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Thursday, September 29, 2011

John Fitch meets Chad Glass (sort of)

For those not totally familiar with some of my recent (as of this writing) creative involvements, when following my posts one can know that, some time ago, I became involved with Stephen Mitchell's "Carrera Panamericana" documentary film, with the creation of that project's poster image that can be viewed here:

Subsequently, Stephen got in touch with one of the featured race drivers, John Fitch, and had him sign a limited run of the images. The event was partially documented via an iPhone capture. The man speaking off-camera is Don Klein, a close friend of John's. It was nice to see the successful "landing" of the prints at his residence, with positive reactions. Seeing the footage for me is somewhat delightfully curious and surreal, as if I were meeting John in some way. I am grateful for the opportunity to have connected to a part of that world in this fashion, through my artwork.

Information about John Fitch is widely available online, and here he is being interviewed by Jay Leno:

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Throwing the Book Cover at Him

(above image mosaic: preliminary book cover concepts by Chad Glass, in development, for Stephen Mitchell's forthcoming volume)

His stories can fill a book so he's writing one: Stephen Mitchell's past unfolds in 7500 RPM in 5th Gear --My life with GTO 3987, an upcoming book whose cover places the reader in the driver's seat. I thought I would update the blog and feature this work in progress as shown in the pictures above. I'm not entirely certain how the final image will shape up, but, then, isn't that the intrigue of a road trip, mile by mile to a destination?

Years in the making from teenage experiences to present day reflections, the book must judge the cover by capturing the essence of the title, the defining event of Stephen redlining his Ferrari GTO in 5th gear en route to Las Vegas. Not just a mere catch-phrase, it is no small feat: In order to do that the Ferrari must be going more than 150 miles per hour. To those not quite familiar with the original GTO, the car has no speedometer and only a tachometer. The now fantastically legendary sports car, GTO, standing for "Gran Turismo Omologato," was purpose-built (homologated) and intended for racing where extraneous weight and accoutrements are a liability, where posted speed limits do not exist. As such, it was a simpler time, a care-free time, where in Nevada there was no speed limit.

From preliminary blueline sketches that have begun to flesh out in the developing layout designs, the cover can be seen to evolve to include the restrained but powerfully suggestive GTO front sheetmetal thrusting forth beyond the dashboard. The central gauge reads 7500 RPM and both hands are firmly gripping the wheel. From Hollywood to Vegas to France and back, stay tuned for future posts as Stephen Mitchell's 7500 RPM in 5th Gear --My life with GTO 3987 continues...