Giorgio Piola’s career started as a bet between brothers. A friendly challenge to settle the debate as to who’s illustrations were strong enough to be published in the leading motorsport magazines of the era. Giorgio won, racing headfirst into a career analyzing the technical designs of Formula 1 cars and quickly taking pole position in a journalistic area that didn’t exist before him. His amazing artwork skills that have allowed millions of fans around the world to better understand Formula 1.
For the last 50 years, and after a record breaking 814 Grand Prix covered, Giorgio has profiled every change in design and engineering for every car on the grid. In a sport where victory is determined by mere hundredths of a second, it is often the most minute change that makes all the difference.
Giorgio’s trained eye allowed him to painstakingly recreate and document each new design without missing a beat. He studied ground effect aerodynamics, passionately recreated the designs of the infamous, hell-raising V12 engines with poetic precision and documented the integration of the now commonplace carbon fiber chassis. Suffice to say, there is nothing Giorgio hasn’t seen.
Giorgio’s F1 career began at the 1969 Monaco Grand Prix and he simply hasn’t stopped drawing since. He invented a new method of covering Formula 1, and has a unique perspective on the development of the sport.
Giorgio's drawings are his legacy; his dream is to make them last for many more years and to go beyond the pages of magazine and websites. This dream inspired the 50 years collection: A series of 12 hand-picked drawings selected from the thousands that make up his archive.
These drawings tell the story of Formula 1 over the last five decades. They depict not only the cars and engines, but the creativeness of the engineers and the solutions they brought forward to gain an edge in the ultra-competitive world of F1.
These drawings make the perfect set to decorate the living space, office or garage of any Formula 1 fan. The collection is offered in three options each with its own advantages.
Made of 100% cotton paper, these prints are robust and have a natural texture that make the colors more vivid. With Gyclee printing and the use of archival ink, the quality is guaranteed. Because these prints come unframed, they give customers the flexibility to be creative in displaying these drawings and also allow for an affordable price point.
They give a contemporary look to the picture and combines high quality with perfect durability. These pictures made of aluminum composite are very light and, because of the matte finishing, they are ideal to display in areas with high-luminosity as they will not glare. The robustness of the print and materials allow for these pictures to be hung in humid rooms and even sheltered outdoor areas.
These high-end pictures provide gallery-level presentation that highlights colors and enhances the impression of depth with a timeless finishing. The multi-layered mounting with acrylic glass, real photo print sealed with elastic silicone and the sturdy aluminum backing guarantees the best display possible along with long lasting, bubble-free and crack-free mounting.
The Lotus 72D designed by Colin Chapman is one the most successful F1 car in history. The innovative car featured an overhead air intake, inboard brakes and side mounted radiators in sidepods. In 1972, with the iconic John Player Special livery, 25-year-old Brazilian driver Emerson Fittipaldi became the youngest world champion.
The 1974 Ferrari 312B3 driven by Niki Lauda and Clay Regazzoni. With ten pole positions and six fastest laps, the 312 B3-74 was a highly competitive car in terms of pure performance. The car give the opportunity for Niki Lauda for his first Grand Prix victory. The Scuderia Ferrari finished the constructors championship in the second place with three wins.
The 1976 Tyrrell P34 driven by Patrick Depailler and Jody Scheckter. Designed by Derek Gardner with keen support from Ken Tyrrell, the Project 34 is the most widely known six-wheeled F1 car. With four 10" wheels at the front, Tyrell was rewarded with a sensational one-two finish at the Swedish Grand Prix.
The 1979 Ferrari T4 driven by Gilles Villeneuve and Jody Scheckter. The T4 designed for ground effect proved to be very reliable, winning six races, three each for Villeneuve and Scheckter. Consistent point scoring led to Ferrari to winning its fourth Constructors Championship in five seasons and Scheckter his only Drivers Championship.
The 1984 McLaren MP4/2 driven by Alain Prost and Niki Lauda. Designed by John Barnard, the MP4/2 was very aerodynamically efficient. Lauda and Prost dominated the season with 12 wins from the 16 races and were often the only ones to finish on the same lap. Lauda beat Prost by half a point in the final race.
