In 1958, John Bond of Road & Track magazine and Strother MacMinn collaborated on a concept for an American car designed to compete at LeMans. Here's what it might have looked like if Briggs Cunningham was able to take the realized concept to LeMans in 1962.
I made a more thoughtful sketch of the vehicle and when I merged it with the scene, thought that zero-g would look more fantastic. The awkward position of the rear wheel relative to the kid with the cowboy hat will be resolved in the final line layout.
I wanted to do this color scheme, somewhat in reference to John Player Special black in gold, but using matte black and copper. The motor and body are non-existent. I just stuffed some bits in there to fill the space. If you want some specs, we'll just call it a straight six with some sort of blower attached to the front.
Imagine this image, shown here cut up and stacked, as one long mural, 100 feet long, nine feet tall. This mural is installed in Honda R&D's Raymond Ohio facility and shows some important "characters" in Honda's racing history.
Top to bottom, reading left to right first:
Silver car- Curtiss airplane engined custom racer built and raced my Mr. Honda around 1924. Body/chassis is a Mitchell.
Motorcycle- Jim Redman on the dominating Honda RC163 (250cc). It won every race it entered during the 1962 season.
Yellow car- 12 hours of Suzuka class winning Honda S800 (1968).
White car- 1965 Mexican GP winning 1.5 liter RA272. Driver Richie Ginther (USA). Honda's first grand prix win.
Motorcycle- Freddie Spencer on board the 1985 championship winning NSR500.
Lower car- Ayrton Senna in the constructor's championship winning McLaren-Honda MP4/5. His teammate, Alain Prost won the driver's championship.
Upper car- Alex Zanardi, Reynard Honda. 1997, 1998 champion.
In the greatest days of Detroit styling, the typical studio had experts in the design of trim and ornamentation. Detail didn't get much grander than items like this 1951 Pontiac hood ornament. It's probably a hefty 3 pounds of metal. With fuel economy and profit margins today, such extravagance is not considered on the everyman's car, and very rare even on the most luxurious brands. The fine detailing and design on the classic item are amazing. It's a bit of sculpture that had no purpose on the car, no function, apart from style. Common '51 Pontiacs got the regular all chrome hood mascot, but this was the special lighted amber version, a small bulb inside would illuminate the chieftain's head. The absolute peak of hood ornament design may be the 1955 Starchief amber head ornament. Where the '51 recalled the art deco Raymond Loewy locomotives, the '55 took the Chieftain into the jet age, sprouting broad swept chrome wings and slick blended turbine pontoons. After '55, the Indian head disappeared, and only the jet remained. Somehow it lost a lot of its drama. The distinction of the brand eroded enough for decades after so that by 2009, hardly anyone missed Pontiac when GM dissolved the brand. How can a brand retain distinctive character and attention to detail in a more economy driven auto design world? Will we see a rebirth of art in the common car some day? I don't see why not- it may not be chrome, but some light, less expensive material that provides adornment and individuality...
Pontiac hood ornaments
Paul worked at our company for decades. I "painted" his car in Photoshop, tweaking the proportions somewhat for a more dramatic effect. The background is a mix of scanned in painted surfaces for a more analog texture.
The second design in the "decals that never existed but I wanted to have one so I made it from scratch" series.
In 1963, Mr. Honda proposed that his company should enter Grand Prix auto racing, despite only building passenger cars for only 1 year. By 1964, Honda entered it's first GP with a driver from Glendale California named Ronnie Bucknum. In 1965, learning quickly, the new chassis with a transverse 1.5 liter V12 was competitive, and a second car driven by veteran Richie Ginther dominated the field at the high altitude track in Mexico, easily scoring the first victory for Honda, but also the first of many wins for Goodyear as a tire supplier in Formula One.
Photoshoppery. There's a lot of examples of cars Photochopped to short cartoon proportions http://www.treehugger.com/small-photoshopped-cars-01.jpg
There are some cartoon cars in production, so I took the opposite approach here and did a stretch of a Fiat 500.
I created this fake decal a while back from scratch in Photoshop. During the extremely successful McLaren and Williams Honda years, Honda would create stickers to celebrate each GP win. I don't think they were made in the 1960's, so hypothetically, they might have looked like this. There were only two Honda F1 race wins during the first era (1964-1968) so it was easy to do both. Spent hours looking for the right feeling vintage fonts. The Honda lettering was reconstructed into a more primitive, slightly awkward form to fit the logic of time and usage. the decay texturing was manipulated from a texture grabbed from Mayang's Textures (website, thanks)
Had sudden inspiration on the way home this evening and sketched this up. Hopefully I'll dial in the details and render it up nicely some time. Another thumbnail colored up quicklike. Merging a 49 Ford with a GT40 in gulf livery.
Thinking about T buckets, I wondered what it would look like just to modify the stance of a Model T, and not mess around so much with the detail. Keeping the stock spoke wheels, but doubling them up in back. Fast couple of 1.5" thumbnails above. Took the tighter one and colored it up in Photoshop. Low res results, but very quick.