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Update and North American celebrations

I have been very busy (not complaining!) the first part of the year and updates to the website has taken a back seat while I give all my clients my full attention. Post Le Mans ‘should’ be quieter.

I’m currently on vacation in the Canadian Interior (thankful for Scheduled Posts!), so I wish my fellow Canadian residents and citizens a very happy Canada Day, the 150th birthday of Canada as a country we know of today.

Also, a Happy 4th July and Independence Day to those south of the border.

Two North American racing icons. Only natural the Ford GT is decked out in the Maple Leaf as its built by Multimatic in Ontario.

You are welcome to use the above image, but please be respectful and do not crop out my logo.

Once I’m back, I’ll update the site in the summer with lots of updates from Subaru Team BMR, CJ Wilson Racing, AERO Paint, Turner Motorsport and Scuderia Corsa amongst others.

 

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Dunlop Le Mans Spotter Guide live (updated post Scrutineering)

The Dunlop Le Mans Spotter Guide for the 24 Hours of Le Mans has been released on sister site, SpotterGuides.com

Sponsored by Dunlop Motorsport (Europe), the guide features car, chassis, driver details and is updated as needed during race week. The only guide which is kept up to date in this way.

You can download the guide at www.spotterguides.com/17lm

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Spotter Guides update

Been a busy few months with liveries and Spotter Guides, so updates have been less frequent on here than I would desire.

Anyway, a big update on the site in a few weeks with many of the 2017 liveries, but first off, just to let you know a number of new Spotter Guides have been released on sister-site, SpotterGuides.com

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In addition to the usual IMSA WeatherTech and Continental Spotter Guides, updated for each race weekend, I have recently released the Official IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama Spotter Guide and the Official Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America Spotter Guide. Both series racing this weekend at CoTA.

With these four series, a total of 13 cars will be carrying my liveries, plus a couple more I helped on a little. Pretty cool!

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New Liveries for Jeff Courtney Racing

Pirelli World Challenge Team, Jeff Courtney Racing have a new look for 2017 with two new liveries on their Maserati GT4’s.

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With different sponsors for Jeff and Fred Roberts, we chose a new unified team identity with different coloured vibrant accents.

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The distinctive bulges on the top of the front fenders carry the accents and showcases the flowing form in this area.

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The angled graphic gives a sense of speed and also allows large mass of white areas for the team sponsor.

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On the team’s 2017 debut, Jeff finished with the fastest GTS time in opening practice at Virginia International Raceway earlier today.

 

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AERO Paint Signature Livery Series by Andy Blackmore Design

I have been fortunate to work with one of my long standing clients, AERO paint, producing a new series of liveries, which we have named the AERO Signature series.

Going forward, this livery will showcase AERO’s products using their Satin Liquid Steel (shown below) alongside Gloss and Semi-chrome blue and red accents, flowing over the car, taking its inspiration from the sweep used in the AERO logo.

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The first car that will carry this identity is the AERO CEO, James McGuire’s Ligier JSP3. This will race in the Michelin Le Mans Cup across Europe. Run by ELMS LMP3 Champions, United Autosport, the AERO branded car will stand out at the front of the pack.

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MOUTAIN MOTORSPORT / MONSTER ENERGY LAMBORGHINI SUPER TROFEO LIVERIES

I was recently commissioned by Ryan Hardwick and business partnerDustin Farthing, to create a livery for their two car Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo entry in the 2017 Lamborghini Super Trofeo North American championship. Two of four liveries in this years series.

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Dustin is a 17 time Nation and World pro-class Water sports champion. With his transition to auto-racing, his Dustin’s Huracán will feature Monster Enegery sponsorship and carry the iconic bright green accents on a Matte Black base with a cool interesting Chrome Black finish.

I chose to keep the design relatively clean and am using some of the cool form and creases of the supercar for the location of the accents.

