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 Coupé, 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. 🙂

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… 🙂



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.

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!

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.



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.

Leuven City Hall

Leuven city Hall

This took me a little longer than expected, but I finally got it done. A tricky piece.

Leuven City Hall, preliminary sketch

Leuven 1

Apologies for the muddled presentation – this is a pencil sketch just about ready for penning. I don’t usually spend this much time in preparation for a sketch, but I knew that this was going to take time. I think I took the photo back in 2017, and it’s complexity may be one of the reasons I’ve waited so long before starting it… 🙂

Seems I have a little more time now though, so…

Moto Guzzi Sketches

MotoGuzzi 850

Ages ago (2014 I think) – I did a sketch for a friend of a Moto Guzzi 850 for a friend of his (inset sketch, lower left) . I was looking for some larger paper to sketch on recently and found these sketches that I had forgotten in a large sketch block I had unpacked from my recent move. I’m amused to see that, obviously, I had imagined that a lower viewpoint of the bike would be better, but later chose the (better, I think) higher view so that I could show some background. You can see the quick proto-sketch for what would be the final at the top,

The Dom, Köln


Evelyn and I used to live quite close by to the Dom, and I took numerous photographs of it at the time as I thin k it’s an amazing building. I was looking through all of my old photos last week and decided I would start to catch up on some of the drawings I had intended to do and never got around to. This sketch was better to do from a digital photo then in life, as, iirc, I had to step into the middle of the street to get this view.

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