The restoration of Europe’s first dragster, Sydney Allard’s 1961 Allard Chrysler owned by the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, has certainly attracted support from the artistic fraternity. First it was Norwegian artist Tommy Vågen who was closely followed by UK based Paul Whitehouse. Both created paintings that were used to produce a limited number of prints - each signed by Nick Mason of Pink Floyd and Alan Allard. Canadian guitarist Ked Dieter and Booth-Arons partner Sam Eidy penned some lyrics that Ked recorded in his studio under the title Ally Blue. This is available as a download or on an audio CD. And we mustn’t forget Phil Brown who is responsible for all the Allard Chrysler Action Group (ACAG) identity on shirts and leaflets. Others are currently at work creating aspects required for fund raising and promotional material.
Latest to join the creative wing of the ACAG is Gloucester based artist Stuart Taylor who first became interested in drag racing in the early 1960’s via Hot Rod Magazine with his first drag racing meeting being Kemble during the 1964 International Drag Racing Festival organised by Sydney Allard. He has been drawing since he was 7-years old and became interested in Chinese art although he now specialises in transport and racing cars of different types. For most of his work he uses graphite pencil on heavy fine quality cartridge paper but more recently he has returned to using colour pencil to add depth to his drawings. It is this technique that he has used on the new drawing designed specifically for the ACAG’s fund raising activities. It features a drawing of the ‘Guv’nor’ himself – Sydney Allard - and the Allard Chrysler at Kemble in 1964 sporting the race number 121. Measuring 23.75 inches by 16.5 inches, each one is numbered and signed by the artist. The prints are produced on Polymeric and are only available un-mounted priced at £20.00 plus postage and packing (UK £2.50, Europe including Southern Ireland £3.00, overseas including USA £3.50).
They are now on the merchandise page of www.allardchrysler.org and a link to Stuart’s own website is posted on the ACAG site links page. There you can view more examples of his work. And he is open for commissioned work with profits donated to charity.