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#3601 Tony Matthews

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 13:50

In your mailbox Tony.
I agree I would have preferred to have seen your rendering, but honestly I don't think the Autosport quality paper would have done it proper justice.
On the other hand, there is now a new Yoshikawa available.

Yep, thanks Marc, apologies for not aknowledging it, my excuse is that I'm researching loft-ladders for a client! The cutaway certainly looks 'period', I wonder if we will be able to date it. I don't think the paper would be a problem, just look at the photographs reproduced - very high quality. Any way, not worth thinking about! Back to loft ladders...

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#3602 macoran

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 14:04

Nissan 300Z ad in early 1990s Road&Track
4 page barn door fold-out (I think that is what it is called) with the 300Z cutaway, photos and other detail sketches.
An in-house Nissan cutaway by their ad dept, or, I think this may even be either a David Kimble or a Kevin Hulsey piece.
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This one appeared a few issues later, printed on a relatively transparent paper which we would call “calque” in Holland. Backing it a glossy colour photo of the Z.
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Posted 31 January 2010 - 14:31

I still think there are distinctive personal features to each Flight artist's style - I especially like Joe Picarella's - a bit like Frank Munger.

I presume "Joe" would be Giuseppe Picarella ?
This Boeing AEWC is signed by Giuseppe Picarella
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Posted 31 January 2010 - 16:30

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Is it just me, or is that less clear than a B&W line drawing? Especially in complex areas like the cockpit. Looks nice, though!

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 17:18

Is it just me, or is that less clear than a B&W line drawing? Especially in complex areas like the cockpit. Looks nice, though!

I think that severe digital downsizing has caused quite some pixel disruption, so that when we try to zoom in we get a rather messy rendering
Those aircraft cutaways are so bloody large, they defy proper downsizing.
I have one of the Airbus A380, which came folded in a magazine....................it is 24 A4s !!!

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 17:37

I'm sure that has affected it, Marc. I'd like to see the full size, un-scanned print. However, my point about B&W line is that it can be enlarged and reduced significantly without losing detail. Actually, that is less true than it was, pre-digital. I may be writing this to a background of violins, but you can't beat off-set litho from a clean litho negative for razor-sharp prints of linework.

Edited to say that I have a Texaco Sierra Cosworth poster that is 8 metres by 3 metres, in 16 sheets! Want me to scan it? I was going to put it in the bedroom, around two walls and a bit on the ceiling, but I didn't like the idea of the fold in the middle... No other reason, you understand...

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 18:27

a Texaco Sierra Cosworth poster that is 8 metres by 3 metres, in 16 sheets! Want me to scan it?

:) How big is your scanner Tony!

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 18:30

my point about B&W line is that it can be enlarged and reduced significantly without losing detail.

Absolutely true, unless where, like me you have a lot of old magazines where the once black lines have faded to sepia level.

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 20:24

:) How big is your scanner Tony!

A4 - I reckon 1,714 scans should do it.

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 23:15

Yes, but they are not shown. The essence of technical illustration is to show!

I knew I had some photographs of the Dagrada FJ somewhere.
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Posted 31 January 2010 - 23:22

Just got my copy of Inside 100 Great Cars in the post
Got a few more copies as well as a set of The Car 1-96, so lots to scan soon

Here is an Index of Inside 100 Great Cars
Where the artist has not been credited directly in the book, but where I am sure, I have added artist name in bold.

