It has been a crazy week at SEMA for me this year with various meetings and launches of various cars, but one of the main highlights was Speedhunters ‘Maximum Attack’ Scion FR-S winning the 2014 Scion Tuner Challenge earlier this week.
Andy Blackmore, Scion Corporate Manager Dave Harbuck and Speedhunters Technical Editor Keith Charvonia
Hot rod car builder, Keith Charvonia of Charvonia Design, created an amazingly detailed build to an exceptionally high standard, with our reference to the old 70’s and 80’s IMSA heritage and a reason for everything on the car we managed to take the win narrowly from SuperStreet, who had previously won the Fan Vote.
Thanks to everyone who took the trouble to vote for our build last week. It is much appreciated. Thank you to the many partners on the build along with Super Street Magazine and GT Channel who produced awesome builds.
You can read about the other builds and liveries at SEMA here. Thanks again for the vote and the support.
The 2014 edition of the SEMA Show in Las Vegas was a very special one for me. The SEMA show is the largest aftermarket automtive show in the world and one of the largest shows of any kind in North America. This trade only event attracts hundred of thousands of trade visitors and thousands of cars.
This year, I had ten designs at the show including thee builds and eight debuts. It was amazing to see all the vehicles made even better with my design for the Scion Tuner Challenge, the ‘Speedhunters Maximum Attack Scion FR-S’ winning the competition and the debut of the Ken Block 1965 Mustang ‘Hoonicorn RTR ‘which I styled. I hope the variety of designs from the Hoonicorn through to the all new global livery for Maxxis shows the diversity of design which I can create.
The Maximum Attack Scion FR-S by Speedhunters, created for the 2014 Scion Tuner Challenge has now been released to the public and a Fan vote is now underway.
Three teams are competitng for the Fan Vote and an overall Judging at the SEMA show next week.
I partnered with Keith Charvonia of Charvonia Design to create a special track day racer inspired by the early days of my client, IMSA, and the introduction of Japanese manufactures to American racing including the legendary TRD Celica by Dan Gurney’s All American Racers. You can read more about the design process HERE.
I have been fortunate to work with Speedhunters and car builder Keith Charvonia on their entry in the 2014 Scion Tuner Challenge, which will be showcased at the SEMA show in November. I recently published a post on the detail design process for Speedhunters which is now available in the Portfolio section.
I was recently contracted by Electronic Arts and their Speedhunters car culture blog to design the look of their entry in the 2014 Scion Tuner Challenge at SEMA in November. The car builder is Keith Charvonia who built one of the stars of the show, a Kaiser, back in 2012 and has been featured on Jay Leno’s Garage web-video series. We have less than 90 days and a $10,000 pot of gold to transform the car.
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.
Speedhunter’s Rod Chong originally contacted me last year to work on some ideas for new liveries to replace the iconic Team Need for Speed identity which I designed in 2010. Despite ‘Team NFS’ ceasing to exist a couple of years ago, the asymmetric has continued with updated Speedhunters branding for Fredric (below).
Round Two of the Tudor United SportsCar Championship, the 12 Hours of Sebring takes place this weekend and I am delighted to confirm an additional livery in the series for Camp Boggy Creek, Bayshore Recycling and PR1/Mathiasen Motorsport. This makes a total of nine cars racing at Sebring with my liveries!
Sponsor Bayshore Recycling commissioned me earlier this month to design a livery for their new affiliation with Camp Boggy Creek – the Florida-based camp for seriously ill children. The tie-in with Camp Boggy Creek came through team partner Bayshore Recycling’s desire to highlight a worthy charity for the 2014 season. The decision to form the partnership with Camp Boggy Creek is thanks to the late, great Paul Newman.
Formula Drift Fan Favourite, Danny George reached out to me for his 2014 livery. Danny has been competing in Formula Drift for a couple of years with a first generation Mazda MX-5 Miata. In 2013 his introduced crowd sourcing and the ability for fans to donate and have a picture on his car in a camouflage livery. For 2014, Danny wanted a new design around the same concept for his new purpose build second generation (NB) Miata.
These two race cars will catch the eye even when they are standing still thanks to brand new race liveries created for the team by renowned automotive artist, Andy Blackmore.
Team owner, CJ Wilson can barely contain his enthusiasm. “The new race season is here and we have been looking forward to it greatly. As a team we trended upward and won some races last season – and keeping all four of our drivers together makes our team even stronger than 2013. After two years of developing we really feel like this will be our best year yet from a partnership standpoint and from the pit crew and driver perspective everyone is amped and ready to fight for a championship.”
The eye catching new team liveries are also helping to raise Wilson’s excitement levels. “Our MX-5s look fantastic! We have kept the same graphical shape but we have added new types of material to both wraps. The #3 and the #5 cars will be showing up in a lot of Daytona pit lane pictures for sure!”
24-hour sports car endurance races are as much a matter of survival as competition – an adage even more accurate this week, as DeltaWing Racing Cars prepares to battle more than 60 fellow competitors in the inaugural event of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
A host of new elements have made the virtually nonexistent off season an interesting one for the DeltaWing team: a new livery, designed by Andy Blackmore Design, a new tire (the Prototype class runs exclusively on Continental tires), a new television network (all TUDOR Championship races will be on the FOX network) and of course, the new series itself. With the former American Le Mans Series and Grand-Am series now united, the Prototype class has grown to a whopping 18 cars.
