Motor Sport Icons unveils new collection of aluminium prints
December 10, 2018
Motor Sport Icons unveils new collection of aluminium prints, In the Metal 3 December 2018. Online art retailer, Motor Sport Icons, has unveiled its latest collection of original aluminium motor racing prints, called In the Metal. Produced by photographer, Kyriacos Michaelides, works in the In the Metalcollection represent crucial moments in the careers of five motorsport legends of the 1960s and1970s. The In the Metalcollection, so called because the works are printed on to high quality aluminium is comprised of five original artworks; ARNOUX, CLAY, HOWDEN GANLEY, McLAREN and RODRIGUEZ. The photographer and creator of the pieces, Kyriacos Michaelides, said: “The aim of the In the Metal collection was to give the audience the sense of being within a snapshot in time at a crucial moment in an iconic drivers’ life. I want the audience to be in the same moment as the driver as they are about to step into the car to fulfil their dream or deliver an epic race. Just as the driver might run their hand over the car, or touch their name painted next to an iconic constructor, the audience can feel the aluminium of the In the Metal collection and get a sense of what that moment must have meant.”
Arnoux captures the early promise of the mightily talentedFormula 1 driver, Rene Arnoux, and depicts his 1979 Renault RS01, the first Renault Formula 1 car he drove. Later that year, Arnoux would thrill crowds at the French Grand Prix in an epic battle with Ferrari driver, Gilles Villenueve, for second place, securing his reputation as one of the fastest drivers never to win a World Championship.
Clay is dedicated to one of motor sport’s most fearsome racers, Clay Regazzoni, and his dominant win at the 1975 Italian Grand Prix in Monza for Ferrari. Prepared to win at all costs, Regazzoni took victory at Monza twicein his career, but it was in 1975, when he was being regularly outperformed by his team-mate, Niki Lauda, that he gave his most dominant performance at the circuit.
James Howden Ganley may not be a well-recognised name, even among many motor sport enthusiasts, but in 1972 his star was rising. Howden Gangley represents this season when, having won the Von Trips Rookie Trophy in 1971, he was promoted to Marlboro-BRM’s A-team. It also shows the excitement that a historic Formula 1 car can cause today, with the rear-view mirror’s reflection showing a modern-day audience crowding around the car.
McLaren pays homage to New Zealand racing driver, Bruce McLaren, and the cars he designed, manufactured and raced. Picturing the highly-successful 1967 McLaren M6A Can Am car, which won five of the sixraces it entered, McLaren hints at the hugely successful legacy Bruce McLaren would leave following his untimely death in 1970. Today, McLaren is not only a highly successful racing team, but a manufacturer of some of the most impressive road cars in the world.
Celebrating a man who, to this day, remains Mexico’s most successful Formula 1 driver, Rodriguez pictures the 1970 BRM P153 of Pedro Rodriguez. At the peak of his career, Rodriguez powered this car to victory at the Belgian Grand Prix and, in the same year won multiple sports car races in the iconic Gulf-liveried Porsche 917. Rodriguez also reflects on the career that could have been; like so many drivers in the early 1970s, Pedro Rodriguez’s life was cut tragically short in a sports car race in 1971.
Each piece is presented printed on aluminium and offered in a limited run of 25 examples, which are signed and numbered by the artist, while smaller unlimited pieces are also available.