Drawn to Speed: The Automotive Art of John Lander
For automotive artist John Lander, cars are more than just transportation: "Some are beautiful examples of rolling sculpture. I try to do more than just draw pretty pictures of cars; I include interesting people, backgrounds, and try to set a mood or tell a story." The work of years, this collection of Lander's vintage car art includes more than 100 color illustrations with a short description, including comments by the artist, for each picture.
became the exclusive distributor for BMW in England. The cars were marketed as BMW–Frazer Nash. After World War II, the company continued for some years using a modiﬁed version of the BMW engine. With their solid rear axle and quick steering, I always picture the cars driving ﬂat out at the limit—“At 10/10s.” — 118 — 8. OTHERS “Just Plane Bored” W henever I saw pictures of a Gee Bee, I thought to myself, what a neat little plane. The Gee Bee, designed and built by the Granville brothers,
K AND WHITE “Leonidis” T his car and its owner, Miles Collier, appeared in another section, Heroes and Their Cars. This drawing shows the car as it appeared at Le Mans in 1939. The body was bare aluminum at this time. The only color was a small American ﬂag on the hood. The picture shows a young Miles Collier proudly posing with his unique MG Special. I have always liked this little car and felt a black and white drawing would show it to full advantage. — 144 — 9 . S T R I C T LY B L
— 168 — 10. P RELIMINARY DRAWINGS French Curves — 170 — 10. P RELIMINARY DRAWINGS An Evening at Ciro’s — 172 — 10. P RELIMINARY DRAWINGS Phantom by Moonlight — 174 — 10. P RELIMINARY DRAWINGS Gullwing — 175 — This page intentionally left blank CHAPTER 11 Building a Picture A n illustration is a contrived picture. The picture may be a historical event or pure ﬁction. The artist comes up with an idea. Research is done and reference is gathered. Pictures usually
intentionally left blank CHAPTER 3 The Squire Obsession M y longtime interest in the Squire automobile goes back to the 1950s. In fact, my ﬁrst published illustration was of a Squire roadster. The Sports Car Club of America journal, Sports Car, ran the illustration on the back inside cover in1956. In 1973, I worked with Bill Jackson, who was then editor of Classic Car, on a deﬁnitive article about Squire. I did two illustrations for the Jackson article and one was the color centerfold for
“Skimpy.” The original Vanden Plas body was mounted on the chassis of a single-seat car that the factory had raced. This car, COA 420, was wrecked and dismantled. The Stonor car with its “Skimpy” body was exported to Cape Town, South Africa, by the Hon. John de Villers before World War II. In the 1970s, it was restored in South Africa. The car has since returned to Great Britain and is enjoyed by its current owner there. This is my illustration from the 1973 Classic Car magazine article. — 44