Inside 100 Great Cars Editor David Hodges
Cutaway Credit

AC Cobra Danny Mercer
Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Tony Townsend
Alfa Romeo P3 London Art Tech………………………..Tony Matthews
Alfa Romeo 2900 National Motor Museum
Alfa Romeo Giulietta / GTV Paul Shakespeare
Alpine A110 QuattroRuote…………………………… Bruno Betti
Amilcar Jeremy Gower
Aston Martin DB2 / 2-4 James Allington
Aston Martin DB3S
Aston Martin DB4 / 5 / 6 Inkwell Studios
Aston Martin V8 Martin Donovan
Auburn Speedster Tony Matthews
Audi Quattro Audi AG
Austin Seven Roy Haynes
Austin Healey 3000 Keith Harmer
Bentley 4 ½ litre Tony Matthews
Bentley Continental Paul Bambrick
BMW 328 Inkwell Studios
BMW M1 Technical Art
Bristol Sixes Roy Haynes
Bugatti Type 35 Tony Matthews
Bugatti Royale Inkwell Studios
Bugatti 57 Inkwell Studios
Cadillac V16 Roger Farrington
Chevrolet Corvette General Motors
Chevrolet Camaro / Pontiac Firebird Jeremy Gower
Citroen DS QuattroRuote
Citroen SM QuattroRuote………………………. Giulio Betti
Cord 810 Inkwell Studios
Daimler Double Six Paul Shakespeare
Datsun 240Z Jeremy Gower
DeDion Bouton Voiturette Quadrant Picture Library………..Brian Hatton
Delage D8 Inkwell Studios
Delahaye 135 Danny Mercer
Delaunay Belleville F6 Inkwell Studios
De Tomaso Pantera Paul Shakespeare
Duesenberg Model J Inkwell Studios
Facel Vega Danny Mercer
Ferrari 250 GTO Tony Matthews
Ferrari Daytona James Allington
Ferrari Dino
Ferrari 308 John Lawson
Ferrari Boxer Jeremy Banks
Ford Model T Inkwell Studios
Ford Thunderbird Ford Motor Company
Ford Mustang QuattroRuote
Frazer-Nash James Allington
Hispano-Suiza Alfonso Inkwell Studios
Hispano-Suiza Type 68 Caarl Knowles
Horsch V12 Inkwell Studios
Isotta Fraschini Type 8 Inkwell Studios
Itala Grand Prix Paul Shakespeare
Jaguar SS90 / 100 Tony Matthews
Jaguar XK J. Creese
Jaguar D Type Tony Matthews
Jaguar E-type Brian Mayor
Jaguar XJS Autocar/Quadrant Picture Library……. Vic Berris
Jensen Interceptor Inkwell Studios
Lagonda 4 ½ litre Roy Haynes
Lamborghini Miura Keith Fretwell
Lamborghini Urraco Martin Donovan
Lamborghini Countach QuattroRuote
Lancia Lambda QuattroRuote
Lancia Aurelia Paul Bambrick
Lancia Stratos Martin Donovan
Lotus Elite Tony Townsend
Lotus Elan James Allington
Lotus Esprit Caarl Knowles
Marcos Inkwell Studios
Maserati 3500GT QuattroRuote…………………………. Bruno Betti
Maserati Bora / Merak QuattroRuote…………………………. Bruno Betti
Maybach Zeppelin
Mazda RX7 Roy Haynes
Mercedes Benz S series Inkwell Studios
Mercedes Benz 540K QuattroRuote
Mercedes Benz 300SL Karl Ludvigsen Picture Library…..Keith Fretwell
MG T series Inkwell Studios
MG MGA Jeremy Gower
Mini Paul Bambrick
Morgan three wheelers Roger Farrington
Morgan four wheelers Paul Shakespeare
NSU RO80
Packard V12 Inkwell Studios
Pegaso John Lawson
Pierce Arrow V12 Inkwell Studios
Porsche 356 Grose Thurston
Porsche 911 Technical Art
Porsche 928 Technical Art
Rolls Royce Silver Ghost Jeremy Gower
Rolls Royce Phantom III Inkwell Studios
Rolls Royce Silver Shadow Orbis Publishing
Sunbeam 3-litre Les Shaw
Talbot 25/90 and 105 Paul Shakespeare
Talbot Lago Inkwell Studios
Tatra 77 / 87 and 97 Jeremy Gower
Triumph TR2 and TR3 James Allington
TVR Tuscan and M series Terry Davey
Vauxhall 30/98 Roy Haynes
Volkswagen Beetle Paul Bambrick

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Posted 01 February 2010 - 09:32

Yet another 'Cutaway King' - Frank Munger (Aeroplane, Apr 99).
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Posted 01 February 2010 - 21:45

Yet another 'Cutaway King' - Frank Munger (Aeroplane, Apr 99).
Warwick.

:up: Top stuff Waka
Now I hope someone finds a bit of a biography on James Allington

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Posted 01 February 2010 - 21:49

Just got my copy of Inside 100 Great Cars in the post
Got a few more copies as well as a set of The Car 1-96, so lots to scan soon

Here is an Index of Inside 100 Great Cars
Where the artist has not been credited directly in the book, but where I am sure, I have added artist name in bold.

