Good riddance 2020. Who thought 2021 was going to be better? There is still time yet.
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Le Mans 2020
I have now released the 2020 Edition of my Le Mans Spotter Guide, sponsored by long-term client, AERO Sustainable Paint Technology. You can download the guide at sister site, SpotterGuides.com
March 2020 update
As with any freelancer in any industry, this is going to be a challenging time. If you are in a position to help any freelancer or local business, please do. The local shops and businesses are going to need your support, now, and after the virus passes.
The big companies and banks will largely survive. In many countries, the offers for self-employed are non existent, minimal or only available if you close your business down.
Time will tell how we, as a famiy, do, we currently have our health which is the main thing and Canada seems to be relatively pro-active on action plans.
My 2020 didn’t start well as I injured my back and shoulder through work (!) and bast posture over the years which wrote off most of February with countless tripes to the Chiropractor and Massage specialists. Just as I’m getting back to full time COVID-19 kicks in, so I’m on the back foot.
I would therefore like a refund on my 2020 experience please. It was not as described 😉
Many of my clients have been awesome, both while I was out of action with my back and now, chasing invoicing.
So, the realities, Racing has been posponed. This has a knock on effect on current work, but also future projects as teams struggle to survive.
Time to diversify.
Andy Blackmore Design at 2020 Rolex 24
The so-called ‘off’ season has been anything but here. My first 2020 livery comission came in early September with various discussions months before that and there has been no let up since.
My first full weekend off will actually be the weekend of the Rolex 24 when I’ll be miles away from Daytona watching from BC, Canada.
It has been a great year so far and I will endeavor to update the website more often in 2020, but for now a quick over view on the various liveries and art at the Rolex 24.
GEAR Racing powered by GRT Grasser
I have worked with GEAR’s Mark Ruggieri on a number of sponsorship proposals in recent months. Just before Christmas, the team decided to make a big entrance at the ROAR with a one off livery. I had two days to pull something together, if I was going to accept the challenge.
To be honest, I was already overloaded, but I’ve had an idea for a Pop-Art style ‘Art Car’ for a few years, but as its not very corporate friendly, there was never the right opportunity until now.
Le Mans 2019
I have been fortunate to have been super-busy for the first six months of this year which has resulted in the website taking a backward seat again. Its actually a great situation to be in for the past 18months or so, but I am going to find time to bring this little place up to date!
Starting off with a preview to my work around Le Mans 2019. I am very lucky to have worked on three liveries and another edition of my Le Mans Spotter Guide for the 24 Hour event.
I was comissioned by driver Wei Lu and Jeff Segal to create an all new livery for the JMW Ferrari 488, while keeping the teams iconic Yellow base. The camo livery features many references to Jeff and Wei, the history of Le Mans, Ferrari, the success of JMW Motorsport, Vancouver (where Wei and I live) and even a Chinese Dragon, drawn by my daughter!
A feature on the design will be published during race week.
I was also able to work with American artist, Richard Phillips on his art-car design for Porsche’s new Second Skin personalisation programme and the Project 1 Motorsport entry. Richard designed the livery featuring three pieces of his art and I was tasked with creating production files, branding and ensuring everything fitted to the curves of the 911 RSR.
Background feature HERE.
The third livery followed the same path. Risi Competizione reached out to me to assist on their livery. Designed by Chloélia Breton and Louise Doublet, students at the ENSAAMA School of Art, I was involved in wrap production, branding, paint and vinyl choice for this French Racing Blue Ferrari.
Background to the design is available HERE.
In addition to this, the WeatherTech Racing Le Mans 2019 Spotter Guide is nearing completion and will be online on June 7th ready for early travellers attending Scrutineering. Version 2 of the guide will be released on Tuesday 11th June and posted at sister site, SpotterGuides.com
Finally, I have partnered with Full Torque Gear with additional shirt designs featuring the iconic 24 Hours event and a range of RadioShowLimited/RadioLeMans apparel. You can purchase this and some of my other designs at Full Torque Gear.
New range of RadioShowLimited apparel at Full Torque Gear.
I have been working with Mark Mullens and championship winning driver, Scott Hargrove with their Full Torque Gear brand over recent months on a range of quality Automotive inspired apparel which is available at FullTorqueGear.com
This week, we have announced FullTorqueGear are now the official store for RadioShowLimited, the broadcasters behind RadioLeMans and IMSA Radio.
I have produced all of ‘RadioShow Limited identity over the past nine years.
A number of other illustrations and designs are also available.
More products including additional ‘RSL’ apparel will be added in the coming weeks.
(Products produced in North America and Europe depending where you reside)
FCP Euro VW Golf TCR Livery and Q&A
I was fortunate to be approached by FCP Euro to update their livery for 2019. The European parts company has a distinctive livery with set colors, so this was an evolution to make the livery more dynamic and also accomodate an increase in sponsor logos.
The livery of the two car team uses the same colors, but more dynamic with angled graphics on the side and up the c-pillar to accomodate additonal sponsors Liqui Moly and Corteco. The front bumper with horizontal ribs on the corner proved a tricky area but we turned that into a feature to stack sponsors.
Andy Blackmore Design at the 2019 Rolex 24
The so called off season has been a busy time with a fleet of liveries in IMSA and other series either complete, or in progress, plus the release of the IMSA Spotter Guide.
I have been fortunate to have been able to produce a number of liveries for teams which will be on display at the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Here is a quick summary. Full features on some of these liveries coming soon.
