NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | July 27, 2016
Faye and I will be in Plymouth this weekend at the 38th Concours d'Elegance of America at The Inn at St. John. There we will unveil our newest work, the 1910 Blitzen Benz, driven to greatness by Bernie Oldfield.
As you may know, the painted bronze sculpture is the third in the series of historic automobiles of Bernie Oldfield. We are drawing up plans for Oldfield and his 1914 Red Christie and his 1917 Golden Submarine.
I talked a little about the Blitzen Benz at the Gilmore Classic Car Club Museum auction, but kept getting interrupted by members of the audience who shouted, "75 miles per hour?! Why, he'll fly off the face of the earth!" Good thing the man who soon would be called "Speed King of the World" didn't listen when he heard that message. In fact, he kept on going to speeds unimagined before.
Oldfield drove the "Blitzen Benz" to a speed of 131.7 mph in 1910 on the beaches of Ormond and Daytona, Florida. At the time, it was faster than any human being had ever traveled in a vehicle of any kind -- train, plane or automobile. If anyone knows who these good people are, these "Three Friends of Barney Oldfield," please tell them Faye and I would like to see them.
Back to the Concours d'Elegance of America: Special events are held Friday, July 29 through the competition on Sunday, July 31. This year's event promises to be a truly spectacular show, with more than 300 automobiles and many motorcycles, coming from 31 countries.
Most of all, please stop by to see us in the Garden Gallery. We'd love to tell you about the "impromptu skit" during the auction at the Gilmore Classic Car Club Museum auction, starring "Three Friends of Barney Oldfield." They didn't need to chomp on a cigar to make clear their concerns about driving at 75 mph and "flying off the face of the earth." What they really demonstrated was their passion for automobiles and the people who make, race and drive them.
Detroit Institute of Arts come for a visit
A group from the Detroit Institute of Arts stopped by the studio for a tour on May 12. It was wonderful, getting a chance to talk about the works and what is involved in their creation. Here I'm pointing at a 1919 Scripps Booth commissioned for Maggie Allesee. Plus, Faye and I got a chance to show off our next project, a 1931 Stutz Roadster. Currently in the clay stage, the piece is seen in the foreground.
"Blitzen Benz" -driven by Barney Olfield
1904 Peerless "Green Dragon"