Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Iconic Tail Light



The classic Porsche 911R. Only 20 911R's were built with 4 911S's built as prototypes. Most were painted white, one was blue, one was gold, and only one painted yellow. This is a capture of that yellow one, with it's totally unique 911R tail lights and the Porsche crest emblazoned across it. They have been copied and used on all kinds of hot rod Porsche rebuilds. The image above is 8"x 12" printed on archival metallic photo paper, matted, signed, and framed ready to hang and enjoy! I only have one of these in a 14"x 18" classic wood frame with a matching metallic finish. It's awesome in person! It's $125.00 including shipping in the US. How can you say no. Email me if you want to add it to your collection, here.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Drive Safely...


The Pegasus was registered as a corporate logo in 1911, however it wasn't until the mid-1930s that it began to appear as a promotional device on automobiles. Mobil started using it for their 1936 coast-to-coast "Economy Runs" by painting it on cars entered.

Post WWII Mobil became more engaged with motor sports and the Pegasus soon became a symbol in its own right. All kinds of racing could be seen sporting the red flying horse, from Indianapolis roadsters to sports cars, including Porsche, and other SCCA competitors, particularly those in Southern California. The Bonneville salt flats saw John Cobb's Napier Railton Special streak along at over 400mph in 1947 with two large Pegasus logos emblazoned on its streamlined nose. However, times change and by the end of the Fifties Mobil drifted out of direct sponsorship in racing and the Pegasus painted on cars also drifted away. But, that is not the end of the story. Porsche hot rods today have begun to wear the red horse again as if to say, "Don't count the red beacon out."

The one pictured above is a 1940s vintage license frame topper showing a life well lived. Interesting, back in the day, Mobil actually issued instructions for the correct positioning of their flying horse. Sheets of Mobil-licensed decals stated that the Pegasus MUST be positioned such that its nose is parallel to the ground.

The image that you see is printed on archival metallic photo paper and is matted and signed ready to be framed. I have it in two sizes an 8"x 12" for $55.00  or a 12"x 18" for $105.00. Both prices include shipping in the US. It's totally awesome looking in person! If you want to hang one in your man cave reply to this email post. Until then..."Drive Safely!"

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Rolling the Dice in Vegas...

Doing my first Barrett Jackson art show in Vegas felt a little like I was rolling the dice. Not being an inexpensive three day show to do, would the gamble pay off? Well happy to report, it turned out good! But, the most awesome part of this show was the people I got to meet coming into my booth. I'll tell you about one couple. They walked in to check out my art, and in the process whipped out a cell camera and started taking a photo of one of my pieces. I popped up and asked, "Please no photos, it's not good for my collectors." Well after talking with them, I found out they were taking a photo to send to a partner. But, what was this all about?

As we talked I found out that Wayne and his wife were here to buy some wall art for a new Chevrolet Dealership they were opening in Sidney, Montana. By the end of the weekend Wayne had purchased 4 different pieces for the dealership, and a new collector was born. That was cool, but what really caught me, they were awesome people! Wayne shared photos of the new construction of "Gem City Motors" on his phone, and the excitement just oozed out! I wish them the all the best, and look forward to seeing photos when the art is on display at the dealership! All good on you guys, and thank you!


Monday, October 16, 2017

Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas

You know how you think...some day I'm going to do that. Well, ever since the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Vegas has popped up on my radar, I thought, "That would be a fun show to do!"  So, this is the year, October 19 - 21.

I"ll have my photography in a 10x20 foot booth in the vendor area with all the other guys selling their goods. If you're going, it's booth number 1110-1111. The vendor hours are from 8:00 am.-9:00 pm. The auction and vendor area is inside the convention center of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, so just look for the sign, "John Straub Image Works" and stop by and say hi! Hope to see you there bidding on some treasure to take home.


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Durability and Maintenance of prints on Metal

Many times at art shows I'm asked about the durability and how to take care of the prints on metal. Well, it's pretty simple. As for durability, they are about as archival as you can get. The print is actually embedded into the surface of the metal under heat and pressure. They are totally color stable, however as with any piece of fine art, I wouldn't hang them in direct sunlight. One thing to check for, if the print is larger than 14"x 14" they should come with a full metal frame on the back.

When I assemble these to my custom brushed metal backings, I use a bonding agent that is water proof and pretty much indestructible.

