Epic Win On An Epic Track - Artwork
Africa is the only major continent not featured on the Formula 1 calendar, but that was not always the case. In fact, as far back as 1925, Italian Tripolitania, now known as Libya, hosted motor races, thanks mainly to it being a colony of car-mad Italy. The Tripoli Grand Prix ran up to 1940 and therefore never counted for the World Championship which was inaugurated a decade later. But factory teams from Europe with famous names such as Alfa Romeo, Mercedes, Auto Union, Bugatti and Maserati all engraved their name on the Tripoli winner’s trophy.
On 12 May 1935, all the top drivers of the time lined up on the grid at the Mellaha seaside circuit and the start is captured with a wonderfully evocative view from the grandstand in this Automobilist Fine Art. Mercedes was the dominant team and Rudi Caraciolla won the race, recalling the finish in his autobiography: “Then Neubauer (Mercedes team boss) rushes up, and the mechanics, my faithful Walz among them. “The big man” is quite beside himself. He pulls me from the car, kisses me in both cheeks; two mechanics hoist me on their shoulders. They carry me that way to the pits. I shake many hands. I am still quite numb. Suddenly it comes over me - I have won, thank the Lord, I have won! It is an indescribable feeling which cannot be compared to anything else.”
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Research and Concept
Every image created is based on a real-life historic event. To ensure accuracy, extensive research is carried out to piece together every last detail. In-house concept artists, then, work up several visual ideas – using different views, settings, and perspectives – before a final design is settled upon.
3D Modelling and 3D scanning
Once the concept is established, a 3D model is created using computer-generated imagery. Studying every piece of reference material available, Automobilists’ artists, then, digitally rebuild the vehicle from scratch, slowly constructing layer upon layer with painstaking detail – even down to the last coat of paint.
With pre-production complete, it’s time to go on-location and start shooting photographs. This stage can last for several days and involves crews of up to 70 people, depending on the concept. The highest grade of professional equipment is used to ensure the highest quality and resolution images, and extensively detailed sets are also built when required.
The last step in the production process involves consolidating the digital assets to form the final artwork. In this phase, the 3D elements are rendered with the photoshoot imagery, and to this composite, additional elements – such as light, smoke, shadows, dirt, flames, and weather – are added, to bring the piece to life. Only with these details included it is time to print and frame.