Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Classic Car-Themed Album Cover #11

Originally optainable for about $2700 new, today a totally restored 1971 Duster 340's value hovers around $24,000 (according to Hagerty), however we have seen them sell for $30-$40k . But way, way back in 1984, this Plymouth was not considered a collector car. It was, however, cool enough to make it on one of the aptly named, "The Cars", album covers. As Michael and I were both teenagers in the late '70s and early '80s (and who didn't listen to their music), I felt this cover had to be included.  — Linda   (The Cars - Heartbeat City):

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Classic Car-Themed Album Cover #10

Blondie's second album, released in 1978, features Deborah Harry sitting on the chrome bumper of a 1976 Dodge Coronet police cruiser. — Linda    (Blondie - Plastic Letters):

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Classic Car-Themed Album Cover #9

Since this album was released in late 1964, it doesn't really fall into the same category as the previous covers we've featured, which are mostly modern bands utilizing today's collector cars for that real "wow" factor. But with the blue '65 Chevrolet Corvette and a 1964 Pontiac GTO in such prominent display, I just couldn't resist making this cover #9! — Linda   (Beach Boys - Shutdown vol. 2)

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Classic Car-Themed Album Cover #8

I had to laugh when I came across this album cover. Yes, it does stretch the "car themed" idea a bit, but you have to admit those are some pretty cool 1972 Oldsmobile Cutlass go-karts the Shriners are driving! — Linda   (Dead Kennedys - Frankenchrist):

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Classic Car-Themed Album Cover #7

Okay, okay, so now we are really aging ourselves and perhaps revealing a bit too much about ourselves as well ... just to make it clear, although this album was released in 2006 (and I picked it due to the 1967 Chevy Impala), our "Weird Al" exposure occurred back in the 80s and 90s when Weird Al and his parody albums and videos were all the rage! — Linda  (Weird Al Yankovic - Straight out of Lynwood):

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Classic Car-Themed Album Cover #6

Is that a 1968 Chevrolet Impala? It's hard to tell, but I have it on good authority that it is. Whether a photo or drawing, black and white or color ... or in this case upside down vs right side up, we appreciate cars on covers! — Linda  (Cake - B-Sides & Rarities)

Friday, April 28, 2017

More Inspiration for Creative Paintings

Magazine ad for Rapid Transit System featuring
AAR Trans-Am team, race car, and production AAR ’Cuda.

We get asked all the time where Michael finds his inspiration. I can say with confidence the answer is ... EVERYWHERE!

For example, he's always been fascinated by the history of racing. Specifically, how Trans Am race cars like the AAR Cuda or the Challenger T/A were the true reason for the 'classic' cars we have today. Without those cars, drivers and engineers (and SCCA qualifying rules), none of those amazing cars would be on road, in private collections or on display at automotive events the world over. It's that backstory, that inspires Michael to create amazing pieces like "Born To Race"!

Sam Posey and Dan Gurney race cars
"Born To Race" by automotive artist Michael Irvine