Inside 100 Great Cars Editor David Hodges
Cutaway Credit


Lotus Esprit Caarl Knowles


Caarl Knowles is the credit for this cutaway in the book, but I have a B&W line rendering which is signed Andrew Dibben.

So....what or who is Caarl Knowles ?

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Posted 01 February 2010 - 22:02

Nissan 300Z ad in early 1990s Road&Track
4 page barn door fold-out (I think that is what it is called) with the 300Z cutaway, photos and other detail sketches.
An in-house Nissan cutaway by their ad dept, or, I think this may even be either a David Kimble or a Kevin Hulsey piece.


I find it difficult to tell whether these are drawn with hand utensils or using computer rendering/illustration, although the drive train break-out is styled to appear hand-drawn. Very professional stuff.

BTW - isn't it gatefold?

#3616 macoran

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Posted 01 February 2010 - 22:04

BTW - isn't it gatefold?

hmmm....you probably beat me at my own game Anders !!

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 04:39

:up: Top stuff Waka
Now I hope someone finds a bit of a biography on James Allington


and Tony Matthews...
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#3618 Tony Matthews

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 08:43

and Tony Matthews...
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#3619 Tony Matthews

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 09:17

Well, I've had a little think, and I can't remember a magazine article about Jim Allington. He certainly wasn't a self-publicist, and he may have turned down any approaches - only his widow would know that - spookily, her home phone number is only one digit different to mine! Every now and then I get a mis-dial...

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 10:20

I had always assumed that Allington was American (I have no idea why) but Tony's mention of the one digit difference in phone numbers along with the following shows otherwise...

10th September 2002

Christie’s Motor Car Department has just one more sale this year: on December 3rd in London, it will include the James Allington Collection of Exceptional Cutaway Drawings, Motor Cars and Automobilia.

Auction Preview: Christie’s at the Jack Barclay Showroom, Nine Elms, London 3rd December 2002 - by Charis Whitcombe

Before the motor cars come under the hammer at Christie’s relatively small, but select, sale, buyers have the chance to bid for more than a hundred original examples of the cutaway drawings of James Allington - widely recognised as perhaps the best artist in his field. With estimates starting in the low hundreds, and subjects ranging from Triumphs and MGs to Ferraris and single-seater race cars, the auction provides an accessible means of acquiring a fascinating piece of automotive artwork.

But Allington is more than an artist: he has long been a passionate collector of cars, and several of the cars in the auction come from his personal collection. Among these cars is a 1967 275GTB/4 Berlinetta (the "4", of course, denoting Ferrari’s first production car to use the quadruple camshaft V12 engine), which James Allington bought from Mike Salmon in the early 1970s. The car is one of just 27 righthand drive models built and is offered with an original Allington line drawing cutaway. It is estimated to sell for £200,000 - 240,000. There is also a Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Recreation - but not at all bad for that - at £140,000 - 180,000. This replica was built by James Allington as a "perfect recreation" of the car that he had restored and owned for many years, the ex-Works Testa Rossa, chassis number 0770.

Auction Review: Christie’s at the Jack Barclay Showroom, Nine Elms, London 3rd December 2002 - by Charis Whitcombe

Without doubt, the Christie’s 3rd December sale provided one of the most beautiful auction catalogues ever, thanks to the inclusion of the James Allington collection. Probably the greatest artist of his generation in the field of cutaway car illustrations, the catalogue included many of Allington’s works and even a colour cutaway of a Ferrari on tracing paper, perfectly matched to a normal illustration of the car on the following page. The catalogue seemed to work well, with many of the illustrations going for well over the estimate.

An outstanding example was Lot 69, an illustration of a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO by Allington in 1997 and shown "in full colour, supremely detailed indian-ink watercolour & gouache on art-paper..." The estimate was £2,000 - 3,000 but the hammer fell at £5,500, or £6,462 including commission. Time after time, the artwork devoted to the more desirable cars went for well over the expected prices, and a large total accumulated.The relatively small number of cars on offer included some distinguished machinery but, in general, this part of the sale was less exciting than the earlier Allington artwork.

The top price of the evening was achieved by the Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Recreation, James Allington’s "perfect recreation" of the ex-Works Testa Rossa, chassis number 0770, which he had restored and owned for many years. The final bid was £130,000 (£148,250 including commission). A good price for a seemingly excellent car, although it’s not the real thing and never will be.

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#3621 Tony Matthews

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 10:52

I had always assumed that Allington was American (I have no idea why) but Tony's mention of the one digit difference in phone numbers along with the following shows otherwise...

