Sunday, March 11, 2018

Corvette Grand Sport

"Grand Sport"

In late 1962 Corvette was being developed into a car that would do battle with Shelby's Cobra. Bowtie fans and racers were ecstatic! However, the Cobra was about 1,000 pounds lighter. Zora Arkus-Duntov, father of the Corvette, and others at Chevrolet launched a plan of building 125 ultra light Corvettes called the Grand Sport. By building 125 cars, the Grand Sport would qualify as a GT production car under the international racing rules. In the end, the five Grand Sports weighed in at about 1,900 lbs., about 1,350 lbs. lighter than a stock Corvette coupe. Sadly, the General Motors front office stopped the program. When the cease and desist order came down, those five Grand Sports had already been completed and were to become collector cars after doing some track time. The Grand Sport pictured above was built by Superformance. Check their site out.

Now for my infomercial, I can print the image above on paper or metal any size that interests you. Give me a shout if you love the image and can't live without one. Contact me

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Shelby GT350 Reborn...

Shown in this image here as a 24"x 36."
I've always wanted one, but never had one, and maybe this is my chance.The Venice crew is going to replicate the original run of the GT350! Yep, members of Carroll Shelby's original "Venice crew" have resumed production of the super cool "R-Model" of the Mustang GT350. This is coming with official approval from Carroll Shelby Licensing and the Ford Motor Company. They plan to make 36 to match the original production run, each revised to have independent rear suspension. You say, "That's not original", well it was tested in 1965 but not adopted. The new cars well come with a new front valance and redesigned Plexiglas rear window.

I'm sure the cost will give some nose-bleeds, me included. But, never fear if you always wanted one, but never got one like me. You can still have a Shelby GT350. It's a smaller size of 16"x 24" print on metal floated on a metal backing and it's awesome. This is printed in gloss and is numbered with an edition of only 30. A close up view of the image is below. The cost including shipping in the US is $595. So here's your chance to get a GT350!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

The Man Cave

Your man cave can never have enough stuff in it! You know, really valuable stuff...stuff that only you and I can understand. Well, I guess that's the way it's been since the first car rolled down the dirt street. However, if you want to add something really-really cool to your cave, take a look at this! I've teamed up with Garage Graphics to produce super large wall art. It's a look at my 10'x 20' backlit new Ford GT image, life size! On a side note, I'm not sure if you know, but Ford GT's just took 1st and 2nd in class at the Daytona 24hrs. They are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 at 647 horsepower and 550 lb-ft of torque. They have a 7-speed dual clutch transmission sending that power to the rear wheels. A cool car indeed! Now back to my infomercial, "But wait, there's more" could have this in your man cave or any other of my photo site images for that matter! And they are super easy to install. If you're interested contact Doug at Garage Graphics, they come in other sizes too and they don't need to be 10'x 20'. Please pass this along to any of your car buddies in case they are interested too.

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Barrett-Jackson Rocked It!

A nine day show. When I tell people, they say, "You're crazy!" But in all honesty, it was a  blast. I got to meet past clients coming by my booth that have purchased from me before, and of course made many new friends, sending them away with one of my art pieces. So Barrett-Jackson rocked on I would say. Many thanks to just some of the buyers, Mitch, Richard, Craig, Michael, Bill, and Allen! Since, I have been busy boxing and shipping, ordering more metal for new prints to go out as I print them, it's been a busy time. Now that the dust is settling, I thought I would share a few photos of the happenings. And don't forget, forward this post to your car friends!

My 10'x 10' booth...

Richard with "Baja Cantina" and "Vintage 8". "Vintage 8 will be a 24"x 36" double float.

Craig with his new "Chief" double float.

Famed Cobra racer Allen Grant picked up a new print of the Ford GT.

Just a part of the Automobilia to be auctioned.

Heading to the block...

The staging lanes...

Just a part of the midway...

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale

A new year brings a new adventure and opportunity for JohnStraubImageWorks. The Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction traditionally starts off the auctions for the year, and it's said to be the "Super Bowl" of them all. This years will have 1,500 + cars crossing the auction block and also encompasses two weekends and the week in between with automobilia being auctioned off in the mornings, and cars during the rest of the day. Traditionally TV coverage starts midway though the week and ending the last weekend, so don't forget to tune in. It's an event not to be missed with exhibitors, major manufacturers (sponsors) displays being represented, and cool activities for all.

This takes us up to the info about my photography. I'll have a booth inside the large exhibitor Barrett Jackson tent. The booth is to be located along the wall opposite the food court area, which is good, because it keeps me away from the bad stuff! Now, here's an interesting fact, it's a nine day show, both Monique and I will be there manning the booth hoping to see you. Come by, say hi and check out some awesome photography. The "Best in the show" my alter ego says...

So, I'll raise "Three fingers of Jack" to you in the New Year, and wish you all the best for 2018!

Here's a link to the nine day show for times, TV times and activities. Click Barrett-Jackson.

And don't forget to pass this post on to all your car buddies!

Friday, December 29, 2017

Saving Some Bacon...

Hope you all had a great Holiday, just saying. I need to tell you about the phone call from one of my collectors two days before Christmas.

My phone started to blow up with a frantic call that went like this from Shannon, "They destroyed it by butchering the mat from the photo we bought from you a few months ago." "What am I going to do, it's a Christmas present!" She had taken the matted image to a framer and they had cut it too small to fit in the frame she had saved for it. I replied, "No problem, I'll re-mat it, sign and frame it for you, I'll have it for you tomorrow." We met, she gave me the sad piece, I took it home finished it for her and left it for her to pick up. You ask, "What the point of this post is?" It's how cool it made me feel to help someone out when they were in a panic. I guess that's what part of the holidays are all about.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

It a great time of year!

