As a special treat, and thank you for the tens of thousands who downloaded my IMSA Spotter Guide for the recent Rolex24, I am making available a free wallpaper featuring an illustration of the GTLM finish with Oliver Gavin leading Antonio Garcia by just 0.034 seconds over on my main design site, AndyBlackmoreDesign
The next Spotter Guide will be the IMSA guide for Sebring, available on 14th March. In the meantime, I will be releasing my annual Racing Wall Planner later this month.
IMSA have commissioned me for many year to produce their official Spotter Guide (the Rolex edition gets released later today!). In recent years this has extended to additional illustrations for internal and external presentations and illustrations for their on track support, web and the IMSA app. An example of this is IMSA’s overview of the 2016 Classes post on IMSA.com
These blank car illustrations will also feature in the IMSA Raceday viewing guide booklet and around the track on hoardings aiding fan, old and new. A great example where a company can re-use and maximise their ‘investment’ in quality illustrations.
The untimely death of British driver Justin Wilson has left a huge void in the racing community, but also, more importantly with the Wilson family. He was always a gentleman and as so many have stated, was someone you simply aspire to be as a person.
So, I’ve tried to do my part in a small way, as has many drivers, teams, series and other individuals to help Justin’s family with some financial stability in the future. I have partnered with Ryan Long, who is the Art Director at INDYCAR, to produce a very limited edition print which, all being well be part of the Justin Wilson auction on ebay on the evening of 19th October. All proceeds will go to the Justin Wilson Children’s Fund.
Each day, until Monday, we will release a teaser image on social media, showing one of the 14 cars we illustrated, starting with the Formula Palmer Audi championship winning car.
The Spotter Guides for the WEC IMSA double header event at Circuit of The Americas in Texas are now available to download.
The Official IMSA Spotter Guide features all four TUDOR classes as well as the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge. You can download the official guide from the dedicated page.
The NISMO Spotter Guide for the WEC round features all 31 cars with the latest liveries and driver changes. You can download the WEC guide from its dedicated page.
Both guides will be kept up to date during the week with driver and any significant livery changes.
Thank you to Nissan and IMSA. Without their support, there would be no Spotter Guides.
Many years ago I produced a series of Champ Car Illustrations including Justin Wilson’s RuSport Champ Car. I pulled this illustration of Justin’s helmet off the artwork. Its not great detail, but feel free to use the image to show your support for Justin, his family, colleagues and friends in this difficult time. Number of updates below , please read.
It is with regret, I will not be releasing a Spotter Guide for the 2015 Tour de France.
Despite an awesome response from 2/3rds of the teams for reference and rider lists, one team, Team BMC, refused to participate in the guide or approve their inclusion unless I was fully licensed by ASO, the organiser of the Tour, essentially becoming an official guide.
This is the first time in eleven years that ANY team has had an issue with a FREE Fan Spectator Guide. Most are very helpful and welcoming of extra exposure, but I have to respect their decision.
While I have media accreditation with the ASO, with less than a week to go before the event, I have been unable to get a response from the organisers for their approval. They quite rightly have bigger things to deal with!
Thanks to Nissan and NISMO, the 24H Le Mans Spotter Guide returns for 2015 and will be available on SpotterGuides.com from 5th June. Version 2 will be released after Scrutineering.
The guide will feature all 56 cars,driver, team and engine details along with FIA driver grading, Twitter handles, tyres and even which Garage each team will be located in. In addition the popular third sheet will include a timetable, map and helpful links and is the perfect tool for watching at the circuit or from home. If you have a suggestion for more information, drop me a line.
We WILL be the most up to date visual guide available anywhere. No point having an out of date Spotter Guide.
Huge thanks to Nissan for partnering with the guide. Make sure you follow their Twitter Account @NISMO