Casa Elora

A couple of weeks ago they shut down power in our condo for 4 consecutive days (!) due to electrical upgrades. Evelyn and I thus, scooted off to an Airbnb in Elora to wait it out. We stayed at “Casa Elora”, and it was brilliant… it is right downtown and looks over the Grand River and even has a balcony where you can sit with a drink and watch the river flow by… Many thanks to Jonathan, our Airbnb host for a brilliant stay in a lovely spot!

The pen sketch was done on the spot, across from the apartment, and Evelyn had brought along some pencil crayons, so I added some colour that evening.

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Joan Mir, World Champion

Joan Mir was the winner of the 2020 MotoGP season – he was also one of 5 riders to win their maiden race this season (more drawings to follow!). This is the first time that Suzuki has won the championship in 20 years, and I think that it’s safe to say that few were betting on this at the outset of the season. Many Congratulations to both Joan Mir and Suzuki on a well-deserved championship!.

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I have been remiss

This is a Porsche Carrera 6 that I saw at the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart. This is one of those vehicles that one can only stand back and gaze at in awe, a true representation of what metal, alloy and fibre can be fashioned into that that leaves one gobsmacked and awestruck.

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Mercedes 300SL Prototype


This is a prototype of the Mercedes Benz 300SL at the Mercedes Benz Museum in Stuttgart. There are some noticeable differences from the 300Sl as released, but they are subtle. This took much longer for me to do than usual as I wanted to capture the colours of the car, and it was really unusual in that the car is “silver” but in the environment, it kind of glowed with a strange coppery colour. Tricky to catch.

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Lightweight E-Type

Jag lightweight

When I arrived in London in 2004, I had ensured that I would have a little more than 3 weeks to settle in prior to my Masters course beginning, in order that I could toddle around and visit places I’d been before as well as discover the new to me. One of my first visits was to the Design Museum on Butler’s Wharf just east of Tower Bridge (I believe it has been moved now) and as luck would have it, they had a collection of Jaguars on display, including a D-Type, a Series 1 E-Type CoupĂ©, A Series 1 E-Type Convertible, the last Series III E-Type that came off the production line, as well, of course, as this lovely Series 1 lightweight E-Type. I spent longer in the Museum than I had intended. 🙂

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Rothmans Porsche


This was a nice surprise. The pub I used to frequent in London (it was a good pub and very close to the RCA) was called “The Queen’s Arms”, and right across the road from it was a place called “Coy’s of Kensington” which sold classic, exotic and sports cars. One evening I headed out for a pint and this was sitting in front of the pub, lightly spotted with the drizzle that was falling, awaiting it’s move into the shop. Not the sort of car you’d expect to see in Kensington… 🙂

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Another car from Nick Mason’s Ten Tenths Collection. This was a beautiful Ferrari 250GTO that was up on jackstands being worked on. The GTO was between a couple of Bugattis and a Dark Green Ferrari 512BB. A great place to spend an afternoon.

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Maserati 250F


More from Nick Mason’s Ten Tenths collection… This is a Maserati 250F – I don’t know the exact provenance but these cars were driven in F1 by the likes (amongst many others of Juan Manuel Fangio and Stirling Moss. The 250F raced from 1954 until 1960. One of the brilliant things about Ten Tenths collection is that many of the cars in the stable are raced regularly. This one obviously had been and had just as obviously been in a shunt – nothing too serious by the look of it – but enough to have to “undress” it. I’d seen a 250F in the Donnington Collection but I found this far more interesting. The brake drums are incredibly complex and sculptural, and getting to see all of the mechanicals was brilliant – although rather time consuming when drawing and rendering this!

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Maserati Birdcage (Tipo60/61)

Maserati Birdcage Bruce Thomson

This was supposed to be a quick sketch and render but became a little more complex – but let me start at the beginning. In 2005 I was living in England, and a very close friend of mine was doing some work for Maserati which included going up to the Cotswolds to interview Nick Mason about his Ten tenth collection which included  a Maserati 250F F1 car from the fifties and this Maserati Birdcage. My friend was kind enough to invite me along on this jaunt, and although I didn’t get to meet Nick Mason (Curses!!!) as this trip was to get photographs, I did get to toddle through his amazing collection. Nick Mason’s collection was in a hangar and the Birdcage had been pulled out to sit front and centre and the door raised to let some light in. I should mention that it was November, and I was seeing the first snow that actually accumulated on the ground in England in this very slightly northern (compared to London) area southeast of Wales.

The car was white with Prussian Blue racing stripes and this made for a tricky render – white cars are always hard to render (because in practice, there is so little “white” involved). The light was low and filtered through cloud cover and I wanted to capture the bleak weather in the image.

This is the only Maserati Tipo 60/61 that I have ever seen in the flesh. Not surprising really as there were only 23 ever made (16 +1 of the Tipo 61s and 6 units of the Tipo 60). These cars were raced in the Targa Florio, the 1000km of Nurburgring and the 24 Heures de le mans amongst others. It was a real privilege to be able to view one in person.

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A belated tribute to one of my favourite drivers. I sketched this from a photo I took at the 2005 Goodwood Festival of speed, at which Stirling Moss piloted his legendary Mercedes 300SLR up the course. Racing is diminished by his passing.

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