As for cleaning, plain rubbing alcohol for a streak-free look is the best to use, with a soft or micro-fiber cloth. That's about all there is to it guys. They'll last a lifetime with unmatched clarity and color!





Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Del Mar Motors...A San Diego Connection

Being raised in San Diego, I always feel a connection to my hometown past. How many of you know San Diego had its own manufactured automobiles? Well, check this out. This one called America's lowest priced car, named the Del Mar! Who could turn down $1170 for a 4-Cylinder, 63 H.P. beast? Can you imagine going around a corner in this, the tires squealing like pigs? It was to be built at the Convair plant on Pacific Highway after World War II left the building available. It didn't last long, in fact never really made it into production, only a prototype. However, this wasn't the only car to be built in San Diego, more on that in a later post.


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Looks like a Clandestine Meeting...

If you're on Facebook you can usually find me jabbering about some new image that I posted. Many of those I shoot for myself with no intention to print. I'm just out hanging around at car events and then messing around on the computer with Lightroom and Photoshop, adding light leaks and other cool effects. This happened to be one of those images, then I got a call from one of my collectors. Dave asked if I could print one for him. Sure I said, and it will be the only copy. When we met to make the pass off, he mentioned that it just spoke to him. If you think about it, isn't that the way art should be? BTW, this was shot at the Coronado Speed Fest and was a real '73 RSR.




Wednesday, September 20, 2017

You Were Rockin' It Guys!

Thank you to everyone that came by my pop-up tent last Saturday during the Porsche Club, San Diego Region Concours and adopted some art! Amazing to see so many people supporting automotive art and very humbling as well! You guys, rocked it! Some large prints on metal found new homes as well as a bunch of matted prints. Here's just a few...

Gabe Simion with "No.9"

Katie Kinninger with "Eclectic Gathering"

Joel Bowman with "Patina Queen"

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Concours on the Bay...come see me!

Hi guys, just a quick note on a "pop-up" show I'm doing with the San Diego Region of the Porsche Club of America. As one of the sponsors for the Concours on the Bay I'll have a tent with some of my prints on metal as well as matted prints available.

Here's the info on the show. Saturday, September 16, 2017. Held at Spanish Landing Park (across from the San Diego Airport) from 8:00-4:00 pm. This is one of the 16"x 24" prints that I'll have at the show. Come by and say hi!

"But Wait"... "There's More" If you mention you saw it on my blog, you'll get 10% off the 16"x 24" or the 24"x 36 prints on metal!


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Need Man Cave Art?




In my last post I mentioned I'm working with a company, Garage Graphics that will take my images and produce the perfect garage art, man cave art, or depending if your wife will give the nod, which may take some arbitration, home art. Thought I would share with you three images of my Ferrari print called "375 MM" on their 96"x 96" light table. I love the third one with a hand pointing at the water temp gauge. By the way, the hand belongs one of the tech guys, Ron doing proofing. They have a gallery of several of my images on their site, and here's the link: How can you not click?

Please take a moment to share this blog post with your friends in the car community! Thanks, guys!

Friday, September 1, 2017

New art, giant garage graphics, and more...!



New art! Yep, as I promised, I've been busy since returning from Monterey Car Week. Several new images have been loaded onto my website, and this is one. A very cool Ferrari image that still needs a name, so if you have an idea, let me know.

Also during that time I've been working with Garage Graphics to have my work produced in large printed formats. When I say large, how about eight feet high and twelve feet long for your man cave or garage! "Holy Colossal Batman!" Very cool, huh?

Garage Graphics, check them out here.

My new site images, check them out here.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Monterey Car Week 2017, another one in the Books



Thanks to all of my blog followers that attended Monterey Car Week and visited my photography show. It rocked! You guys rock! A special "thank you" to those that purchased a work of mine to take home or placed an order. Looks like I'll be busy in the near future getting prints done and shipped. Also, if you were at the gallery or Automobilia Monterey and found one you liked and didn't have the chance to get it there, email me at Vintgracer@aol.com

It goes without saying, that I also want to thank "Gallery by the Sea Carmel" for hosting me for another year. If you're in Carmel, stop by and thank them for being one of two galleries in town that has the enthusiasm to participate in car week with automotive art.

Now I can't wait to get out and start creating some new photographic art for you guys...stay tuned.