The Speedhunters car culture program reached out to me towards the end of September for a livery re-fresh of their Need for Speed Porsche 911 RWB which had been on show previously at SEMA.
SEMA is the largest trade after market car show in the world and takes place every year in Las Vegas in November. The show is huge so its vital to create something that is a talking point so its remembered.
With the desire of a refresh and timescale our options were extremely limited. Speedhunters wanted to call out reference for the 1965 Monte Carlo Rally classing winning Porsche 911 of Herbert Linge and David Falke which carried the number ‘147’. While this was Red, the brief called for something Black, more sinister and ‘home-grown’ in appearance but with Rally influence.
I was recently asked to appear on one of Slipstream great series of podcasts with hosts Dusty Michael and Scott Elkins.
I talked about how I started from my days at Uni and McLaren and my transition from vehicle styling into livery design. Also a few tips and tricks of the trade. Finally I touch on how Formula Drift is really NASCAR for the 21st century 🙂
Its a long one, so grab a coffee. Links below. Thanks for the opportunity Scott and Dusty, it was great fun.
I was commissioned by Henrique Cisneros of MOMO Motorsport back in 2014 to create a roadcar livery for a special Morgan three wheeler. Unlike previous MOMO products, branding was to be minimal as it would be for show and road use and the base color would be a chrome blue.
Morgan were most helpful with their design team supplying their logos and scale line drawings to ensure everything was accurate. As you can see the design from the outside was based upon a retro chrome strip graphic on the Blue chrome base, with some designs being integrated into the exhaust position.
Leading UK team, Team BMR will bring Subaru into the 2016 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship and commissioned me to create a rendering to head the announcement. Completed last month, the render features the Subaru Levorg, a model only available in certain European and Asian markets with a BTCC spec body kit which was created in conjunction with Team BMR. For the release, the now ‘traditional’ Team BMR Black base was used. Was a cool render to create.
This marks the third Subaru supported team I have worked for. I also create the livery design for the Subaru Rally Team USA (Vermont SportCar) and Subaru Canada (Rocket Racing Rally)
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.
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.
I was recently interviewed by RXSpeed about our design and styling process of Ken Block’s Honnicorn Mustang RTR which was built in conjunction with Vaughn Gittin Jr’s Mustang RTR brand and AutoSport Dynamics (ASD).
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy Chanukah!
Thanks to all my clients, past, present, and future for making 2014 an awesome year. Thank you to all those who supported the Spotter Guide series with Downloads, Sponsorship or spreading the word on Social Media.
This image features on my latest Newsletter, which you can read here. It also covers an update from SEMA and some cool news on 2015 Spotter Guide series….
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.
The Scion Tuner Challenge is known for attracting the top builders and turning out some of the most radical automotive creations each year at the SEMA Show, so we’re honored to announce that we’ll be participating with a build of our own this year. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Tuner Challenge, Scion have mixed things up by choosing three of the top media outlets to compete against each other. Super Street will represent print, GT Channel as video, and of course Speedhunters as your digital media source of all things car culture.
True to form, we’re brainstorming behind the scenes to bring you guys the type of stylistic automotive mash-up you would only expect from Speedhunters, and we’ve teamed up our resident car builder, Keith Charvonia with designer Andy Blackmore to develop the build. Scion will be kicking in an FR-S and they’ve given us less than 90 days to transform the car from bone stock to show stopper. The FR-S has just arrived and we’re tearing into it now, so stay tuned for build updates.
Follow along right here on Speedhunters and ScionRacing.com, and let us know how you would build a Scion Tuner Challenge FR-S in the comments below. You never know, your ideas might even make it into the build!
One of my previous projects with Speedhunters for SEMA was the Mustang RTR-X which I designed with Vaughn Gittin Jr., While the Scion Challenge has a significantly smaller budget, we plan to be different and create somethings striking….
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.