March 2011 “Running Down The Road”
Newsletter from Dana Forrester Automotive Art, 10th Edition, March, 2011
I began writing this issue of my e-newsletter while flying back from Las Vegas. Judy and I spent the weekend in sin city where my main purpose was a one-day course at the Ron Fellows Driving School at Spring Mountain. On Thursday evening I attended the NCM Board of Directors Meeting. Friday was quite an intense day of driving Corvette Grand Sports and Z06’s on wet skip pads, learning correct heel and toe shifting techniques, and running the 2.4 mile course. What a great school for learning high performance driving with a terrific staff. I’d highly recommend it! Every Corvette had radio contact with the instructors at all time, allowing for personal instruction while on course.
Since early November we have been enjoying our first grandchild. Daughter Allison and her husband Brett delivered an 8-pound boy named Paxton. In the past 4 months he’s grown quickly and now sports his first lower teeth. Since both parents are iPhone users, this kid may be the most photographed baby in history. They live nearby, so we get to see him almost daily.
The painting process in my studio has slowed a bit recently since I’ve been working on some new projects for both NCRS and the NCM. I’m currently preparing a proposal for the Kansas City Chapter of NCRS, my local club, to host the 2014 NCRS National Convention at the Overland Park Convention Center. I’ll make that proposal later this month at the NCRS National Board Meeting in Michigan.
Another project has been to create guidelines for a new Corvette Art Gallery in the Victory Lane Hallway of the NCM. I’m working to establish a procedure for the selection of artwork (artists must make application to sell their art through the gallery). A percentage of sales proceeds will go to the Corvette Store. And, yes, it’s not just for my artwork, but for any who want to apply.
Still another project is to organize an event to piggy back onto the NCM Anniversary Bash each Labor Day. It will feature a display of past winners of NCRS Top Flight and Bow Tie Corvettes as well as Bloomington Gold Certified and Survival Corvettes. Participating cars will be given a third award by NCM similar to another event’s Triple Crown Award. This event is expected to debut in 2012, so if you have any ideas for a name for this new award, please send an email with your suggestion.
In April I plan to take my 1965 Corvette to the NCRS Joplin Regional. This will be its first judging at a regional event, and I’ve enlisted personal friend and noted Corvette restorer Carl French (owner of Midwest Corvettes and Classics) to handle most of the chassis and mechanical items needed to attain a Top Flight status. Carl and his crew do great work, so I highly endorse his shop. Call 816-903-2277 to speak with Carl.
I’ve just published “Tommy’s,” a new watercolor of a Venetian Red 1956 Corvette parked at Tommy’s Original Hamburgers in Los Angeles. This was a commissioned work by the current owner of the ’56. Her father was the original owner, and her family often rode in the car for burgers at Tommy’s. It’s a really special story and is available in all four Giclée sizes on paper and two Canvas Giclée sizes.
Also complete is “Wings of Eagles” featuring a pair of Gull Wing Mercedes Benz cars, a red 1957 and a new 2010 model. The wall behind them celebrates Germany’s St. Pauli Girl Beer, complete with mugs of beer (mugs and jugs). It is available in all four Giclée sizes on paper and two Canvas Giclée sizes.
“Grand Sport Evolution,” another new watercolor, features a Torch Red Corvette Grand Sport Coupe parked next to a wall ad for Champion Spark Plugs. The ad shows the Grand Sport #2, driven by George Wintersteen and sponsored by Champion. It is available in all four Giclée sizes on paper and two Canvas Giclée sizes.
I’m almost finished with with another painting, one of a 2009 Wil Cooksey 427 Limited Edition parked beside the sign at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant. Wil was the Plant Manager for 15 years, so what other location could I use?
Dana Forrester, A.W.S., N.W.S.
17611 48th Terrace Court South
Independence, MO 64055