I am excited to announce I will be working with IMSA again in 2015 creating the art for the official IMSA Spotter Guides.
Starting with the Rolex 24, IMSA will print a ‘Race Viewing Guide’ booklet available at the circuit as per 2014.
Online, we will be reverting back to the traditional 11×17 Poster Style Guide for you to download which should make things easier! The online guide will be released on spotterguides.com and imsa.com on 19th or 20th January and will be updated during the week as new drivers are announced.
The TUDOR United Sports Car Championship and FIA World Endurance Championship share the bill at The Circuit of the Americas this weekend and SpotterGuides.com have guides to make your experience more enjoyable at home or the track.
NISMO will be sponsoring the remaining FIA WEC Spotter Guides following the huge success of the 24Hr Le Mans Spotter Guides where we had over 93000 downloads to date.
There are two versions of the Spotter Guide available for the IMSA events. The IMSA Viewing Guide booklet is available to download here, or printed at the circuit, while for CoTA and Petit Le Mans, Andy Blackmore Design will also be releasing a traditional ‘Poster Style’ version of the guides. This is a trial, so let me know what you think below.
The TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Raceday Viewing Guide incorporating the Spotter Guide is now available to download for this weekend’s round at Long Beach. Prototypes and GT-LM’s feature in this race on Saturday. You can visit the dedicated TUDOR page on SpotterGuides.com or on the Official IMSA website. The guide will also be available at the circuit.
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.
After a successful six years producing the official American Le Mans Series Spotter Guide, race car livery designer, Andy Blackmore has partnered with IMSA to produce a new Fan Raceday Viewing Guide for 2014
The new style guide features all 67 cars with their liveries along with driver rosters, chassis, engine and class details for every car in the Tudor SportsCar Championship. In addition, 40 of the Continental Tires SportsCar Challenge cars are also shown in the guide which will be updated prior to each race.
The guide is produced by IMSA and Andy Blackmore Design and is currently being printed and will be available at the circuit, but the online version, released today has the very latest driver list and liveries including some designs not seen before. Continue Reading
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.
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.
November 1st sees the launch of the new IMSA.com website, which will provide all the official series coverage for the Tudor United Sports Car Championship and Continental Tires Sports Car Challenge.
With my long association with the IMSA run American Le Mans Series, I was asked to provide illustrations for each style of car in the 2014 United Sports Car Championship to educate visitors of the class structure. Another example of how Spotter Guide Illustrations can be used for multiple projects.
IMSA also used my side illustrations for their Competitor Bulletin on the new number panels and class branding.
This is a great example on how a team or sponsor can use the Spotter Guide artwork to help their VIP’s and guesta at the circuit, in addition to building brand awareness.
Porsche North American agency, Momentum Worldwide, contacted me last month to create a special ‘z-card’ Porsche Spotter Guide layout for their VIP’s at Petit Le Mans. Porsche has a huge presence at the blue riband events such as Petit Le Mans and have their own building constructed on top of the hill, above the pits.