“Heroes” – Acrylic on canvas – 30” x 20”
We’ve been collaborating with photorealist Bob Petillo for several months now. And yet, his work continues to blow our mind each and every time. Case in point, you can actually make out the tiny little scratches etched into the chrome on this vintage firetruck’s bell. For those just joining us, I am alluding to the fact that you’re looking at a painting, not a photograph. While I try to figure out how a paint brush can even achieve this level of astronomically amazing detail, here is what Bob had to say on the 11th installment in his Reflections of America Series.
“I was at the annual Sussex County, NJ fireman’s parade in 2004. Every town’s finest engines and firefighters were there. I then went to the town recreation center where the festivities and presentation of awards continued. Among police and first aid vehicles, this 1950 fire engine was parked next to another 1924 antique. Sometimes you just step in it. It was a photo moment not to be forgotten. The guys were giving a demo drill, so I took a bunch of pictures and put it all together in this painting. It’s a tribute to fire fighters across America.”
Perhaps your best work yet Bob. Good show!
One more classic Porsche to brighten up a wet, gloomy day in Portland. Probably one of my all time favorites, a 1990s air-cooled Carrera. As I’m sure you will agree, grey skies and damp climates have never looked this sexy. That’s what a timeless design is capable of…always looking good no matter the backdrop. Consider that little nugget to be your dose of automotive philiosophy for the day.
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The Range Classic is one of the few vehicles on the road that looks utterly gorgeous underneath a blanket of muck, mud and snow. If you have the sneaking suspicion that you’ve seen this particular example before, it’s because you have. It belongs to Ben, one of our trusted Man on the Move sharp shooters. Ben affectionately refers to his steed as Ralph and has racked up more than 300K miles on it since new in the early part of ’89. Pretty damn impressive when you consider how great this rig is looking after all these years. Even better, Ben tells us it drives as good as it looks and is more than capable of plowing through any blizzard that mother nature has to offer.
We loved admiring Ralph’s rugged looks on the streets of NYC, but seeing it in the snowy, sun-drentched countryside is even better. It’s akin to the difference between spotting a cheetah at the zoo versus seeing one while on Safari.
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Pictured Above: Finn McMissile, one of the stars of Pixar’s upcoming blockbuster Cars 2, hitting theaters this summer
Earlier this month, Mattel, Hasbro, and Lego previewed a boat load of toys planned to support Cars 2 at Pier 60 in Chelsea. As you can tell from the photos, they pulled out all the stops and even had a full size replica of Finn McMissile, the dashing British sports car being voiced over by the equally spy-tastic Michael Caine in the upcoming film. The car is obviously inspired by Aston’s iconic DB5, the model so beloved by 007, although it also seems to also pay homage to the equally handsome BMW 507.
Pixar, whose average international gross per film is more than $550 million, walked away with 2 Oscars on Sunday night for Toy Story 3, one for original song and the other for animated feature. If that’s not impressive enough, the flock of talking toys was also nominated for 3 more academy awards…best picture, sound editing and writing (adapted screenplay). The film house collected 27 Academy Awards for their nearly 9 feature length animated films produced since the original Toy Story hit screens in 1995. Not too shabby huh?
Based on the level of cool and appeal toward car enthusiasts we’re seeing with Cars 2, the top brass at Pixar should start getting their acceptance speeches ready for Oscars 2011. If you ask us, Finn McMissile should go up to the recieve the award.
Thanks for the great tips and commentary Omar!
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