Drawn to Speed: The Automotive Art of John Lander
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For automotive artist John Lander, cars are more than just transportation: "Some are beautiful examples of rolling sculpture. I try to do more than just draw pretty pictures of cars; I include interesting people, backgrounds, and try to set a mood or tell a story." The work of years, this collection of Lander's vintage car art includes more than 100 color illustrations with a short description, including comments by the artist, for each picture.
pictures show it as the Bill David Special in 1951 (left) and after the Lyons wreck, in ’54. — 20 — 1. THE RACING CARS “Milwaukee Marvel” I n the early 1950s sports car racing was beginning to take hold. David V. Uihlein wanted to build a 1.5-liter class winner. He wanted to use American know-how and ability to produce a world-beater. Uihlein, of David V. Uihlein Engineering Co., sought out E.J. Healy—an AllisChalmers engineer—and Weikko Leppanen to handle the design phase of the
found what I needed. The pretty much straight on view revealed the Bugatti frame irons and crossbar through the grille. With this information, I was able to proceed with the illustration you see here. — 68 — 4. CALIFORNIA DREAMING “Arriving in Style” T he car is the Mercedes 540K Special Coupe from the1936 Paris auto show. The setting is the famous Chasen’s restaurant in Hollywood. What do we mean, “Arriving in Style?” One of Webster’s deﬁnitions of style reads, “A mode of living, as
with respect to expense or display: elegant or fashionable mode of living.” In this picture, I wanted to show not just a beautiful car, but a way of living during the time it was built. In our fast-paced modern world of high-tech gadgets, we seem to have lost a sense of elegance and style. So, step back into a time when gentlemen and ladies dressed “to the nines” for an evening on the town. Automobiles were more than appliances to get from point A to point B. There were glamorous destinations to
“Leonidis.” Leonidis began life as one of a three-car team the factory ran at Le Mans in1935. Later in the year, engine size was increased to 939 cc and the cars took part in British trials. In October the cars were then sold to private owners. Before taking delivery, Miles had the factory install a large Marshall supercharger. In early 1937, an accident with a New York City cab left the MG with a totaled body. Luckily, John Oliveau of Grumman Aircraft Co. was available to construct new,
1951, Phil and the Alfa handily won the preliminary Del Monte handicap race. Race fans expected a repeat performance in the main event, the Pebble Beach Cup. The Alfa, however, was beginning to show its age and a thirst for oil. Hill was running in the top three until a late race pit stop for oil and water forced him to settle for fourth place. One of the new cars Hill had to contend with was the Jim Kimberly’s little Ferrari 166 M Barchetta. This illustration shows the badly smoking Alfa