Renowned artist George Bartell dedicated a good portion of his career to motorsports and the automotive industry, and his work was a key element of RACER. Sadly, George passed away last month, but his legacy continues to resonate.
"George was a brilliant talent and an inspiration to me during my early years. His remarkable work made me dream of doing what I now do," related RACER founder and CEO Paul Pfanner. "It was a great honor to work with him on the RACER of the Year artwork and the "RACER's Dozen" sections in our magazine. It was also a joy to work with him in launching California Speedway in 1996. He provided the cover art for almost all of our event programs in during our Penske Motorsports era. He is also famous for his work at Capitol Records, where he illustrated the covers of many of Frank Sinatra's albums."
World-renowned automotive designer Peter Brock met Bartell when they both attended Art Center College of Design in the mid 1950s. Years later, when Brock was creating Cobra ads for Shelby American and had no cars to photograph, hiring Bartell to “create” cars via his artwork was his answer. Those ads became iconic symbols of that era.
Now, Brock has worked with the Bartell family to offer a collection of George's original art, high quality lithographs and posters signed by the artist for sale, with all proceeds benefiting the Bartell family.
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