As the beginning of the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season descends upon us in just a couple short weeks it is with great pleasure and excitement that we release the new livery design for the No. 94 BMW Z4 GTD entry for the Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona. Since the decision to run the new Z4 platform in 2014 was made there has been a multitude of changes to our program; with a new car comes new equipment, new parts, new procedures and of course a new graphics package.
“With the transition to the new Z4 cars, we felt we needed to evolve our current liveries into something that would be suitable for the extreme curves and unique lines of the Z4 body.” Commented Will Turner. “We wanted to make sure the new Z4 livery preserved the historic Turner Motorsport look and colors but also wanted it to give us something new and exciting and I think this Andy Blackmore livery does both. Blue and yellow BMWs are synonymous with Turner, standing out from the competition year after year.”
The blue and yellow livery dates back to 1997 with Will Turner’s first E36 World Challenge Touring car which was indistinguishably modeled after the 1995-96 Renault British Touring Car liveries. The bright combination of the royal blue and bright yellow jumped off the TV screen setting the cars apart from the rest of the field.
Audi AG announced their 2014 TUDOR United Sports Car Championship campaign earlier today including an Audi R8 LMS Ultra for Californian based race team GMG.
There was a strong desire from the team for a clean design with interesting finishes (more to come on that!) and not using the ‘Blade’ as a colorway divider. GMG has a cool graphic logo present on most of their race cars through the years, so wanted to isolate that out and make it integral to the livery. The livery will make its debut at the Rolex 24 at the end of January.
Owner, Alex Welch will be joined by James Sofronas who took second place in the drivers championship of the Pirelli World Challenge. Audi Sport customer racing drivers Frank Stippler who came in the third place in last year’s race and Marc Basseng will join the team as they strive for success in the new Championship.
The second Andy Blackmore Design Newsletter is now available and contains information on the Tudor United Sports Car Championship Spotter Guide for 2014, latest liveries and a festive message, as shown above.
You can view the newsletter here
Or view the 1st newsletter here
Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and a very happy new year!
Long time client, Saudi-Falcons showed off their all new Porsche 991 GT3 Cup cars this week ahead of the opening round of the Porsche 911 GT3 Challenge Middle East this weekend.
Developed from the 2012/13 livery, the design has evolved with the Saudi Falcon graphic moved rearward on the all new car to accommodate series branding and other sponsors. As before, the two car team will run in different colours. Previous Champion and Red Bull Athelete , Abdulaziz Turki Al Faisal will run in Blue and Chrome Blue while current silver GT3 Challenge ME ‘Silver’ Champion, Faisal Binladen will run in the tradition Green and Chrome Green associated with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Watch out for a full post, but in the meantime, check out the rest of these awesome images from Abduallah Al Rodan and Crank and Piston here.
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Ensuring your race team, brand and partner stands out on track in 2014 is more important than ever.
With a premier new championship in North America, brand recognition through a striking team design and livery is important where full or oversubscribed grids will be the norm and multiple classes, of which many will have limited TV exposure. The series has also introduced new number and positon placements which will make livery designs more challenging.
Europe sees similar challenges with new rules in the Prototype class of the WEC taking the headlines and a wide range of GT championships including British GT, Blancpain Endurance Series, FIA GT and GT Open.
2014 is already taking shape for many teams with sponsorship and livery proposals underway. My first 2014 livery will be shown in a couple of weeks.
In preparation, I have built up an extensive selection of four view templates to kick start any livery projects which you commission. The majority of these templates have been created using OEM information and data.
The first Andy Blackmore Design Newsletter is now online. Designed to showcase my work to fans and teams, the newsletter will be an occasional email. The first issue is directed at drivers, teams and sponsors to ensure they are ready for the challenges which 2014 will bring.
The next newsletter will follow in December and have a Holiday/Christmas theme complete with a little bit of a challenge thrown in!
There after, the newsletter will be less regular so it doesn’t feel up your in boxes.
Drop me a line if you have an exciting project you want to discuss at SEMA. I will be at the show Tuesday 5- Thursday 7th November. Use my contact form on the website or leave me a message on Facebook or Twitter (links below)
It may only be October, but the first 2014 race seasons are now underway in the Middle East. The UAE Touring Car Championship runs until Spring 2014 and will race on all the major middle eastern tracks including Bahrain, Dubai and this past weekend, Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi.
I recently completed a design for Irish racer Jonathan Mullan on his fully rebuilt Honda Integra R. The team, based in Abu Dhabi had seen my Saudi Falcons work and required a livery a little different from the norm, but with a black base and green accents as per their two main sponsors EC Harris and ZettaNet.
I worked up a spoof Muscle Milk Delta Wing livery for DailySportsCar.com while I was at PetitLe Mans (luckily having a plain white DW on my laptop). This followed continued rumours about Muscle Milk Pickett Racing for 2014, many of them very wild of the mark.
So, despite DSC clearly stating ‘For those of you that have a satire or sarcasm filter, this is NOT TRUE; it is meant to actually lighten what has been a rather intense and sometimes not enjoyable season‘, I’ve seen forum, FB and Twitter posts saying otherwise. Good old Internet.