1967 Can Am Stardust Grand Prix Original Abriella Sammy Artwork
Stunning original artwork depicting the start of the Third Annual Stardust Grand Prix in 1967. This race was held at the Stardust International Raceway in Spring Valley, Nevada. 1967 saw the second year of The Canadian-American Challenge Cup, or Can-Am Series as it was known. During its formal years, the series was as close as you could get to an “anything goes” formula with very few engine capacity and technical restrictions. This lead to some of the most powerful and innovative race cars ever built. Many of the ideas that went into the construction of these machines paved the way for the technology of most of today’s race cars. Two of the biggest innovators of the early Can-Am cars were Jim Hall (Chaparral Cars) and Bruce McLaren (McLaren Racing) who’s self-built and funded race teams dominated the early years of the series. Both were experts at aerodynamics and ground effects and both pushed the boundaries of their respective machines to make them go faster each race.
This artwork has Jim Hall in his #66 Chaparral, leading #4 Denny Hulme in a McLaren M6A. Just behind is #6 Mark Donohue in a Penske Lola and #5 Bruce McLaren in another McLaren M6A. It is in an abstract style that depicts the illusion of speed so much so you can almost hear the thunder of the monstrous V8 engines these machines were powered by.
The work is by the talented young Canadian artist Abriella Sammy. Sammy studied Fine Arts at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and also graduated with a double major in Fine Arts History from the University of Toronto. The medium she chose for this work is oil on canvas. Its approximate size is 30 x 24 inches. Sammy can be seen completing and signing this work at the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame Induction Dinner in Toronto on February 12th 2020. This was in celebration of Bruce McLaren and McLaren Racing being inducted into the Hall of Fame in the International category.
Sammy explains the process of the artwork “The painting style is meant to emphasis the speed and the movement of the cars with paint lines extending from the tires. The oil paint is layered and textured throughout certain parts of the vehicles to accentuate the vibrance and beauty of these iconic racing cars. The background landscape is drawn from an actual photograph from the race displaying the beautiful mountainous backdrop behind the track”
Don’t miss out on this rare piece of Motorsport Art History.