I am very pleased to announce the 9th Le Mans Spotter Guide has been launched, thanks to a partnership with Dunlop Motorsport.
As with previous years, the guide features all the information you need, be it at home, at La Sarthe itself as a fan, marshal, commentator, media or race engineer. From Driver grading to Pit garage allocation and Twitter handle, everything is covered making this the one resource to have at your fingertips.
The third page of the guide will feature map, timetable and other useful information.
This update follows Scrutineering where a number of liveries made their debut or were adjusted including the Aston Martin Art Car.
In addition, an A4 Portrait version of the guide is also available. Smaller file size and best suited for home printing or cellphone use
The guide has all the information you need, at home, the track or even part of the many commentary teams or marshals who use the guide.
In addition to the usual Car, Driver, Engine and class details, the Le Mans guide adds FIA driver grading, Twitter handles, tyres and even their pit lane Garage location.Page Three of the guide includes a timetable, map and helpful links. Each car has been illustrated in detail, with the assistance of virtually every team.
The NISMO Spotter Guide series returns for 2015 in April with expanded coverage starting from Silverstone on associate site SpotterGuides.com. Following a very successful 2014, the World Endurance Championship Spotter Guide will be joined by the European Le Mans Series Spotter Guide for each of the five rounds.
Tthe ELMS guide is set to showcase the dominance of the Nissan P2 power plant with EVERY prototype except one using the Japanese engine! In the World Endurance Championship, over half of the P2 grid will also use the Nissan engine . These will be joined by the new P1 Nissan GT-R LM NISMO from Le Mans.
Nissan have released their revolutionary weapon for the 24Hr of Le Mans and the World Endurance Championship as part of their Superbowl advert segment. I was fortunate to be commissioned to create some illustrations for their press pack which was created by Paul Ryan Media.
Using a selection of images and renders, but no scale elevations, I was tasked with creating side and plan view illustrations of their new GTR-LM P1 machine in a very tight deadline. Produced entirely in Adobe Illustrator, this vector drawing has been built up in sections so elements can be viewed or more importantly hidden by a click of the mouse.
In addition the artwork for the wheel was then used with some of my other existing artwork for the Michelin Press release at the end of the press pack. Continue Reading
I originally trained as a car designer and in later years designed, bodykits and styling modifications for various racecars and show-cars such as the Mustang RTR-X and the Need for Speed Edition Mustang GT500 SuperSnake.
I seem to have a connection with the Mustang as my latest little project, in association with Road and Track Magazine was a Ford Mustang GTE race car concept.
The new shape Mustang has lost some of the aggression of previous generations and has ended up a more generic machine, possibly due to its Global release, so this concept (and its just that) is more menacing and based loosely off the GT350 which is currently testing at the Nurburgring with Camouflage.
The guide features all 56 cars, team, chassis, engine and driver details along with a timetable, map and current WEC points standings and is the perfect tool for watching at the circuit or from home.. Each car has been illustrated in detail, with the assistance of almost every team. Thanks to these teams, we have the most up to date visual guide available anywhere!
The guide is currently available as a 3 page A3 size PDF and as 3 separate JPEG’s (4500pixels wide) which is perfect for desktop wallpaper and large printing. A smaller A4 size PDF is available in High and Low resolution The A4 release is great for home printing and also viewing on a mobile device.
No apps or fees are required. You can download the guide HERE, along with any future update
Huge thanks to Nissan for partnering with the guide. Make sure you follow their Twitter Account @NISMO_Global
Earlier this year, I was commissioned to produce a livery for Proton Competition, one of the Porsche supported teams which competes in the WEC and Le Mans. Along with Falken Tire (who I also assisted with their 2014 991 livery), they are the only non-factory team to run a new generation Porsche 991.
In 2013, Proton changed their livery to Silver and Black design, based on Tully’s sponsorship in the US for Patrick Dempsey. For 2014 the team wanted a design which flowed along the car, not too complicated as very little time was left to design and wrap but retain the Silver and Black. As you can see, at this point, the car was to have significant branding from Eyecoon and Remus. The Remus face has been subtly adjusted so the eyes fit on the air outlet blades.
Production of the 24Hr of Le Mans Spotter Guide is well under way and am pleased to announce that, in conjunction with DailySportscar.com, Nissan will be sponsoring the Le Mans Guide once again which is apt given their domination in the P2 category this year!
