Wednesday, June 05, 2013


Mike Hailwood aboard his Sports Motor Cycles Ducati 900SS at his big comeback race, the 1978 Isle of Man Formula One TT
You might have caught motoring artist Paul Chenard at last year's Goodwood Revival marketplace; he typically specializes in sports/racing cars from the 1930s-60s.  As with many 'car guys', he has a secret love of motorcycles too, and sent this pastel drawing of Mike Hailwood's legendary comeback win at the 1978 Isle of Man TT on his Ducati 900ss.  
Behind the GT Class-winning N.A.R.T. Ferrari GTO, Luigi Chinetti chats strategy with Phil Hill. In the background is the race-winning 250 TRI/61 of Jo Bonnier and Lucien Bianchi.
Paul, how about an older racing motorcycle to test your motor-sketch skills?  If you want to stick to Italian, the supercharged Gilera 'Rondine' winning the 1935 Tripoli GP would do nicely!
Luigi Fagioli en route to winning the 1935 Monaco GP in his Mercedes W25

3 comments: said...

Thanks for posting my art, Paul.
Very appreciated.
In automotive racing, there are more subjects than time to cover them, but I'm going to occasionally jump into motorcycle racing history.
It's too sweet a subject not to cover!
Paul said...

BTW, I be back at the Revival with my friend Belgian artist Nicolas Cancelier.
Come find us at Revival Market stand #76 ...
2 artists, 2 continents, 1 passion for racing history!!!!

Anonymous said...

Wow! Just the mention of Hailwood
at this time of year (IOM season)brings a flood of emotion..Coming out of retirement at age 37 and beating Barry Sheene, then the world champion and the square 4
Suzuki....Please retell the entire
story Paul... Charm us with your
words of this incredible, true story.
Blind Melon