Arrow was powered by a 24 litre Napier Lion aero engine. It's W12 layout gives the car it's distinctive shape. It has possibly the lowest mileage of any record car - having only driven about 20 miles!
There was an amazing collection of land speed record cars at the Festival of Speed this year. This is my favourite sketch from the weekend - one of Malcolm Campbell's earliest cars. It was started life as a race car and was modified several times.
It's been a great month for getting work in magazines. Very pleased with this 3 page Auto-biography in 'The Automobile' - they even gave me the inside cover for an illustration of Ralph Lauren's Bugatti.