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The Last Run

"The Last Run" by automotive artist, © Thierry Thompson

“The Last Run”, Gilles Villeneuve exits his #27 Ferrari 126C2 at Zolder, Belgium, 1982. © Thierry Thompson

The first time this image caught my eye, it was in the pages of a fairly new publication at that time called, ” Automobile Magazine “. The image was so direct and powerful of the late Ferrari pilot, Gilles Villeneuve, that it immediately captivated me and has held my attention to this day.

The image was accompanied with a brief article on the artist, Thierry Thompson, and his poignant image of Gilles titled ” The Last Run “. It immediately struck an emotional cord showing Gilles climbing out of the cockpit of his Formula 1 Ferrari 126C2 for the last time on that fateful day in Belgium, prior to his last qualifying appearance on May 8, 1982. The red number 27 is symbolically parked with one wheel over the yellow pit line – a metaphor of his relentless drive to win at all cost, often crossing the line.

From that first time I saw the image, it took me some time to track the artist, as search engines and the internet in the late 80’s were in their infancy. Once I was able to find his address in Carmel, it was still difficult to get in contact with him, let alone find him or a gallery that sold his artwork. I did finally contact a gallery by telephone and was able to talk to a very kind lady to express my interest in the image. At that time, she did explain that the run of images had sold out, but that Thierry would be doing a “redux” run of the same image, with a minor change – adding a touch of fluorescent colors. Although the “redux” edition is almost an identical to the original, I preferred to acquire an original version of the print.

When Thierry opened his gallery, Light + Shadow Fine Art in Carmel-by-the-Sea, I paid a visit there. I was immediately greeted by the gallery director and Thierry’s wife, Beverly. A kind and friendly person, I have visited the gallery on several occasion and always enjoy spending time talking to her and the work that Thierry has done and is currently working on. I have yet to meet Thierry, as the demand for his art work, keeps him at his studio most of the time. I am looking forward to one day meet him.

This brings me to Thierry’s image of Gilles. For years, I have been watching eBay to see if this image ever came up for sale. I have bought several of Thierry’s images through eBay and have never been disappointed. The beauty, the brilliant colors and complexity to which Thierry captures the details in his work, makes me fortunate to own several his wonderful prints.

Finally, it happened. ” The Last Run ” was listed on eBay after more than a decade of me patiently waiting and almost 3 decades since I first saw the image. After watching and waiting for the right opportunity, I bought the image. It is an ” Artist Proof “, meaning that it is one of about ten or so that were printed and which the artist approves before the limited edition run of 500 are made. To say that I am elated to finally have this image in my collection is a vast understatement!

I finally have the image of Gilles that I have always wanted.

Vic

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Grand Prix

Grand Prix Movie Poster © Copyright 1966 MGM/Warner Bros.

Grand Prix Movie Poster © Copyright 1966 MGM/Warner Bros.

American Grand Prix driver Pete Aron (James Garner) is fired by his Jordan-BRM racing team after a crash at Monaco that injures his British teammate, Scott Stoddard (Brian Bedford). While Stoddard struggles to recover, Aron begins to drive for the Japanese Yamura team, and becomes romantically involved with Stoddard’s estranged wife (Jessica Walter). American Grand Prix driver Pete Aron (James Garner) is fired by his Jordan-BRM racing team after a crash at Monaco that injures his British teammate, Scott Stoddard (Brian Bedford). While Stoddard struggles to recover, Aron begins to drive for the Japanese Yamura team, and becomes romantically involved with Stoddard’s estranged wife (Jessica Walter). American Grand Prix driver Pete Aron (James Garner) is fired by his Jordan-BRM racing team after a crash at Monaco that injures his British teammate, Scott Stoddard (Brian Bedford). While Stoddard struggles to recover, Aron begins to drive for the Japanese Yamura team, and becomes romantically involved with Stoddard’s estranged wife (Jessica Walter). John Frankenheimer directed this winner of three Academy Awards, crafting split-screen images to capture the overlapping drama and orchestrating you-are-there POV camerawork to intensify the hard-driving thrills. Nearly 30 top drivers took part in this ground-breaking 1966 film. Buckle up to race with the best!John Frankenheimer directed this winner of three Academy Awards, crafting split-screen images to capture the overlapping drama and orchestrating you-are-there POV camerawork to intensify the hard-driving thrills. Nearly 30 top drivers took part in this ground-breaking 1966 film. Buckle up to race with the best!John Frankenheimer directed this winner of three Academy Awards, crafting split-screen images to capture the overlapping drama and orchestrating you-are-there POV camerawork to intensify the hard-driving thrills. Nearly 30 top drivers took part in this ground-breaking 1966 film. Buckle up to race with the best!

[source: YouTube]

Weekend of a Champion

Jackie Stewart © image respective owner.