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Rockstar Energy / Nexen Tire Toyota iM Livery for Papadakis Racing

Formula Drift Champion winning team, Papadakis Racing commissioned me earlier this year to create a new livery for their all-new Formula Drift car, the Toyota Corolla iM (Toyota Auris in some markets).

I had previously styled a number of liveries for Papadakis way back to the Team Need for Speed days when current champion Frederic Aasbo joined the team.

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With the Scion brand and the ‘tC’ model disappearing from the market place, Toyota needed to showcase a new product. The easy option would be the Toyota 86, but the 5 door iM was chosen instead.

Not your typical Formula Drift car, despite its Corolla heritage, we need to make the car stand out and look dynamic.

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While team owner Stephan Papadakis developed their own bodykit, I started work on some concepts. These first round concepts show some of the early variations. Traditionally Rockstar have busy liveries with tight corporate identity requirements, but with a design chosen, their feedback was for a cleaner livery, so working with the Marketing Director, Jen Horsey.

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Hankook Tire Formula Drift Guide launched

The  latest iteration of the Hankook Tire Spotter Guide for Formula Drift has been launched on sister site, SpotterGuides.com. In its fifth year, the guide features the eight Hankook shod cars in their year’s Formula Drift Championship which starts later today in Long Beach.

Download the guide here, or if you are at any FD event in 2017, look for the Hankook Hauler, or during the Autograph session.

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Nexen Tire Formula Drift Spotter Guide launched

Nexen Tire have commissioned me to create another ‘toon’ styled Spotter Guide featuring their entries in the Pro class of the 2017 Formula Drift Championship. The guide also includes the livery I designed for Papadakis Racing

Download on the sister site, SpotterGuides.com, or if you are at the various FD events in 2017, they will be available in the paddock

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New livery for Adrian Flux Subaru Racing and Team BMR

Following a successful debut season for the Subaru Levorg GT, Team BMR Racing will return to the British Touring Car Championship supported by, Adrian Flux insurance complete with a new livery.

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This was my third livery commission from Team BMR and Brand Pilot and this year and we developed the 2016 livery design which could become  interchangeable over time with different brands and colors, without diluting the look.

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Taking reference from the italic Team BMR logo, I created a graphic with various Rhomboids (slanted rectangles) across the with accented strips either side in Dark Grey or Process Blue which is a corporate color for Adrian Flux. The Darker Blue used is a deep metallic vinyl and provides a good contrast to the White base required by Subaru and the team. These graphic areas also give clear defined spaces to the partners which help visibility at speed.

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New Panoz Avezzano takes to the track

I was recently comissioned by the Panoz organisation to create a classic style livery for their new Panoz Avezzano race car which will race in the Pirelli World Challenge in 2017.
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We explored a number of avenues including recreating the original Panoz livery, which I designed way back in 1995, but in the end we went for a design which referenced the Red and White of later cars including the LMP1.

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More recently, I had designed the 2014 DeltaWing livery for Panoz.

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IMSA and Rolex 24 Design and Artwork update

The start of the 2017 North American Racing season gets underway this weekend with the opening round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and IMSA Continental Tires SportsCar Challenge at Daytona International Raceway and I have been busy preparing for it for months!

Livery Design

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While there are a couple I can’t talk about, I have a number of race liveries I can showcase.

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In the WeatherTech championship, my client Turner Motorsports returns with their BMW M6 GT3 in the GTD Class with a slightly updated livery in support of new sponsor Kettera.

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During 2016, I also gained a new client with Scuderia Corsa and have worked with them on various sponsorship and livery updates during the championship winning 2016.

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2017 IMSA Spotter Guide is now live

The Official 2017 IMSA Spotter Guide is now available to download at its own dedicated page at sister site, SpotterGuides.comThe guide will also be available at the events section of IMSA.com

New regs, new cars, new liveries and lots of new driver combination makes the Official Spotter Guide a must. The guide will be updated later in the week with any driver or livery additions (probably after Tech is completed). Livery wise, all except Rebellion have previously been confirmed.