Perhaps you missed that I was apprenticed to him, Warwick! In total I worked for and with him for nearly ten years, roughly 1961 to 1970. The last time I saw him, about six years ago, his wife presented me with my apprenticeship agreement, a very formal document complete with seal.

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 12:59

Now I hope someone finds a bit of a biography on James Allington



and Tony Matthews...


Can't help with a bio on Mr. Allington. I do have this from the 1995 Indianapolis 500 Yearbook from Carl Hungness in regard to Tony Matthews:

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 14:11

From a Japanese book that I've no clue the title of. I got this in a lot of approximately 50) books a number of years ago. The Kojima KE-009 by unknown artist:

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 14:32

Nice Tony Matthews article - any chance of slightly bigger scan? - it's hard to read.

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 14:47

Better read it quickly, the last time it was posted - by Tom West - it was removed! Gotta keep your wits about you on this thread!

Edited to say it might not have been Tom W... any road up, it didn't last!

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 15:07

Sorry about the scan size, but that is as large as I can do with my antiquated equipment. Apologies. Tough crowd.  ;)

I had it up before Tony. As soon as it came up, there was a post about how this thread is being targeted for copyright infringements so I pulled it down. I did email it to you however. Maybe it didn't get to you for whatever reason. Sorry for any confusion this may have caused.

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 19:45

i was wondering when this thread will hit the old copyright buffers ;)

but keep um coming espessialy those nice plane cutaways!

regarding phone number coincidences, my number apart from the last digit is the same as a bike mechanic in the same town as me here in germany, ive got 6 and hes got 7. now the best bit, we are both english and both have the last name Johnson. oh the fun i could have, if it wasnt for the fact the guy is ex-army! but it is quite satisfying knowing that at least once a week there is a very confused german bike owner out there.

more plane cutaways please :)



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Posted 02 February 2010 - 19:51

Better read it quickly, the last time it was posted - by Tom West - it was removed! Gotta keep your wits about you on this thread!

Edited to say it might not have been Tom W... any road up, it didn't last!


Sorry, but that one wasn't by me, but I do remember downloading it, if that counts. Maybe illegibility will help keep it posted ...
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Posted 02 February 2010 - 19:53

i was wondering when this thread will hit the old copyright buffers ;)

but keep um coming espessialy those nice plane cutaways!

regarding phone number coincidences, my number apart from the last digit is the same as a bike mechanic in the same town as me here in germany, ive got 6 and hes got 7. now the best bit, we are both english and both have the last name Johnson. oh the fun i could have, if it wasnt for the fact the guy is ex-army! but it is quite satisfying knowing that at least once a week there is a very confused german bike owner out there.

more plane cutaways please :)


Glen,
You really need to check out that Flight International site. They have a very large number of image scans up there, although they certainly are not meant for printing as they are fairly small. Get to me directly and I will send you a couple of links if you wish.
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Posted 02 February 2010 - 21:15

Glen,
You really need to check out that Flight International site. They have a very large number of image scans up there, although they certainly are not meant for printing as they are fairly small. Get to me directly and I will send you a couple of links if you wish.
Tom West


Tom
I assume you mean this site. Don't just stop at the list of cutaways, go to the "ARCHIVE" button. They have available for viewing every issue from 1909 to 2005. It's more than worth the price of admission.

http://www.flightglo...s/cutaways.html

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 23:02

For fans of cutaway drawings there is a book called 'Inside 100 Great Cars', editor David Hodges (pub. Foulis) that has some excellent artwork including work by Allington and Matthews. Anybody else got a copy? I remember buying it in the remainder section of a bookshop for about £5. It covers 'road' cars, but this means 250 GTO's etc besides VW Beetles. Most of the 100 drawings haven't been posted here, yet.

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 23:08

@Tom: message sent.

@Al: glen is now a happy little bunny :) probebly brcause its late and the last drop of Bordeaux has just been polished of, but i cant find that "ARCHIVE" button you talk of. any hints?



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Posted 02 February 2010 - 23:17

@SWB: looks like we need to send someone over to Hay-on-Wye

#3634 Tony Matthews

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 23:22

For fans of cutaway drawings there is a book called 'Inside 100 Great Cars', editor David Hodges (pub. Foulis) that has some excellent artwork including work by Allington and Matthews. Anybody else got a copy? I remember buying it in the remainder section of a bookshop for about £5. It covers 'road' cars, but this means 250 GTO's etc besides VW Beetles. Most of the 100 drawings haven't been posted here, yet.

