Motorsport Heroes poster

Motorsport Heroes posterAfter considerable effort I’ve finally finished the latest design in my Motor Style Inc. series of prints. Motorsport Heroes has taken approximately 150 hours to complete, with a large amount of that time spent exhaustively researching all of the drivers and cars featured in the 15 individual illustrations.

The concept for this poster was to collectively show the wide variety of designs in global motorsport series, particularly during the classic decades of the 1950’s to 1980’s, when many highly iconic racing machines and legendary drivers competed in events around the world. I was very keen to only feature drivers that personally won many races (and championships) and chose cars that achieved great results and/or are considered to be fine examples of automotive engineering and design. I entered the 1990’s only to include 7-time F1 World Champion Michael Schumacher – and to add the beautiful Jordan 191 – one of my personal favourite modern F1 designs. A few close-up details:

AndrettiRöhrlNuvolariMass + IckxMossPrints are available from søciety6

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1970’s Grand Prix heroes

1972 Lotus-Ford 72D1973 Tyrrell-Ford 0061975 Ferrari 312T

Here’s some more illustrations from my Motorsport Heroes poster project. This time showing three world championship winning cars and drivers from the 1970’s:

  • Emerson Fittipaldi ~ 1972 Lotus 72D
  • Jackie Stewart ~ 1973 Tyrrell 006
  • Niki Lauda ~ 1975 Ferrari 312T

Three iconic designs from what is surely the greatest decade for Formula One car design.

1985 Australian Grand Prix, Adelaide

Keke Rosberg - Adelaide 1985Patrick Tambay and Stefan Johansson - Adelaide 1985I’ve been poking about in the dusty old Rylee Vault again, and have come up with a couple of illustrations produced 27 years ago!

These are storyboard images, created for an advertisement promoting the Adelaide race, which was at that point held in South Australia. This was a student project of mine which involved shooting a video concept, and was part of my Certificate in Commercial Art. Unfortunately only these two illustrations survive from those that I produced, but I do remember them as the better images from the set.

The top illustration is coloured pencil on black heavy weight paper, and shows Williams-Honda driver Keke Rosberg, who went on to win the Australian Grand Prix – the first time that Adelaide had hosted a race in the Formula One World Championship.

Below that is an illustration completed in ink and coloured pencil. It shows Stefan Johansson (Ferrari #28) ahead of Patrick Tambay (Renault #15) as they race up to the East End Markets section of the Adelaide street circuit.

We can all be an 8-Bit Champion!

8-Bit ChampionA retro game inspired design for all those that have won (or wish they could win!) a grand prix championship on a home video console. A reminder that we can all be champions in the comfort of our own home. And yes, I’ve won a few myself …

Available to purchase as a T-shirt, throw pillow, iPhone skin and more from søciety6.

8-Bit Champion by rylee8-Bit Champion

1991 Australian Formula One Grand Prix

1991 Williams-Renault FW14, Nigel Mansell

1991 Williams-Renault FW14, Nigel Mansell

 

Equipe Ligier Gitanes and Leyton House Racing teams, pit lane, 1991 Australian Formula One Grand Prix

Equipe Ligier Gitanes and Leyton House Racing teams in pit lane

 

Mark Blundell in his Brabham-Yamaha

Mark Blundell in his Brabham-Yamaha BT60Y

 

Inside the Fondmetal-Ford garage

Inside the Fondmetal-Ford garage

 

A casual Nigel Mansell

A casual Nigel Mansell

 

As I’m currently in the process of moving house again, I’ve just come across a collection of photographs I took at the 1991 Australian Formula One Grand Prix, held on the parklands circuit in Adelaide, South Australia. This was the famous race held in torrential rain which was won by Ayrton Senna, who only completed 14 official laps before the race was stopped. As you can see above, the weather was fine when I was there on the first practice day, but not so on the Sunday!