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#1 Dennis David

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Posted 21 April 2000 - 20:17

I've recently added a new section onto the Grand Prix History website regarding some of my favorite automotive artists. My first entry is someone most of you are probably not familiar with, Rob Roy.



Rob Roy was born in Mont-de-Marsan, France on October 3rd, 1909. His father a successful painter who specialized in horses was one of the first owners of an automobiles in France, a De Dion-Bouton. Growing up in this environment nurtured Roy's twin passions, drawing and automobiles. In 1926 he saw his first major race, the 24-Hours of Le Mans. It was love at first sight and Rob Roy became a devoted chronicler of this famous endurance race. In 1930 he received his first commission covering the Bordeaux GP for the French newspaper La Petite Gironde. His work would later appear on the covers of Moto Revue, Action Auto and L'Equipe. After World War II he continued providing illustrations for many specialized magazines. During the 50's he discontinued drawing current racing cars as many of his old friends had either died or retired. He did though continue to paint cars of the Golden Era until his death in 1992.

Today his paintings once again are available through the efforts of the Automobile Club De L'Ouest and the Association Des Amis De Rob Roy. Published in 1998 this 144 page book gives the history of the 24 Heures du Mans from 1926 to 1959. The stirring writing style of Pierre Fouquet-Hatevilain matched with the evocative illustrations of Rob Roy serve up an unbeatable combination that caught the eye of this writer as few new books on motor racing have. A French/English edition is available through the Association's website.
http://www.ddavid.com/formula1/roy.htm

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#2 Ray Bell

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Posted 22 April 2000 - 04:42

Left-hand drive Bentleys?

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#3 Dennis David

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Posted 22 April 2000 - 04:45

That sir is no Bentley! ;) ... More later.

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#4 Dennis David

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Posted 22 April 2000 - 12:10

Actually that is the 1926 winning Lorraine-Dietrich of Robert Bloch and Andre Rossignol followed by its teammate. and further back an O.M.

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#5 Barry Lake

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Posted 24 April 2000 - 14:30

Dennis
I, too, think Rob Roy's work is great.
I don't have the Le Mans book, but I was fortunate enough to pick up "Bugatti: le Regard de Rob Roy", a similar book on Bugatti racing cars, only last week.
The best news, it was on the bargain table of Pitstop Bookshop in Perth Western Australia for half the normal price.
I was in Perth for a couple of days to test the latest Pirelli P Zero Rosso tyres and, of course, made time to get to the book shop.
Spending free time and money in a motoring book shop makes a lot more sense to me than doing the same in the bar and/or casino, as everyone else seems to do.

#6 Barry Lake

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Posted 24 April 2000 - 14:36

Incidentally, Pitstop Bookshop is manned by true enthusiasts who really know their business. They have a web site at www.pitstop.net.au/ and provide an inexpensive overnight delivery service to most parts of Australia (slightly slower if you live somewhere like Suggan Buggan or Come by Chance.)


#7 Michael M

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Posted 24 April 2000 - 17:14

The Lorraine-Dietrichs are all type B3-6, The 2nd car is # 5, GĂ©rard de Courcelles / Marcel Mongin, finishing 2nd. The O.M. # 17 is a Tipo 665 Superba entered by Ferdinando Minoia and Giulio Foresti finishing 4th (same car that won 1st Mille Miglia in 1927), and the Lorraine thereafter is the # 4 car driven by Stalter / Brisson, finished 3rd finally.

#8 KJJ

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Posted 20 May 2006 - 23:16

I like Rob Roy's work as well, this site is worth a browse:

http://membres.lycos.fr/robroy/

#9 Catalina Park

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Posted 21 May 2006 - 07:33

Am I the only one that thought that this thread was going to be about Victorian Hillclimbs? :p

#10 KJJ

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Posted 21 May 2006 - 07:57

Yes I agree with you, there are far too many Australian threads on TNF nowadays. :D

#11 275 GTB-4

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Posted 21 May 2006 - 08:00

Originally posted by Catalina Park
Am I the only one that thought that this thread was going to be about Victorian Hillclimbs? :p


Mike...its the first thing I thought of.....now I'm looking forward to the connection and why Rob Roy got its name.....I know Tarrengower has a book out now....but not sure about RR :

#12 David McKinney

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Posted 21 May 2006 - 08:17

Originally posted by Catalina Park
Am I the only one that thought that this thread was going to be about Victorian Hillclimbs? :p

I thought it when I first saw it, and got fooled again when the thread was revived today :down:

#13 Ray Bell

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Posted 21 May 2006 - 20:28

Originally posted by KJJ
Yes I agree with you, there are far too many Australian threads on TNF nowadays.


Indeed... why don't we let the Yanks have a few threads to themselves?

With such a rich history... they're hardly represented at all here. Our HistoricMustang mate barely gets a look in.

And David, short term memory is always a problem. I have it too.

#14 David McKinney

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Posted 21 May 2006 - 21:10

Originally posted by Ray Bell
And David, short term memory is always a problem. I have it too.

If you think six years is short-term Ray, you haven't got a problem :lol:

#15 eldougo

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Posted 22 May 2006 - 03:36

Originally posted by Catalina Park
Am I the only one that thought that this thread was going to be about Victorian Hillclimbs? :p


I to thought it was about that amazing Victorian Hillclimb. :up:

#16 cosworth bdg

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Posted 22 May 2006 - 04:14

Originally posted by eldougo


I to thought it was about that amazing Victorian Hillclimb. :up:

Same here, oh well :down:

#17 KJJ

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Posted 22 May 2006 - 15:58

Of course rather than moaning, why not just start a thread entitled Rob Roy Victorian Hillclimb?

For anyone who might have missed it amongst the :down:, here's a site about the French illustrator Rob Roy:

http://membres.lycos.fr/robroy/

#18 Keir

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Posted 22 May 2006 - 16:56

Very similar to Geo Ham .

#19 paulhooft

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Posted 22 May 2006 - 17:28

I have the Rob Roy Bugatti book, but like to have a copie of the short story series Histoire de Pilotes.
Does someone have these series as a PDF?
Or were they ever released as a book?
Paul hooft

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#20 Patrick Fletcher

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Posted 23 May 2006 - 10:42

Michelin produced a tribute to Rob Roy [the artist] with a calendar in 1996 - 12 great prints around 280 X 360 and one on the cover. Very special ...........

#21 Mallory Dan

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Posted 23 May 2006 - 13:35

Geoff Lees works Royale in FF1600 in 1975 was entered by 'Rob Roy Racing with D J Bond', any connection??

#22 Alan Cox

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Posted 23 May 2006 - 17:41

No, Dan.