Steve

See post #3611

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Posted 03 February 2010 - 00:07

@Tom: message sent.

@Al: glen is now a happy little bunny :) probebly brcause its late and the last drop of Bordeaux has just been polished of, but i cant find that "ARCHIVE" button you talk of. any hints?



Here you go Glen. Do a search on topic from start year to stop year. Did a search for Max Millar and came up with at least 100 returns.

http://www.flightglo...hive/index.html

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Posted 03 February 2010 - 00:37


Think this page needs a few more automotive cutaways. Here's one, a Cresswell 1958 Vanwall.

http://img36.imagesh...l58vanwall.jpg/

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Posted 03 February 2010 - 05:21

a cutaway (I think it's by David R Jones :well: ) in a slightly different style - more 'artistic' (if that's the right phrase)...
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#3638 Waka

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Posted 03 February 2010 - 05:25

Can't help with a bio on Mr. Allington. I do have this from the 1995 Indianapolis 500 Yearbook from Carl Hungness in regard to Tony Matthews:


Brian,
many thanks - managed to file it away in case it vanishes again - Warwick

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Posted 03 February 2010 - 05:30

more plane cutaways please :)


Is this thread devoted to cutaway artists or cutaways of motor vehicles? I'm happy to post non-car cutaways but I don't want to offend anyone. My interest is in the cutaway as a work of art & the genius that creates the art work.
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Posted 03 February 2010 - 06:06

Is this thread devoted to cutaway artists or cutaways of motor vehicles? I'm happy to post non-car cutaways but I don't want to offend anyone. My interest is in the cutaway as a work of art & the genius that creates the art work.
Warwick

You won't be offending me, Warwick .. after all, the thread does say "The cutaway drawing..." rather than "The cutaway CAR drawing.."
I'd like to think there are others out there who, like myself, do not restrict their interests to be so narrow as to exclude aircraft, locomotives (steam, please..), boats, and even machinery - the latter preferably of the more extreme end of the spectrum. For an example of the latter, I think of the Napier Nomad as a peak of complexity.
Let's hope the purists (pedants?) don't throw a bucket of cold water over this fascinating thread.
Again, my thanks to all of you who have made contributions to it: very much appreciated indeed. :up:

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Posted 03 February 2010 - 13:37

^^^ ....what the man sayed... :up: :up:

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Posted 03 February 2010 - 18:44

Please step back away from the light ...
Not to try to change the momentum here, but this board is on AUTOsport Magazine Bulletin Board, so it is, by definition, automotive related. I actually started really collecting aircraft illustrations and took them more seriously than the automotive drawings as they were much more consistentlly impressive, although the highs weren't nearly so high. They just didn't, from my US perspective, have all of that simplistic Rex Burnett-influenced stuff. Shouldn't we keep this on automotive work, and maybe start a related board, with which I would have no problem.
Maybe I have sensitivity when the politically correct crowd tries to make everything equal by expanding the definitions ... and I say it has to stop somewhere. If not here, where??? If not now, when???

Sorry ... did I actually write that???
Will just send out a couple of AUTOMOTIVE illustrations in compensation for that unspeakable expression.
As always, remember that this is only for academic study of the art, science and voodoo practice of the cutaway drawing, and not intended for reprint or any commercial use of any sort. All of the copyrights are held by the author or publisher, or someone not me.

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This is the Clarence LaTourette version of the stunning (when it came out) Corvette Split-window coupe of 1963. This was part of the roll-out publicity in November of 1962 for the new '63 StingRay ... published in Car & Driver.


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Posted 03 February 2010 - 18:51

And now for something completely different, but still built in the US and still an automotive subject ... and still not for any commercial or pleasurable use of any sort, but only for intellectual and artistic reference, and having historic import only. None of this pleasuring yourself to these drawings ... nothing like that.

OK, now proceed ...

This is another LaTourette illustration, which I believe has been up here previously. I had cleaned it up a bit so figured I would include it just to make sure. This is the Dolphin Formula Junior which was built out of San Diego, one of the key dolphin watching areas of which I am aware. Well, with the exception of the plaza in Mexico where I walked with the adult film actress on the last day of ... oh, never mind ... This illustration was published in Car & Driver, August, 1961.

