Force India auctions off Formula 1 Art Car. (Source: en.espnf1.com)
My-Oh-My! Mr. Mariner Dave Niehaus, where does the time go? As I simply cannot believe that this story has been percolating; Err fermentin’ for some two years now; YIKES!
As perhaps Y’all heard ‘Wayback in the summer ‘O Twenty-eleven’s British Grand Prix that Force India would be auctioning off a very special one-of-one VJM-01 Formula 1 chassis for charity, as I have NO idea what the Art Car fetched?
Although the concept of Art Cars really isn’t new, as case in point, not only did celebrated motorsports artist Randy Owens paint a Lola IndyCar a zillion years ago, but I’ve got the corresponding 1:43 Diecast buried inside a box somewherez at Tomaso Manor. As the Diecast once made up part of an eclectic fleet of miniature racing cars upon my work desk: the Lola Art Car sat proudly alongside a “Super Mario, DirtMann and King Hiro” trio of Indy Cars...
As I suppose I knew I-T all those years ago, but now find it karmic that I’ve actually conversed and had my picture taken with the chauffer of the real Lola T93/00 Ford IndyCar driven by Buddy Lazier for Leader Cards during the ’94 season a year ago at Mother Speedway!
While obviously the most famous Art Cars are those ubiquitous Andy Warhol BMW “Beemers” from a long, long, time ago, who unfortunately their 15-minutes ‘O Fame has long since passed... Although I do know that I posted another story some time ago about the latest incarnation of said BMW Art Cars getting ready to race at le Circuit de la Sarthe...