It's that time of year that many of us say "Thank You" to the ones that are important to us. As a automotive art photographer with this blog, I'm well aware how busy our daily lives are and I would just like to say "Thank You" for staying in touch through my blog over the last 12 months. Many of you have reached out and purchased art pieces from me during that time and lots of you have stopped be a show and said hi. Again, if you only knew how grateful that makes me feel, you guys certainly do rock!

I have some very cool stuff coming up this next year that I'll be announcing here, so stay tuned! Until then, all of you have a safe and a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Laguna's first winning seat...

With big-name drivers like Carroll Shelby, Jim Hall, and Johnny Von Newmann in the field driving machines such as Mercedes, Porsche, Ferrari and Maserati no one gave Pete Lovely much chance of a good finish in the inaugural race at Laguna Seca in his two year old Ferrari 500 Testa Rossa. It was the year 1957, but there was a upset to be made.

Lovely's Ferrari 500 was a 1956 model with a 4-cylinder 2-liter engine up against bigger engine cars. Lovely recounted "I always remember that race, because it was the first race at Laguna Seca. Von Newmann and I were the main survivors because Shelby, McAfee, and Ginther had all dropped out with mechanical problems. Johnny's Ferrari had the newer 2.5 liter engine."

"I could get close to Von Newmann, but with his larger engine I could not get by. I devised a scheme to drop back so he could not see me in his mirrors. I then turned it on for a couple of laps and got right behind him on the last turn of the last lap. When Johnny saw me there, he got flustered, missed a shift coming out of the turn and I passed him and finished first making history in the red Ferrari."

Pete lovely sat behind the wheel in this image of an iconic car when he made history winning the first race at Laguna. I'm planning on printing this for my shows in Monterey this coming year. It's art for people like you, that get it! If you can't wait, I'm sure you could talk me into printing one on metal for you before August. If your interested contact me here.

"Laguna's First" © John Straub

Sunday, November 26, 2017

How can you say, No-Sir!

That's right, it's that day once a year we all wait for, cyber Monday! I'm offering a cyber Monday sale of 20% off this sweet little "Compressor Gallery Collection" double float print on metal. I only have one of these printed right now, so first to say, "I gotta' have that!" Has it! Now how can you say no! It's a 8"x 12" image mounted on 10"x 14" custom brushed aluminium with a hanger on the back and signed. The normal price of $185 is reduced to $148. But wait! That not all! Shipping and tax is included! Smash my email, here.

"Four Cam" double float print on metal, © John Straub

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

It never made it...

Kicking in the time machine door again, this time in the summer of 1963, GM's truck studio was working on a pickup version of the slab windshield Chevrolet G-Van. This concept model appears to be a combination of the traditional pickup and a Corvair ramp sided transporter, remember those? Could've been a cool way to get your surf boards to the beach back in the day. No idea why it never made it into production because both Ford and Dodge had van-based pickups. Could it be that Chevrolet put all it's eggs into the Corvair basket and we know how that turned out...

Have a great Thanksgiving guys!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Iconic Tail Light

The classic Porsche 911R. Only 20 911R's were built with 4 911S's built as prototypes. Most were painted white, one was blue, one was gold, and only one painted yellow. This is a capture of that yellow one, with it's totally unique 911R tail lights and the Porsche crest emblazoned across it. They have been copied and used on all kinds of hot rod Porsche rebuilds. The image above is 8"x 12" printed on archival metallic photo paper, matted, signed, and framed ready to hang and enjoy! I only have one of these in a 14"x 18" classic wood frame with a matching metallic finish. It's awesome in person! It's $125.00 including shipping in the US. How can you say no. Email me if you want to add it to your collection, here.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Drive Safely...

The Pegasus was registered as a corporate logo in 1911, however it wasn't until the mid-1930s that it began to appear as a promotional device on automobiles. Mobil started using it for their 1936 coast-to-coast "Economy Runs" by painting it on cars entered.

Post WWII Mobil became more engaged with motor sports and the Pegasus soon became a symbol in its own right. All kinds of racing could be seen sporting the red flying horse, from Indianapolis roadsters to sports cars, including Porsche, and other SCCA competitors, particularly those in Southern California. The Bonneville salt flats saw John Cobb's Napier Railton Special streak along at over 400mph in 1947 with two large Pegasus logos emblazoned on its streamlined nose. However, times change and by the end of the Fifties Mobil drifted out of direct sponsorship in racing and the Pegasus painted on cars also drifted away. But, that is not the end of the story. Porsche hot rods today have begun to wear the red horse again as if to say, "Don't count the red beacon out."

The one pictured above is a 1940s vintage license frame topper showing a life well lived. Interesting, back in the day, Mobil actually issued instructions for the correct positioning of their flying horse. Sheets of Mobil-licensed decals stated that the Pegasus MUST be positioned such that its nose is parallel to the ground.

The image that you see is printed on archival metallic photo paper and is matted and signed ready to be framed. I have it in two sizes an 8"x 12" for $55.00  or a 12"x 18" for $105.00. Both prices include shipping in the US. It's totally awesome looking in person! If you want to hang one in your man cave reply to this email post. Until then..."Drive Safely!"