Limited-Edition Print o f 350 (13x19) prints
Signed and numbered by the Artist.
The difference between the late 50s, and the early 60s, in Drag Racing, is like comparing a 'Junkyard Dog' to a 'Prom Queen."
In the 50s, it was all about stripping the car down to it's basics, getting rid of any part that didn't help the car go faster, or adding parts in an attempt to gain speed. Although there were some finely crafted machines at that time, they were the exception to the rule. The rule being, self-built handcrafted racing machines, built in large part, by amateur builders, who were just making it up as they went along. Some guys were better builders then others, but for the most of the part, very little consideration was given to the appearance of these vehicles. Hence the term 'Junkyard Dog"!
By 1960s, the Hot Rodding scene was exploding in popularity, and the 'Custom Car Show" circuit became the ultimate place for Rodding junkies to hang. Wild Customs, dazzling Candy paint jobs, sparkling Metal Flakes, a
"Battle of the Bands" going on in the background, and giant Model Car contest for the to young to drive set, it was all there!
It was then the "Show and Go" metaphor came into play. Now all of a sudden a great deal of attention was given to the visual aspects of a car. Craftsmanship became center stage, as builders and designers improved and honed their skills.
These same cars shows, were now replete with Drag Racing vehicles of all sorts, shapes and sizes, and they were winning trophies for their appearance and presentation.
Which brings us to this little Gem of Dragster of Mooneyham & Sharp. No detail was left untouched, it was pampered like a Prom Queen,,, every part was either polished, chromed, or painted...
Some cars just look perfect in telemetry right from the start, and this is one of those...