If you are at the circuit, a printed guide/program will be available later in the week.

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The guide also features a number of my own liveries.

Thanks to the teams for their help with reference of the guides, to IMSA of course, the proof readers and you for downloading and sharing the guide!

 

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2017 IMSA Spotter Guide release schedule

I will be partnering with IMSA again in 2017 to produce their Official Spotter Guide for the series. This will be released in print form (at the track) and online at SpotterGuides.com

The online guide will be available here, at SpotterGuides.com, and a smaller size version at IMSA.com from Tuesday 24th January. This will be kept updated during the week.

The guide will be updated prior to each event and the plan is to have this online on the Monday before the race from Round 2 (Sebring).

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Liveries for LAP57 UAE and Saudi Arrows ahead of 24h Dubai

Snowed under with livery and Spotter Guide work at the moment, so just a quick post to show off two liveries which will be used at the 24H of Dubai later this week.

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First off, LAP57 UAE are one of the most well known middle-eastern teams and have entered most of the 24H Dubai races, I remember attending in 2011 and seeing them racing their Integras. The team have developed and they will be running a new JAS built Honda Civic Type-R to TCR Touring Car regulations.

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The team wanted a clean livery which left space for sponsors over the coming races and a development of their current look.


The livery has come out really well. Probably one of the cleanest liveries I’ve designed in quite a while, but it works with the Blue and White contrasts.

The team even sent over an additional video showing them applying my logo – Thanks guys! Really appreciate this.

The other entry is running under the new Saudi Arrows team.

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This team commissioned me to create a design quickly after seeing my previous work at the 24H including the Saudi Falcons and the 2011 winning Team Need for Speed BMW Z4’s.

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This was one round of design with basic placement, so we developed a design based off an element of their logo, Taking the arrow head and elongating. This livery was also designed for a McLaren 650 GT3 and Radical race cars. For this event, the Audi R8 will be run by 2016 winners, WRT.

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You can follow the race with audio and vision at RadioLeMans.com or the race site.

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Livery Design for CJ Wilson Racing and WinWard Racing

Long term client, CJ Wilson Racing, recently announced a partnership with Porsche GT3 Cup team, WinWard Racing to run a Porsche Cayman GT4 ClubSport in the IMSA Continental Tires SportsCar Challenge.

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The Techemet design incorporates the CJ Wilson Racing graphics introduced last year with Graphite and chrome Blue hues. The original CJWilson Racing design allowed for its use regardless of color and sponsor and this shows how the graphic can work across multiple liveries as shown below on their 2016 designs

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Livery Design for Corey Fergus and Moorespeed Racing

Leading Porsche racer, Corey Fergus has been a client for a number of years, campaigning  various Porsche’s in the Pirelli World Challenge with an AERO supported ‘paint’ wrap including the Porsche Cayman below.

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For 2017, Corey has teamed up with Moorespeed Racing to race in IMSA’s Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA with the new updated Gen 2 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Car.

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Livery Design for VOLT Racing’s McLaren 570S GT4

New race team, VOLT Racing, promoting the VOLT Lighting brand recently commissioned me to design a livery for their new McLaren 570S GT4 in the IMSA Continental Tires SportsCar Challenge.

VOLT lighting corporate colors are a vibrant yellow and black and the team wanted to utilize a florescent yellow/green vinyl for the car to really stand out on track. Combined with Graphite Grey, this gives maximum contrast. The livery has been designed to be very clean and utilize the lines of the McLaren.

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Andy Blackmore Design on DriveTribe

As you may have seen, a new social media platform has been launched called Drive Tribe. Fronted by Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond, the basic concept is centered around hundreds or groups, or Tribes as they prefer to call them. You can make your own tribe and you can join tribes which interest you.

DriveTribe has the potential to be successful, but we will see. I was accepted to become a member of Drive Tribe a while back and had a tribe for a while as the platform was tested. Drive Tribe is now live, so welcome you to take a look at the two tribes I have created.

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