Jackie Stewart from the documentary, Weekend of a Champion © image respective owner.

Roman Polanski’s racing documentary about Jackie Stewart and his weekend during the Monaco Grand Prix has been remastered and will be re-released for the US on May 20th, available for download through iTunes and DVD through Amazon.

In 1971, motor racing fan Roman Polanski spent a weekend with world champion driver Jackie Stewart as he fought to win the Monaco Grand Prix. Polanski was given intimate access to Stewart’s world for three days, both on the track and off. The result is an extraordinarily rare glimpse into the life of a gifted athlete at the height of his powers. Forty years on, Polanski and Stewart meet once again. In a remarkable post-script, they discuss the sport, both past and present, with a unique and unmatched perspective. [source: iTunes]

 

 

20 Years Ago, The Loss of a Racing Hero

Ayrton Senna © image respective owner.

Ayrton Senna © image respective owner.

 Ayrton Senna da Silva, March 21, 1960 – May 1, 1994

 

 

Ayrton Senna McLaren MP4/8 © 1993 image respective owner.

Ayrton Senna McLaren MP4/8 © 1993 image respective owner.

“If I ever happen to have an accident that eventually costs me my life, I hope it is in one go. I would not like to be in a wheelchair. I would not like to be in a hospital suffering from whatever injury it was. If I am going to live, I want to live fully. Very intensely, because I am an intense person. It would ruin my life if I had to love partially.”  – Ayrton Senna

 

Home” theme from the documentary movie, Senna.

 

Ayrton Senna in his Williams Renault © 1994 image respective owner.

Ayrton Senna:
The inside story of the Formula One legend’s death at Imola

 

 

Ayrton Senna da Silva © 1994 image respective owner.

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[music: “Home theme” from the movie, “Senna” iTunes]

(video source: YouTube)

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Mister Grand Prix

James Garner as Pete Aron in John Frankenheimer's Grand Prix © Respective owner

James Garner as Pete Aron in John Frankenheimer’s Grand Prix. Image © 1966 A Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved

American Grand Prix driver Pete Aron is fired by his Jordan-BRM racing team after a crash at Monaco that injures his British teammate, Scott Stoddard. While Stoddard struggles to recover, Aron begins to drive for the Japanese Yamura team, and becomes romantically involved with Stoddard’s estranged wife.  (c) 1966 A Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved

 

MONACO -The Golden Age of the Grand Prix

 

If you love racing and photography, then you know the name Jesse Alexander.  He is the world famous motorsports photographer, who is best know for covering the world of racing during what many call “the romantic” period.  At 84 years of age, he’s made thousands of photographs, covering the world of motor racing for the last 60 years and he’s authored at least ten books devoted to auto racing – all which have become collector’s items.

Recently, Jesse has gone back into his archives and uncovered many previously unpublished images, which has prompted his latest project, MONACO, a celebration of the Grand Prix weekend in that famous principality on the Mediterranean.

This is not just an auto-racing book. What he’s tried to do is to paint a picture of the glamour, excitement, and romance of the golden age of motorsport in this tiny country that once a year hosts the most famous Grand Prix race in the world.

Steve McQueen, Princess Grace, Prince Rainier, and many other celebrities were all part of that amazing scene. There were also classic Grand Prix cars with legendary drivers behind the wheel, like Sir Jackie Stewart, Phil Hill, Stirling Moss, and Juan Fangio.

His new book, MONACO: THE GOLDEN AGE OF THE GRAND PRIX, captures them all and much, much more.  The book is a large 12″x12″ hard cover and consists of 160 pages of black & white and color images, many never seen before, with a beautiful Foreword by Sir Jackie Stewart. It will retail between $50-$60 USD.

Jesse is taking a different approach in publishing this book and has decided to self-publish MONACO using Kickstarter to make it happen. Please join me and the rest of the backers on Kickstarter, in bringing this exciting project into the world.

UPDATE: 11/02/2013

It looks like the pledge goal of 15K for Jesse Alexander’s Kickstarter project has been met in just under 2 days!  I’m sure the project amount will reach a point where he will be able to produce the kind of photography book that he envisions!  Congrats, Jesse!

UPDATE: 11/03/2013

You can track Jesse’s Kickstarter project below:

In Memoriam, Ayrton Senna.

Senna2

Ayrton Senna da Silva,  March 21, 1960 – May 1, 1994

“These things bring you to reality as to how fragile you are; at the same moment you are doing something that nobody else is able to do. The same moment that you are seen as the best, the fastest and somebody that cannot be touched, you are enormously fragile.”
Ayrton Senna

Home Theme – PLAY:

Grand Prix of San Marino

Remastered version of the tribute originally released in 2010.

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[music: “Home theme” from the movie, “Senna” iTunes]