Also been working on some illustrations for Nissan for their recent GTR-LM NISMO announcement.
Feel free to thank Nissan NISMO on Twitter for the Spotter Guide support if you want to help out. Timescales are tight this year, so provisionally the 1st edition of the guide will be released on the 6th June, ahead of Scrutineering on my dedicated site, SpotterGuides.com for those travelling early.
The guide will then be updated after Scruitneering. As before the guide will be available as an A3 and A4 versions which will suit printing, desktop and mobile viewing…all free of charge and without the need of an app.
A quick update, 2014 has been epic for me this year! Lots of new clients, all very happy and lots of cool fresh designs. I have never worked so hard in my life. Its surprising how little sleep you need…….
I have a total of….
4 Car Liveries in TUDOR United SportsCar Championship (DeltaWing, GMG, Turner, PR1)
4 Car LIveries in Continental Tires SportsCar Challenge (CJ Wilson Racing, Bimmerworld)
4 Car Liveries in Pirelli World Challenge (GMG Racing, Racing for Children)
4 Cars Liveries in the Formula Drift Championship (Papadakis Racing, Tyler McQuarrie Racing, Charles Ng, Danny George)
3 Car liveries in the Porsche Middle East GT Cup (Saudi Falcons & SAS international)
1 (possibly more to come) cars in the World Endurance Championship (Proton Competition)
2 Helmet Designs in International Competition (Tommy Milner – TUDOR and Le Mans, Edward Sandstrom – BES and Nurburgring) Continue Reading
The Spotter Guide series is a very successful project with fan Spotter Guides which can be downloaded free of charge from my other site, SpotterGuides.com As a number of people visit my site looking at these guides, this posts gives you a quick summary of the latest guides. Head over to SpotterGuides.com to download the actual guides.
I have released two 2013 Le Mans Wallpaper Desktops for your computer, tablet or Smartphone. The first wallpaper celebrates the Nissan powered entries in the 2013 24 Heures du Mans which includes the E-ZEOD racecar which is the ‘Garage 56’ entry at Next Years Le Mans.
The second wallpaper showcases all the entries of the 2013 race in their finishing order. You can view all the wallpapers at www.spotterguides.com
Thank you to everyone who supported and downloaded the Nissan 24 Heures du Mans Spotter Guide during the past couple of weeks.
Despite an attempt of a competitor to produce a rival guide (which ultimately failed to be released!) we broke all records on SpotterGuides.com for total number of downloads in a single day, before AND then during the race, beating our total 2012 downloads before the race and increasing our downloads by 20% at time of publication.
The biggest, most detailed Spotter Guide produced, the 2013 edition of the 24 Heures du Mans, sponsored by Nissan, is now online to download. Version 1 of the guide is available for those travelling to the event for Scrutineering. The guide will then be updated early next week, so pop back them if you don’t leave for a few days.
The Nissan 24 Heures du Mans Spotter Guide is bigger than ever with an extra resource page with circuit map, current WEC points, timetable and useful links. On the main guide pages, we have the usual car and team info, including Tyres, Fuel, Class and Engine. New for 2013 are FIA/ACO Driver Grading icons and Le Mans garage numbers.
Following numerous requests I have produced a selection of desktop wallpapers featuring just the cars from the Spotter Guide series.
The first two wallpapers feature all the entries in the 2012 Le Mans 24 hours, in their finishing order while a second wallpaper features the Grid at the 2012 Petit Le Mans. You can download the wallpapers here.
The 24 Hours of Le Mans Spotter Guide, sponsored by Nissan Sportscars(UK) is the latest edition to the 2010 range of Guides and is available as a free download at SpotterGuides.com.
The guide joins the very successful American Le Mans Series Official Spotters Guide which is updated prior to each race and the Formula Drift and British Touring Car Guides, which was released earlier this season.
The guides are a great marketing tool for race fans, at the circuit or at the race track. Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Utah GP, Team Dynamics and Need for Speed have all commissioned special versions of the guide in the past, while premium sponsors including Nissan UK, SPEED TV, The American Le Mans Series and Radio Le mans have partnered on various guides.
The ALMS guides also appears on the official site (Race hub section) and is available as a poster and on T-shirts at ALMS races.