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
#19 Moorespeed – Audi R8 LMS GT3
Moorespeed are a long term client and I have designed their liveries for a few years in the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup. This year, they move up to the WeatherTech series with a new Audi R8 LMS GT3. Main sponsor Bardahl traditionally run in black and yellow. We wanted to mix it up a bit and make the car more stealth, so a mix of Gold (to tie in with the #IMSA50 celebrations) create a clean looking design which is also unique on the grid.
The livery has been well received and IMSA have used it as their flagship car to promote the Rolex24
#48 Paul Miller Racing – Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo
Current Lamborghini Super Trofeo AM champion, Ryan Hardwick has commissioned me to design his liveries in the past and returned this year to create an all new look for Paul Miller Racing with Ryan’s 1st Phrom sponsorship. This was a tricky design as another (NDA) client had an identical livery brief in terms of color, for a while, so we played with a Blue and then a Black base.
As is often the case the extra variants and revisions helped to resolve the design.
#71 P1 Motorsports Mercedes AMG GT3
I had great fun designing the Chupacabra for JC Perez and P1 Motorsport last year. The livery also ended up on multiple Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeos as well as their race haulers. This became a huge fan favourite for kids which was cool We tweaked the design this year, using a graphite base and adding in a side illustration of a Chupacabra, ready to pounce. P1 Motorsports will be racing the full season of the IMSA WeatherTech championship.
Official IMSA Spotter Guide released for Rolex24
The Official #IMSA Spotter Guide for the Rolex is now available to download on sister site, SpotterGuides.com
Quite a few ‘first looks’ including my updated Chupacabra.
If you are going to the race, there will be printed booklets available (they went to print over the weekend, so aside from updated #9 Pfaff and #29 Land liveries, pretty much complete).
Online guide will be updated with any changes later this week.
Thanks to IMSA and almost every team for helping out. 96 illustrations including 11 of my own liveries.
MASSIVE thanks to Shea Adam and Paul Marquart for proof reading. They discovered pretty quick which I color in for a living
This was a beast to produce!
Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019
Sadly, the website continues to take a back seat with a great range of working coming in. Most of my work is with motorsport liveries and these are showcased here.
2018 is way in the past, work wise (my last ’18 livery was created back in September), and was an epic year, my most successful to date. My first 2019 design was actually in August and if all the planets line up, I will have around 15 liveries at the Roar24 and Rolex24 combined. (4 WeatherTech, 9 Michelin Pilot, 1IMSA PC)
All of this wouldn’t have been possible without the support of my family, friends and the teams, sponsors and drivers who commissioned me to design these liveries, so a huge THANK YOU!
All the liveries shown have competed (or used in public, in the case of the Vancouver Canucks liveries) during 2018. A couple (the CES BMW M6 for example) were collaborations and a few are older liveries still in use today.
Also a few sponsorship proposals which never saw the light of day and a couple which are confidential with NDA etc. There were a few helmets, race haulers, race suits, t-shirt designs and vehicle styling projects along the way was well.
Signing off 2018 with wishes for a healthy, happy, fun-packed and peaceful Happy New Year.
Ken Block’s Ford F-150 ‘Hoonitruck’
One of the best kept secret’s on the net! Earlier today, Ken Block showed off his new GYMKHANA TEN toy, the Ford F150 Hoonitruck.
This is not an ordinary 70’s Ford F150.
I was commissioned to style the vehicle (not the livery though) at the end of 2016, working with a brief and feedback from the Hoonigan team.
2018 update ~ where did that go?
Where did the 2018 season go? I’ve had the most amazing season, but also easily the busiest, even busier than legendary crunch time on EA games, or back to back race weekends when I was at McLaren many moons ago.
So, with the result of up to14+ cars running on an IMSA weekend in all classes, plus others, the website had to take a back seat. I had to ensure my client work were not compromised.
However, now, I’m starting to update the site so pop back and see some of the liveries I will be highlighting including the Chupacabra P1 Motorsports Mercedes AMG GT3 racecar. More soon.
Pop back tomorrow as a new project I styled for Ken Block and the Hoonigans drops on You Tube. Somehow, its stayed a secret for two years, but this teaser below might give you a clue. All I can say is its bonkers.
2018 WeatherTech Le Mans Spotter Guide
Its been a busy few months with liveries and Spotter Guides galore. Sadly that has resulted in a lack of updates on Andy Blackmore Design. Fear not, for the 2018 WeatherTech Le Mans Spotter Guide is available to download for free on sister site. SpotterGuides.com
The guide features all 60 entries with a huge list of info on each car down to driver grades and social media handles. The guide has been update throughout race week, which ensures this is the most up to date entry list and guide online. You can download the guides here
I also produce the official Spotter Guides for IMSA (WeatherTech, Continental, Porsche GT3 Cup USA and Prototype Challenge) and for the Lamborghini Super Trofeo championships in Europe and North America. All available for free on SpotterGuides.com
I will be bringing this site up to date during the summer months, so check back for 18months of liveries!
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.
IMSA, Lamborghini Watkins Glen Spotter Guides
Official Spotter Guides for IMSA and Lamborghini are now available to download on sister site,SpotterGuides.com. As the largest online resource of Guides, we have official guides for five of the six series racing at ‘The Glen’. Thanks to IMSA and Lamborghini Squadra Corse for their support. Download your guides at SpotterGuides.com
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
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
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!
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.
With different sponsors for Jeff and Fred Roberts, we chose a new unified team identity with different coloured vibrant accents.
The distinctive bulges on the top of the front fenders carry the accents and showcases the flowing form in this area.
The angled graphic gives a sense of speed and also allows large mass of white areas for the team sponsor.
On the team’s 2017 debut, Jeff finished with the fastest GTS time in opening practice at Virginia International Raceway earlier today.
Images: Jeff Courtney Racing
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.
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.
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.
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.