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#1 mariner

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 19:29

I posted this under the cutaways thread of the Nostalgia forum but as some of you may not go there and Tony is a big contributor here I think its worthy of this repost:-


Many of you cutaway drawing addicts will have seen, and marvelled at, Tony Matthews exquisite drawings posted here. On May 1st the 750 MC Hertfordshire Centre had a rare opportunity to have Tony as our guest at one of our regular competition car nights near junction 22 of the M25.

Tony gave us over two hours of his time telling of his career as a technical illustrator, starting with his apprenticeship to James Allington and ending by showing us my own favourite amongst his work, the Aston Martin sportscar cutaway.

Not only did Tony show us many of his original drawings on the 20 inch by 30 inch boards but he explained some of the techniques used to create the artwork which is a fascinating topic in its own right. Some engineers would tell Tony " its all just metal colour" but when you see his Ferrari F300 gearbox cutaway up close you can see how an illustrator uses shades to bring out all the fine detail.

His drawings have always looked great in print and on here but, at risk of making you all jealous, to see the originals and study the incredible detail " live" as it were is something else.

So I'm taking this opportunity to thank Tony for coming to our meetings and sharing his life's work with us.

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#2 Pat Clarke

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 07:02

I wish I could have been there!

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#3 Tony Matthews

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 08:02

Let me know when you're next over here, Pat!

#4 275 GTB-4

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 08:15

Let me know when you're next over here, Pat!


Take a bow Anthony :up:

When is the Cutaway Drawing Artiste Exposition and Roadshow due downunder? :)

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#5 Tony Matthews

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 09:37

Take a bow Anthony :up:

When is the Cutaway Drawing Artiste Exposition and Roadshow due downunder? :)

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Gimmie a break, Mum...

Nice to see that the bubbles in the beer have formed Silverstone in its best form.

#6 Magoo

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 10:16

What a guy.

#7 275 GTB-4

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 10:20

Gimmie a break, Mum...

Nice to see that the bubbles in the beer have formed Silverstone in its best form.


Now, now Ant-tony :)

Sorry...this is the way you would see it :blush:

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#8 Tony Matthews

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 11:32

Only if you approach Silverstone from the North.


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Posted 08 May 2013 - 15:53

TWo hours, wow.....good show Tony! Let's see...a round for the house in your honor at the Black Watch! :up:

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 02:48

The only thing I've ever been able to draw is flies, so I have the utmost respect for Mr. M's work.

:up: :up:

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 14:32

Let me know when you're next over here, Pat!


Hi Tony,

I'll be in the UK for Formula Student in July, but it's a flying visit.
I fly in on Tuesday 2nd and spend the night in London, then drive up to Northampton on Wednesday, perhaps I can detour along the way if you are around and about.

Cheers

Pat

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 15:37

The only thing I've ever been able to draw is flies...

I bet you can draw curtains too, Marc!

#13 Tony Matthews

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 15:38

Hi Tony,

I'll be in the UK for Formula Student in July, but it's a flying visit.
I fly in on Tuesday 2nd and spend the night in London, then drive up to Northampton on Wednesday, perhaps I can detour along the way if you are around and about.

Cheers

Pat

We should keep in touch nearer the date Pat.

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 18:58

Tony gave me a kidney. I have no idea where he got it, but it was a very nice gesture all the same.

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 20:15

Tony invited me over a drink once after a race weekend in the UK. Even let me stay over. Bit weird that I had to sleep in the bathtub though. And I don't understand why he filled it with ice during the night.

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 20:59

I always get my kidneys from Sainsburys, and keep them on ice in the bath.

#17 Magoo

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 21:01

Tony made me a mixtape.

#18 Magoo

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 21:14

Tony repainted my fence.

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 22:40

Tony made me a mixtape.

Ahhh - teenage romance.

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#20 Magoo

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 22:43

Here are all the Tony Matthews cutaway stories featured at Mac's Motor City Garage.com so far, as a collection:


Tony Matthews at Mac's Motor City Garage.com


And here are links to all the features individually. Meanwhile, stay tuned. More coming soon.


Maserati 250F

Williams FW07

Honda Accord BTCC

Ilmor Chevrolet 265A Indy engine

Williams FW14

Auburn 851 Speedster

Buick Ilmor Indy V8 Never-Was

1994 Penske PC23


Chevy Ilmor 265B Indy engine

Penske 8760 Series damper

Lotus 95T Renault

Penske PC9 Cosworth Indy Car

BRM V16


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#21 Tony Matthews

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 23:00

Ahhh - teenage romance.

You are never too old for teenage romance - at least, that's what I find, with one or both kidneys.

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 08:46

Tony gave me a kidney. I have no idea where he got it, but it was a very nice gesture all the same.


Did he also go on about Fffffffather Beans too Magoo? :eek:

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 12:40

And a nice Chianti.

#24 Tony Matthews

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 17:03

I should be out on probation soon, so watch it, you lot...

