The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix & The Cortile is thrilled to announce that Dwight Knowlton, author of The Little Red Racing Car, has been selected as our Official Artist for 2015! Dwight will be creating our poster art and joining us this coming summer for both book and poster signing, The artwork will also be used on our billboards, ads, banners, t-shirts and many other exciting locations. The poster will be unveiled in advance of the 2015 Pittsburgh International Auto Show
Dwight Knowlton is excited to get started on the poster saying “I’m thrilled to say that I am the Official Artist of the 2015 Pittsburgh Grand Prix. I’ll be illustrating and designing the official poster, then developing additional designs for branding, t-shirts, and merchandise. I look forward to creating a truly timeless look for this years event. I’ll also be there in for the PVGP in July signing posters, books and taking in an awesome event – the only vintage racing grand prix on public streets. I hope to see you iu Schenley Park.”
”Dwight wanted to share his enthusiasm for cars with his son “When my son was born, I went looking for the perfect Father/Son/Car book and I couldn’t find it. So I created one. It’s a gift for my son, but ultimately, for all sons, daughters and car-loving families.”
The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix shares Dwight’s enthusiasm for cars and vintage racing. As the nation’s largest vintage race, with over 100,000 spectators that is free to spectators, the PVGP brings vintage racing to all generations. PVGP executive director Dan DelBianco knows firsthand saying “fans, aged from 6 to 96 come out to Schenley Park to watch the races from the snow fences and walk the car shows. I personally know of a dozen current PVGP racers that were introduced to the sport through the PVGP. They came as spectators and were immediately hooked on the sights, sounds and smells of vintage cars. Together with Dwight’s awesome book we can all continue to keep the sport thriving so that future generations can appreciate these magnificent machines and the people that created and drive them.”
DWIGHT KNOWLTON AND THE LITTLE RED RACING CAR
Dwight is a dad, husband, and passionate car guy. According to Dwight “eight months of the year, I drive with the top down. I live in sunny Phoenix, AZ with my wife, son, and new baby girl. We share the house with our dog Tess and an occasional scorpion. When my son was born, I went looking for a father, son, car book for the two of us to enjoy – a book that could help me introduce him to the love of cars. I couldn’t find what I was looking for – so I decided to create one. The Little Red Racing Car is a gift for my son – and for everyone that loves cars, family, and vintage artistic style.
The Little Red Racing Car mixes some of the best things in life: family, discovery, sports cars, working with one’s hands, and a dream realized. While the look has evolved throughout the process, it’s inspired by vintage transportation art and features one of the greatest sports-racing cars of the 1950′s – the Maserati 300S – a favorite of legendary racing driver Sir Stirling Moss.
In fact, while writing The Little Red Racing Car, I wrote Sir Stirling and shared the project with him. He liked the idea so much, he lent his name to the story! He’s been incredibly kind and supportive of The Little Red Racing Car since it’s release, so much so that I would now count him a friend.
The Little Red Racing Car has been featured in various articles and interviews including Road&Track, MotorTrend, Sports Car Digest, and more. It’s no wonder Yahoo Autos raves it’s “The Best Kids’ Car Book Ever.”
SIR STIRLING MOSS HAS AGREED TO COLLABORATE ON DWIGHT’S NEW BOOK TITLED “THE GREATEST RACE”
The Greatest Race is the story of Sir Stirling’s record setting 1955 win of Italy’s great race, the Mille Miglia. Side by side in the Mercedes Benz 300 SLR with his navigator Denis Jenkinson, Stirling Moss piloted the car 1,000 dangerous miles – through public roads and cobblestoned towns – in less than 10 hours, setting a record that still stands. It was the first win of the Mille Miglia by a non-Italian, and a first in a non-Italian car.
According to Dwight “It goes without saying that it is incredible to have Sir Stirling along for this ride. I look forward to great first-person additions to the known accounts of the race, telling the story for the first time from not a technical perspective, but in an emotional and storybook style.”
The book will be written and illustrated in a style similar to The Little Red Racing Car, with some exploration of outline and added texture. Look for updates on the blog and on Facebook as the book develops in the next few months.
SEIZE THE ROAD… AND ENJOY IT.
According to Dwight Knowlton the two words “Carpe Viam!” can say a lot. Literally, Carpe Viam means “seize the road”. So for a car guy, it means “Enjoy the exhaust note while you grip that wooden (or leather) wheel and blast through a curvy canyon.” But it can also means “enjoy the path you’re on,” which is something that I very much try to do while building this brand.
This is a compilation of articles from a variety of sources and contributors. Attrition and sources are always provided at the top and/or the bottom of the posting.