Another successful SEMA Show in the books. My tenth visit to the largest automotive aftermarket show in Vegas, SEMA is a trade only show filled with thousands of competition cars and car builds, and this year, an insane 140,000 people.
I have over 90 images of the show on my Instagram feed, which you can view here.
I will be at the SEMA Show from Tuesday 2nd – Thursday 4th November. If you would like to meet up to discuss any project or collaboration, please do not hesitate to contact me via my contact page or social media.
I have been very fortunate to have turned my hobby into my career. Although not a big ‘design’ project, this is a special one for me. I was commissioned by regular client, Vermont SportsCar, who run the Subaru Rally Team USA program to create a Colin McRae tribute livery to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Colin’s World Rally Championship. David Higgins will pilot his Group N (JRM) Subaru WRX STi with co-driver Craig Drew.
I have tried to keep as close was we can to the original livery, swapping out tyre and fuel sponsors of the day to 2015 partners including coloration where possible. Subaru die-hards will notice we are also using the darker non-metallic blue of the early cars.
It was a very cool project to work on and as a kid from Great Britain who grew up with rallying (my god-father was a co-driver, then later I co-drove in a couple of Single Venue British Championships with my brother-in-law) it was special to be able to pay tribute to Britain’s first WRC Champion.
BAD Lambo Racing and Park Place Motorsport recently commissioned me to produce a variation on Jim Norman’s BAD Lambo Racing livery for up and coming racer, Madison Snow.
Sponsored by UIS, the basic design remains but the colors and transition has been modified. Matte Black has made way for a Gloss finish while the oranges and bright reds at the front have been merged to match the sponsor house colors, creating a deep Dark ‘Blood’ Red.
White has been introduced on the side which breaks into Silver and back to the Red to give a unique look which also but retains the basic team identity.
The original BAD Lambo livery remains (shown above).
The new livery will make its debut at the Circuit of The Americas round of the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Championship North America.
Recently created this rendering for Turner Motorsports to announce the purchase of two new BMW M6 GT3’s for the 2016 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Fun working through all the details of the currently disguised car
The livery is a development of the design I created for the team last year.
Early last year, I was commissioned by well-known car enthusiast, Benjamin Sloss to create a unique livery (below) for his Ferrari 458 Challenge Evo using state of the art AERO Paint film using Cobalt Blue AERO Liquid Metal™ on Speed Yellow livery. AERO had suggested me after working on previous designs for CJ Wilson Racing and Tyler McQuarrie Racing.
After running his Ferrari 458 Challenge car over the last year, Sloss and his wife, Christine, decided to purchase another 458 Challenge EVO for her to drive as well. With so much success on the first livery, Mr. and Mrs. Sloss decided to reverse the Cobalt Blue and Speed Yellow livery for their second Challenge car (below).
Warren Scott’s Team BMR have become a force to be reckoned with in recent years in the British Touring Car Championship. In 2015, they are running BTCC champions Jason Plato and Colin Turkington.
Warren reached out to me a couple of weeks ago for a livery to showcase their increased support from RCIB Insurance. With two weeks until the Snetterton round of BTCC and a packed schedule already in place, it was a super quick turn around on this design. A variety of concepts was initially submitted to the team before they selected this flowing design which was developed into the final concept, above.
With the artwork complete, Team BMR’s Vinyl supplied did a great job in wrapping four cars in 4-5 days. The final cars are close to the original concept with just some branding adjustments. The previous design was plain Black with a white rectangle on the bonnet (hood) for RCIB. Continue Reading
I was fortunate to work with Canadian team, Compass360 Racing on their new Audi fleet of racecars. At the end of last year, I designed a new livery for the Audi S3, which blended the traditional Compass360 look, a retro inspired Audi Sport identity with the vibrant and cool paint films of AERO.
More recently, Compass360 Racing have been preparing to make their TUDOR debut at Lime Rock Park with a new Audi R8 LMS. I collaborated on the livery with the team owner (and leading Creative Director), Karl Thomson.
The excellent Goodwood Road and Racing website featured the 1996 Gulf liveried GTC McLaren F1 GTR on their site in the lead up to this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. I designed this livery at the end of 1995, a development of another Gulf livery for the team the previous season.
Anyone who uses my Racing Wall Planner (available here) will see this weekend (27-28 June) is one of the busiest of the year. There will be Eighteen of my liveries racing or rallying across North America!
Update: While not competing, there will also be at least one design on show in Europe, Ken Block’s ‘ Hoonicorn’ Mustang RTR which I styled the body. The Ueno Clinic and GTC Gulf McLaren F1 GTR’s may also be driiven up the hill over the weekend!