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 17:18

Did he also go on about Fffffffather Beans too Magoo? :eek:


I think you mean Fffffffava Beans. We don't talk about Father Beans in polite company.

#26 275 GTB-4

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Posted 11 May 2013 - 08:47

I think you mean Fffffffava Beans. We don't talk about Father Beans in polite company.


Shhhhh..... Mr Mafhews will be out on parole soon....we will all need to watch our backs :(

#27 mariner

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Posted 11 May 2013 - 09:03

Tony, back to your talk if I may quote you in public!

I think recall you mentioning that a guy called Micheal Mumford sat behind you in school ( mat, mum etc.). There is a clever rear axle location system called the "Mumford link" used by Mallock U2 cars.

The name quoted of the inventor is Micheal Mumford! - Is it your ex schoolmate ?

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Posted 11 May 2013 - 10:20

Unfortunately no, mariner, it was Richard Mumford, a now-retired programmer. We shared a love of explosives and aeromdelling, and he still flies RC flying wings and organizes his local annual firework display.

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Posted 11 May 2013 - 14:51

Unfortunately no, mariner, it was Richard Mumford, a now-retired programmer. We shared a love of explosives and aeromdelling, and he still flies RC flying wings and organizes his local annual firework display.



Explosives you say.....we could have used you in Vietnam for blowing tree stumps....ever work with C4? :)

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Posted 11 May 2013 - 16:47

I bet you can draw curtains too, Marc!


Maybe on a good day.
:rolleyes:


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Posted 11 May 2013 - 18:18

Explosives you say.....we could have used you in Vietnam for blowing tree stumps....ever work with C4? :)

C4 was a bit too advanced for 15/16 year olds, but we got as far as nitrocellulose. The problem with that was having to boil it in water for 50 hours to stabilize it. None of us had parents who, knowingly or unknowingly, we could take advantage of, and who had garages or kitchens where we could set up a system to boil anything for that length of time. We were lucky to get away with storing explosive devices weighing 25lbs next to a friend's father's company Rover saloon car. If one of those Marrows (code name) had gone off, the company car would have gone up the Suwanee.

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Posted 12 May 2013 - 16:35

C4 was a bit too advanced for 15/16 year olds, but we got as far as nitrocellulose. The problem with that was having to boil it in water for 50 hours to stabilize it. None of us had parents who, knowingly or unknowingly, we could take advantage of, and who had garages or kitchens where we could set up a system to boil anything for that length of time. We were lucky to get away with storing explosive devices weighing 25lbs next to a friend's father's company Rover saloon car. If one of those Marrows (code name) had gone off, the company car would have gone up the Suwanee.


So very pleased you, your mates and the Rover made it out of your teen years all in one piece! :eek: :)

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#33 Magoo

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Posted 12 May 2013 - 18:10

Indeed. Model airplanes + explosives = possibilities.

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Posted 12 May 2013 - 19:33

Today that possibility is black helicopters, terrorist labels and an unending sea of high-quality shit. No more casual toying around with things, no having materials from chem class "fall" into your backpack, no more innocently blowing up cars at the dump...well, you get the idea.

#35 Magoo

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 01:26

Today that possibility is black helicopters, terrorist labels and an unending sea of high-quality shit. No more casual toying around with things, no having materials from chem class "fall" into your backpack, no more innocently blowing up cars at the dump...well, you get the idea.


I know, right? I nearly blew up the entire neighborhood when I was 11 or 12 but there wasn't the widespread panic you would have today.


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Posted 14 May 2013 - 02:11

I know, right? I nearly blew up the entire neighborhood when I was 11 or 12 but there wasn't the widespread panic you would have today.


Sounds like a close call Bill....

I had a younger friend who was always playing with wires, batteries, fireworks etc....then he found some ordnance from the nearby Army base and sadly, ran out of luck and was killed :(

#37 Magoo

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 15:51

Sounds like a close call Bill....


I've told the story before, won't bore the room with it again. 'Twas the old convert a big old diesel turbo into a jet engine gag. Would go through a bottle of LP gas in maybe 90 seconds. Unbelievably loud, like an airliner in your back yard.


#38 Magoo

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Posted 04 June 2013 - 16:13

JUST UPDATED:

For your listening and dancing pleasure, here are all the Tony Matthews cutaway features at Mac's Motor City Garage.com so far, as a collection:


Tony Matthews at Mac's Motor City Garage.com


And heeeeeere are links to all the features individually:


Maserati 250F

Williams FW07

Honda Accord BTCC

Ilmor Chevrolet 265A Indy engine

Williams FW14

Auburn 851 Speedster

Buick Ilmor Indy V8 Never-Was

1994 Penske PC23


Chevy Ilmor 265B Indy engine

Penske 8760 Series damper

Lotus 95T Renault

Penske PC9 Cosworth Indy Car

BRM V16

Tom's Toyota Supra Touring Car Racer


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