Karl I haven't forgotten.
That Autocar issue has arrived, so I'll scan and post Jim Bamber's Toyota GB Rally Corolla GT soon
First, good to have you back in harness with the group. As you can see, some folks seem to have misplaced their meds and have gotten a little testy in the last few hours. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but, having been stunned in seeing the first Tony Matthews line drawings back in the early '70s. his work has always been at the absolute top of this art form, whether the color or the black and white. Where an opinion would result that would legitimately be anything different is beyond me. If you want to say anyone isn't the absolute best, I may buy in, as taste and preference varies. But to indicate that a Tony Matthews work is quite as lowly as has been indicated, there is something else at work here. I have never quite put my own top artist list together, but Tony will always be there somewhere. At that level, the ranking would change every day based on what I have seen, but the work is certainly well considered and the talent is unmistakable. How anyone with artistic training could indicate otherwise is rather stunning, especially based on accuracy and detail of the work. I suppose that I would like to know whose work would actually deserve consideration over Tony's.
Blows me away to hear this kind of harsh attack on this skilled an artist.
As to personality, we could all probably use a bit of lighten-up juice on occasion, but there is that British sense of humor, honed by years working at drawing boards with other relative introverts. Can't imagine how that couldn't be universally found humorous ... and there are folks who don't appreciate Monty Python, as well ... idiots.
Not to kiss ass too much here, but Tony has been one of the most prolific responders to this group because he is among the most involved, the best known, and cares more than most about the art form. I am sure that if someone were to pick Allington, Kimble, Inomoto, or whoever, and start a thread discussing one of them, it would easily get considered responses from folks. Tony, being on here, has been responsive and easy to talk with, and will take the time to detail some process or technique which is invaluable in executing/appreciating a cutaway.
Wish I were there to buy he and the child bride a round at the local pub this evening.
I would also like to know where anyone has shut down conversation or criticized anyone harshly on this list. There is a non-response thing on occasion, but the posting tends to be probably 20 or so who do the bulk of the load carrying here. If someone things that isn't right, their own participation and contribution could easily be increased, unless they have nothing to contribute. Having been involved in various chat boards over here (on US drag Racing), some of the heaviest bitching would always come from folks who didn't contribute anything in the first place. Seems to be happening here, it seems.
How about everyone step back and consider the treasure trove of material that has come up here. I can't wait to see the new material that Marc has pulled together out of his Asian cache of stuff that he just retrieved. Should make things interesting.
OK, will let that go now. Hope it wasn't too long for some of you to read ... sorry, couldn't pass it up.