The 1989 Ferrari 640 driven by Nigel Mansell and Gerhard Berger. The car was designed for the first time by John Barnard, that brings a fantastic piece of engineering, with an extremely clean-looking aerodynamics. The Scuderia Ferrari takes three wins and finished third in the World Constructors Championship.
The 2011 Ferrari F150 driven by Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa. Alonso shined with some spectacular drives and secured all ten podiums with a victory at the British Grand Prix. The Scuderia Ferrari set three fastest laps during the 2011 season and finished third in the Constructors Championship.
The 2011 Red Bull RB7 driven by Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber. Designed by Adrian Newey, the RB7 is one of the most dominant F1 cars ever built, winning 12 of the 19 races and all but one pole position in the 2011 season. The car achieved three 1-2 finishes and only failed to finish in the top five twice.
The 2016 Mercedes AMG F1 W07 driven by Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. With 19 wins, 20 pole positions, 33 podium finishes and 765 constructors championship points, the W07 dominated the 2016 season. At the final race Rosberg was crowned as the F1 World Drivers Champion, his maiden and only title.
The 2016 Mercedes AMG F1 W07 steering wheel of the World Champion Nico Rosberg. Tailored ergonomically for Rosberg, the steering wheel has 25 buttons, switches and controls including the clutch and geat shift paddles. With carbon fiber, silicon, titanium and copper the complex steering wheel takes 80 hours to make.
The 2017 Honda RA617H engine of the McLaren MCL32. The design were prioritizing size zero packaging with split-turbo architecture, the compressor sitting at the front and the turbine placed at the rear. This was the last McLaren car to be fitted with a Honda engine. Honda's F1 project manager Yusuke Hasegawa described the new architecture for the RA617H as "very high risk".
The 2017 Ferrari SF70H named for the 70th anniversary as an automotive manufacturer and driven by Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Räikkönen. It has been Ferrari’s most successful F1 car in the hybrid era from 2014 onwards. The Scuderia Ferrari achieved 5 wins and finished second in the Constructors Championship, whereas Vettel and Räikkönen finished 2nd and 4th in the Drivers Championship.
Each Ready-to-Hang Aluminum and Ready-to-Hang Acrylic pictures will come with a T-Shirt matching the drawing of the picture selected.
These T-Shirts are 100% Airlume combed and ring-spun cotton that removes impurities and ensures the shirt stays soft to the touch. The shirt comes pre-shrunk and in unisex sizing.
The printing is done through direct to garment printing or DTG. This is a process of printing on textiles using specialized ink jet technology. DTG printers hold the garment in a fixed position and use specialty inks that are applied to the textile directly by the print head and are absorbed by the garment's fibers. The result is a high-resolution and durable print.
Furthermore, any order of Ready-to-Hang Acrylic pictures will include FREE SHIPPING.
Thanks to Kickstarter and to a direct-to-customer approach these works of art will be available at a fraction of the price you would find in retail. Furthermore, this collection will only be available on Kickstarter and will be limited to the pieces ordered in the campaign. This collection will not be available after this campaign is over.
We trust you will be pleased with your purchase and that it has arrived in good time and condition. Occasionally though, we know that problems do occur and we will strive to deal with these as efficiently as possible.
Should you need to return any picture from the collection, we will be happy to refund or exchange the item if there is a mistake on our part or the product arrives damaged.
If your order arrives damaged, please send us a photo of the damage by email to firstname.lastname@example.org within 48 hours of receipt.
Risks and challenges
We have produced samples for all these pictures so, at this point, we only need to mass produce a product that has already been tested and approved by our high standards. Having worked previously with both our printers in Germany and the United States and having received our pictures a timely manner, we do not expect any delays on the planned delivery dates. However, printing large quantities of high-end pictures is a complicated process with many moving parts that could potentially go wrong and create a delay.
Another factor that could delay deliveries is shipping and customs but, again, we fully trust our forwarding agent to anticipate and work on resolving any issues that may present. We know this as we have experienced first hand their professionalism and understanding of the freight and shipping industry.
This is our second Kickstarter campaign and we understand the complexities and challenges that come with the logistics of large orders and productions. Rest assured that we will monitor and work with our team through the entire process to make sure everything goes according to plan. In the case we were to experience a production or shipping delay we will keep our backers updated every step of the way.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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