Tuesday, 10 August 2010

VSCC Prescott Hill Climb 2010 Report

Vauxhall 30/98 Special at Shelsley Walsh 1913 (Acrylic on Board)

Done as a live painting session this piece was based on a photograph of the Vauxhall 30/98 Special on its last record breaking run at the Shelsley Walsh circuit.. According to some poeple it was rumoured to have a speed boat engine under the bonnet, as Vauxhall were making speedboats at the time.
Not sure how much more needs to be done to this really I like the loose feel.

Morgan Super Aero once owned by Henry Laird

The body of this Morgan was once owned by the famous Henry Laird, it still sports the original Union Jack on the side. The had lain dormant for 50 years and is now running and looking great.

Caesar Special as campaigned by Doc Taylor

Brough Superior Car
Frazer Nash

I had a really great time at the Prescott Hill Climb where I spent most of the time on the stall painting at my stall. I managed to catch the last few runs up the hill, one of which was James Baxter who broke the course record for the second time that day (just over 40 seconds).
I met loads of interesting people especially Spencer and Hazel who ran the stall next door. Thanks to My wife for taking the pictures above and making the tea, and also thanks to my father in law Nick for helping out.

I also finally met Stefan Majoram. A fantastic artist who was sketching in the paddock. To see more of his work please have a look at his Flickr site:

Monday, 9 August 2010

GN V8 (Final Piece)

GN Grand Prix JAP V8 vs Frazer Nash at Mallory Park 2007
Acrylic on Board

Here is the final GN V8 piece. I went more detailed than I usually do for this piece and went with a bit of colour. The colours on the GN bodywork are pretty varied so I thought I'd include it. It is now available to buy online at my shop or alternatively please mail me:

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Le Puy Notre Dame Report 2010

A quick watercolour sketch of the Morgan Three Wheelers parked up at Le Chai De La Paleine
All packed up and ready to go.
Who said you couldn't get two three wheelers on one trailer!

My lovely wife Rowena and her Father Nick Taylor in the Paddock at Le Puy feeling very happy with themselves after getting through the rally on the previous day with no problems.
View of the paddock from the back of the Family.
Wow looks like those green t shirts were popular!
Amilcar parked up outside the bar on the first night.
A Nash in lovely condition parked up outside the track.
The ever useful Citroen H van.
Ravat bike with JAP engine. really love the styling on this bike.
New Map with a JAP motor
Monet Guyon
A small, belt-drive 2 stroke - very popular with the crowd!
This guy was really wrestling his Darmont Special through the chicane!
Jon Mattey, before his rear sprocket collapsed!

Gordon Naisby's MX4 SS that he has owned since 1949, driven in this demonstration by his son David.
Gary Caroline in his 1932 SS MX4

On the Sunday I met an amazing artist Jean-Marie Guivarc'h who was sketching in the paddock. His pen work was an inspiration to watch. If you want to see more of his work his website is:

I asked him if he did this professionally but he said "no just for fun". I'm pretty sure he must be an illustrator of some sort his work is too good to be just a hobby.

Nick Taylors 1924 Aero "The Black Pig"

Darmont Morgan

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

VSCC Prescott Hill Climb 2010

Orchard Corner

VSCC Prescott Hill Climb 2010

7th - 8th August

Prescott Hill, Gotherington, Cheltenham, Glos. GL52 9RD

I will be running a stall at Prescott this year. This is the main VSCC event of the year with

250 Pre-war sports and racing cars split into 16 Classes there is a huge amount to see. As well as trade stands and entertainment.

This year there is a PRINCE HENRY VAUXHALL GATHERING The Prince Henry Vauxhall, the ‘First British Sports-Car’ celebrates its 100th Birthday this year. There are only eleven cars in existence, and it is hoped that at least five, (possible more) will be on display and parade up the hill.

Times (Subject to change)

Saturday 7 August Practice Runs commence at 9.30am

Sunday 8 August Competitive Runs commence at 10.00am


Ticket Prices Members: In Advance On The Day
Saturday £5 £15

Sunday £15 £25

Under 16s free

Ticket Prices Non-Members: In Advance On The Day
Saturday £8 £15

Sunday £20 £25

Under 16s free

More info here:

I will be running a live painting session throughout the weekend as well as displaying my wares.

Hope to see you there!

1925 Bugatti Brescia Lake Find Watercolour

1925 Bugatti Brescia Lake Find
A5 Watercolour

This is a watercolour sketch of the Lake Maggiore Bugatti. This rare 1925 Bugatti Brescia 22 Roadster was retrieved from Lake Maggiore in Switzerland in 2009 after being at the bottom of the lake for 70 years.
Earlier this year it fetched an incredible €260,500 at auction. "The winning bidder – a European collector representing the Peter Mullin Collection in California – will show the car in its present condition in his museum, whereas the underbidder – an American – had intended to restore the car.”

The full article on this car can be found here:

Eric Fernihough at Brooklands Watercolours

Eric Fernihough on the banking at Brooklands
A4 Watercolour

Eric Fernihough at Brooklands 11th March 1938 on his streamlined Brough Superior.
A5 Watercolour

Here are two watercolour pieces based on photos of Eric Fernihough at Brooklands where he had a garage by the perimeter of the track on the Byfleet Road.

Eric Fernihough world record holder was killed at an record attempt at Gyon, near Budapest, in Hungary in 1938 on his Brough Superior JAP. His streamlined Brough left the road at high speed, supposedly due to a gust of wind affecting the steering - though theories about the accident abound to this day.

Fernihough reached about 180 mph in 1938 with this machine. He also held the solo flying mile record (163.82 mi/h in 1936), the solo flying kilometre record (169.8 mph in 1937), and the sidecar flying kilometre record (137 mph in 1937).

Basil Davenport in his GN cyclecar 'Spider'

Basil Davenport in his GN cyclecar 'Spider' at Skegness racing trials, Lincolnshire, circa 1925.
A4 Watercolour

This is a watercolour piece based on a photo of British racing driver Basil Davenport (1903 - 1979) in his GN cyclecar 'Spider' at motor racing trials on the sands at Skegness, Lincolnshire, circa 1925. Davenport built 'Spider' himself using parts from Archie Frazer-Nash's GN company.

(Oringinal reference Photo by FPG/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)