Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Auto Union: The Other Silver Arrows

In 1933, the new German government saw the marketing benefits from motor racing, so they offered a subsidy for any automotive group who want to get into racing.

Mercedes decided to opt in, but they were not alone. A group of four automobile companies – Audi, DKW, Horch, and Wanderer – pooled their technical resources to form Auto Union.

Both companies had a car ready for the 1934 Grand Prix Season. Mercedes took the standard front engine/rear drive approach, but Auto Union created a mid-engine/rear drive racer, designed by Ferdinand Porsche.

After a bit of teething problems earlier in the season, the Auto Unions proved to be a successful, with wins growing by the end of the season.

Hans Stuck - Auto Union Type A
German Grand Prix - Nürburgring 1934

Pen&ink, markers and pencil on watercolour paper 12"x 9" (30.5cm x 22.9cm)
© Paul Chenard 2010
Original sketch available, as is the limited edition.

The total dominance of both the technologically advanced Mercedes and Auto Union teams was felt until the begin of the war.

Friday, 13 August 2010

Chad Hiltz’s new custom creation

I had another wonderful visit last week from my friend Peter, and one of our road trips brought us right by customizer extraordinaire Chad Hiltz’s shop. Of course, we had to stop in.

While there, we had the great pleasure of meeting Chad’s lovely partner Mandy, and their visiting friend Donnie Brown. The visit did not disappoint, as Chad rolled out his latest creation.

Peter (left) and Donnie check out Chad's art

Wow, his new custom was striking, with its bold, low-down look, and prominent pipes, sound and looks calling to attention! He’s certainly followed up his “Bat Out of Hell” with a worthy heir.

Chad has new creations also in the works, so we will have to continue dropping in for some more optical stimulation …

Bravo Chad!

Sunday, 8 August 2010

Automobiliart in Estonia

Over the past year, I’ve been corresponding with Margus-Hans Kuuse, an Estonia engineer, automotive writer and journalist living in Tallinn.

Margus has been the powerhouse of automotive information in the Eastern Bloc countries since 1970, as Editor-in-Chief of AutoPluss (Estonia) also working with AUTOCAR (England), AutoSprint, MotoSprint, Milleruote (all Italy), and is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers (England) and the Washington Automobile Press Association (USA).
Margus is also a contributor to the Beaulieu Encyclopaedia of the Automobile, for which he is the co-winner of the prestigious Cugnot award.

Earlier this year, he started the only Estonian automotive website auto mobilia and I'm honoured to have my art featured there.

You can see it here.