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Posted 03 February 2010 - 18:55

Here is another Clarence Latourette illustration out of Sports Car Illustrated, November, 1958. The classic Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa. Have seen it done better, but it is always good to see this car ... in a completely non pleasurable and only-historic and academic perspective, of course, and without any concept of commercial gain or misuse of the copyrighted material.
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Posted 03 February 2010 - 19:00

Tony

is this one of yours, I forgot I had it until I saw your other Williams cutaway a bit earlier in the thread. I cannot see an artists signature on it.

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Had it stashed in the attic for a while now until I can hang it in my new man cave if I ever get it built. I also have the same one in a cardboard tube, they were given to my Dad in the 90s by a local tyre depot the company he worked for used.

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Posted 03 February 2010 - 19:01

This is another classic C.O. LaTourette illustration out of the automotive past, the Ford DOHC V8 as used in the Indy cars of the mid-60s. This illustration was run as part of a feature on the engine in Car & Driver, April, 1964.
Please enjoy this in the academic and intellectual way that it is intended and none of that objectionable misuse of which we are all aware goes on in other places not nearly so high-minded as this Board. Thank-you for your attention.
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Posted 03 February 2010 - 19:08

I am going to move to the English roadways for a couple of illustrations by Clarence LaTourette, both Jaguar.
The first is the E-type as presented in May of 1961 in Car & Driver. Not sure much else needs be said, as this coupe was absolutely my favorite car for many years after having first seen pics of it.
The second is the Mark X sedan from the same publicaion, April of 1962.
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Posted 03 February 2010 - 19:19

I am going to switch gears a bit and put out a couple of my own pieces, which I can do pretty much anything with, so if someone wants to discuss any commercial use, please step on up. And, not one word will be entertained from the intellect police, OK?
This is a rather innovative car built by R&B chassis for one of the heroes of drag racing at the time, Gene Snow. The B was for John Buttera who was later to come out to California as a builder for Mickey Thompson, and was involved in some of his very successful cars of the time. He was also to become probably the best funny car chassis builder of the day, making some of the top racer cars for teams that needed reliable cars to run multi-events per week back at the time.
The car itself featured a new lightweight body with the color incorporated into the gelcoat of the fiberglass body. Unfortunately, the picture you see was taken maybe four seconds before complete engine detonation which ended up in the car being destroyed sitting next to the track. I ended up doing the illustration based on photos that were taken earlier that morning, so it wasn't a complete loss, although the feature article on the car had become somewhat redundant at that point.
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Posted 03 February 2010 - 19:24

This drawing was one of my contributions to the Car Craft Cutaway of the Month series that I did for a while. Charlie Allen was one of the major Dodge teams at the time, and would end up with new pieces and parts and much of the promotion from the Dodge News Bureau because of it. In this case, the new Dodge Challenger was being introduced with the funny car body on this car. I ended up shooting my reference photos inside the shop, with pretty limited access while the car was being lettered. We couldn't move it outside because it was too cold, and the gold leaf they were using for the lettering kept screwing up. Allen's shop was literally about 100 yards from where I lived for a few months after we moved to Los Angeles, although I didn't realize it at the time. I still see Charlie on occasion as he runs the Firebird Raceway in Phoenix today. Also see his old crew chief around quite often.
Anyway, enough with old home week ...
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Posted 03 February 2010 - 19:30

I am going to finish up with a Fuel Altered. This class of car was one of those strange things where guys would put the biggest and nastiest nitro engines in a short wheelbase cars, sort of the automotive version of Russian Roulette. If I had to tell you which cars came closest to killing me out taking photos at trackside, these things would be at the top of that list .. they might actually BE that list, to be honest.
This is a car that was built by classic dragster and funny car builder Woodie Gilmore, his only Altered chassis, I believe. The team was lead by Glenn Way, the driver, and had a bunch of guys who would float in and out between the Groundshaker, Jr., and the Groundshaker Top Fuel Dragster. As a point of interest, one of the common features of the Groundshakers was that everyone on the team must have weighed 300 pounds, except for the driver, who might have broken 140 with is suit on. The Jr. version was probably at around 250 per man, so thus the Jr. designation.
And remember, all of my stuff is available commercially ... thanks for coming out tonight ... be here all weekend ... no cover, two drink minimum ... and I know you can all handle that ...
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