In addition, my Official IMSA Spotter Guide for Watkins Glen is also available to download at SpotterGuides.com
I’m very thankful to the teams, drivers and sponsors who have allowed me to work on something I love. Now, for a quick vacation!
As birthday boy Paul McCartney once sung, ‘It was 20 years ago today…’ McLaren won Le Mans overall on their debut with a production based car, albeit a very special one
I was very fortunate to have been working at McLaren at the time and through, my employment, previous employer (Grand Prix Design – the design arm of 3001 International) and freelance commissions, I designed the majority of the McLaren F1 GTR liveries.
The easiest and quickest design is arguably one of the most well known….
A few of my clients have recently released cool videos of their race, rally and drift programs. Each carry one of my favourite 2015 liveries! Take a look
HPA Motorsports video features review of the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park rounds of the Pirelli World Challenge as the team get to grips with the new entries and the frustrations when a small dollar clip can take you our of a race. You can view Episode 1 here
The third season of Subaru’s Launch Control series is undersay and episode 2 features the debut of their Wide bodied WRX STi Sedan in Andy Blackmore Design livery.
Finally, Dean Kearney and video guru Stephen Brooks have released this video of their exploits in Round 2 of the Formula Drift series around Turn 10 at Road Atlanta.
It’s always great to get a livery commission, but there’s real responsibility in this game, particularly when there’s a brief that involves incorporating an iconic heritage livery.
Earlier this year such an opportunity arose when long standing client, Nissan and their NISMO brand asked me to assist in the design of an homage to the 1990 Nissan R90CK which Mark Blundell drove during his now legendary Pole lap at Le Mans 25 years ago (video below)
Formula Drift winner, Fredric Aasbø, debuted his updated Toyota 86-X at Gatebil in Sweden this past weekend. This vehicle will be used by Fredric extensively in Europe and has been updated for 2015 to match the florescent orange vinyl from his 2014 Formula Drift Scion tC.
As featured here, back in 2014, Toyota Norway originally wanted to retain their corporate colour on the 86-X which was a shame, but after a year of seeing the more vibrant tC in the US, it appears Toyota has relented and the original vibrant vinyl now adorns the coupe.
You can follow Fredric’s exploits in North American, Europe and Asia on his website.
I assisted in the design of the livery for the new Compass 360 Racing livery for their new Audi R8 LMS which will race, later this season, in the GTD class of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.
Developed from my livery design of their Continental Tires SportsCar Challenge entries, the liveries will continue to feature AERO Paint material and feature a design which references Audi’s previous success with the IMSA series and Compass 360 iconic florescent Orange.
Dr Jim Norman is a successful race driver, but more importantly is the most experienced parathyroid surgeon in the world and is considered the “father” of mini-parathyroid surgery. Jim has competed in Grand Am and the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship including a class win at the 2013 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona.
Jim will be adding to his TUDOR GTD endurance race duties by joining the 2015 Lamborghini Super Trofeo Series in his all-new ‘Bad Lambo Racing‘ Lamborghini Huracán LP 620-2.
Jim contacted me asking for a livery which would stand out and be visually strong enough to work so that kids would want to put a poster of this car up in their bedroom, just like many of us (older ones!) did in the 70’s and 80’s. These images shared by Jim on his social networks show the car being wrapped.
Run by Bad Lambo Racing in associated with Park Place Motorsports, Jim will be joined in the Huracán by his 21-year-old son, Josh Norman, who is making his IMSA racing debut.
Bad Lambo Racing provides Jim a platform to educate people about the dangers of high blood calcium, an under-diagnosed sign of parathyroid gland tumors.
The Speedhunters ‘Maximum Attack’ Scion FR-S which I designed for Speedhunters and top car builder, Keith Charvonia has been on the show circuit recently but made a quick stop off at Jay Leno’s Garage a couple of weeks ago. Keith was able to present the car in detail and give it a quick run on the outskirts of LA. Pretty cool to see one of my designs on Jay’s internet show.
The Scion Tuner Challenge is an annual competition where three car builders face off to build the ultimate car in 90 days and $15000 with the winner chosen at SEMA. We developed a concept around the theme of a track-day racer, married with the heritage of Japanese tin top racers in North America in the 70’s, paying particular homage to the TRD Toyota Celicas which dominated the GTO and GTU classes of IMSA in the 80’s.
You can follow the design process of the Scion HERE, or hop over to Speedhunters where Keith is posting a multi-post build diary.