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THIS HILL IS DANGEROUS!
FOLK ART PAINTING

Charming Folk-Art style painting of a woman carefully piloting a 1920s period car down a very steep incline. The sign at the top of the incline states THIS HILL IS DANGEROUS.

Gouache on artist board.  Signed in lower right.

Mounted in a 30" by 24" frame.

SOLD

BOB MURRAY
TWO – MAN DUEL
DRIVER – MECHANICIAN

Motoring artist Bob Murray captures an epic duel between two early two-man race cars.  These contestants (the driver and his mechanician) were incredibly brave participants in an historic era of motor racing. In this era of races, as typified by the early Vanderbilt Cup races, purpose-built courses were few and racing took place through closed public streets configured into courses.

Watercolor/gouache on artist paper.

Matted, glazed and mounted in an 18” x 15” brown wood frame. 

Item No: 1257

PETER HELCK
(1893-1988)
HENRY FARMAN’S CRASH
GORDON BENNETT RACE TRIAL

Rare painting by the “Dean of American Motoring Artists” Peter Helck of Henry (Henri) Farman crashing his Renault 70 and careening down a ravine during the French team Elimination Trials for 1905 Gordon Bennett race.  Note that the painting depicts Farman being ejected from his car as it thunders, out of control, down the ravine.

Mixed media on artist board.

The Gordon Bennett races (1900-1905) were established by James Gordon Bennett, millionaire owner of the New York Herald and put international teams of three drivers in competition on the French circuit of Auvergne.

The 1905 race was won by Frenchman Leon Thery in his 96 HP Richard-Brasier.  This painting appears in Helck’s classic book, The Checkered Flag, page 32.

Matted, glazed and mounted in an 18" x 21" frame.

Item No: 1177

 

PHIL MAY
BUGATTIS AT BROOKLANDS

Two Bugattis dueling for position at the high banks of the famed Brooklands circuit by motoring artist Phil May.

Watercolor. Signed.

May is noted for his ability to illustrate speed and closure as can be seen in this example of his work.  May's work is in private and corporate holdings, including the Donington Collection.

SOLD

 

ROY NOCKOLDS
(1911 - 1980)
1929 MONACO G.P. – BUGATTI
WILLIAM GROVER WILLIAMS

Original illustration done in charcoal, pen and white gouache by the renowned motoring artist Roy Nockolds of driver William Grover Williams winning the 1929 Monte Carlo Grand Prix in his Bugatti-type 35.

This unsigned example was obtained from the personal sketchbook of the artist.  Circa 1930s. From an important collection.

Matted, glazed and mounted in an 11" x 13 1/2" frame.

Item No: 1130

 

PETER HELCK
(1893-1988)
TARGA FLORIO - 1926
PETER HELCK COLLECTION
BEVERLY RAE KIMES COLLECTION

Painting by Peter Helck depicting Meo Constantini, in his Bugatti Type-35, on his way to winning the 1926 Targa Florio road race. Between 1925 and 1929, Bugatti won this classic race five times, with Constantini winning in 1925 and 1926.

Watercolor. Signed.

This painting was given, by Helck, to the late historian and author Beverly Rae Kimes and is so inscribed (see photo).

The preliminary sketch for this painting is shown in Helck's book, Great Auto Races, page 234, where it is cited as being in the collection of the artist.

Matted, glazed and mounted in an 18" x 16" silver metal frame.

Item No: 814

 

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