I chose one of the 1967 film’s most iconic racing scenes set in one of the few iconic racing circuits left in the world – Monza circuit in Italy – built in 1922 and which has been host to countless races since. Making this image additionally memorable is that it is set on the now defunct high-speed banking. In those pre-CGI days, much footage was taken from heavily modified racing cars onto which hapless cameramen were strapped desperately trying to achieve the best results – as well as traveling backwards at speeds well over 150 mph! For other shots, the relatively huge cameras were mounted directly onto the cars. Some, radio operated, could swivel as required.
This famous publicity shot is the one on which I based my painting – it was impossible for the narrow camera angle on the car to get a certain depth of vision. In order to really maximize the brute impact of my image, I spent weeks searching for reference material from literally half a century ago. Poring over a myriad of seemingly innocuous photographs, they would finally yield their wealth of information and I added in excess of 75% to this image in technical and background details.
Size: 48″ x 70″ x 3″
Medium: Acrylic paint on cradled wood panel
Price of original: $24,950
Giclee – Full size on canvas: $3,750
Print – 24″ x 35″: $155. – (1/4 size of original)
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