"The Competition Has Arrived"

“In doing this painting, I had to decide if it would be a truly historically accurate piece, depicting a single event with a specific car. Or, taking a bit more creative license, creating a day and scene, based on real events, with 5 of Shelby's top performers that may have raced at Le Mans from '63-'67. I decided to take the creative route and concentrate on the excitement and awe that must have been felt by everyone present when the Shelby team landed in Europe. I wish I could have been there!"- MICHAEL IRVINE

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  • Limited Edition Print
  • Artist Proof with Single Remarque
  • Artist Proof with Double Remarque
  • Gallery Edition Canvas
  • Retouched Gallery Edition Canvas

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"The Competition Has Arrived" — The Daytona Coupe, GT40, Shelby GT350 and Cobras

My proudest moments are beating Ferrari for the World Championship in 1965, and working with Ford to win Le Mans in 1966 and 1967. - CARROLL SHELBY

The 1960s were an exciting time in the world of international racing. While Ferrari and Porsche dominated the European tracks, a chicken farmer and race car driver from Texas, built a car that would change everything.


Capturing a sense of the calm before the storm, Michael gives a nod to the 1965 Shelby GT350 R-Competition, the '66 Ford GT40 MKII, the '64 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe, the 1963 Cobra with a 289 and the '65 Shelby Cobra Competition 427, that turned the European racing world upside down. On this early morning, the peaceful calm of the French countryside is broken when the unmistakable sound of a big bore, throaty American V-8, lets everyone know the 'competition' has arrived.

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ABOUT MICHAEL IRVINE'S REPRODUCTIONSAll reproductions are individually hand-signed/hand-numbered by artist Michael Irvine • Accompanied by signed/numbered Certificate(s) of Authenticity • Limited Edition Prints and Artist Proofs are embossed with Michael's Studio Seal.
Limited Edition Print30" x 21" - Limited to 800. (Image size 26" x 16") 10pt satin finish, acid free, museum quality stock. Choice of available print number. Indicate top 2-3 choices below (eg #200/800). Last 3 digits of VIN numbers are popular.
Artist Proof with Single Custom Done-to-Order Remarque30" x 21" - Only 20 total APs released. (Image size 26" x 16") 10pt satin finish, acid free, museum quality stock. Remarque is "custom, done-to-order" in pencil or painted in watercolor (your choice). Call/email Linda to discuss your Remarque.
Artist Proof with Double Custom Done-to-Order Remarque30" x 21" - Only 20 total APs released. (Image size 26" x 16") 10pt satin finish, acid free, museum quality stock. Remarques are "custom, done-to-order" in pencil or painted in watercolor (your choice). Call/email Linda to discuss your Remarques.
Gallery Edition Canvas (All the detail—twice the size!)58" x 36" - Limited to 50. Heavy weight, acid free, archival quality canvas. Specialty coating (see About Our Reproductions). North American orders are shipped stretched (gallery wrapped) & ready to hang. Int'l orders shipped rolled.
Personalized, Hand-Retouched Gallery Edition Artist Proof on Canvas58" x 36" - Only 5 APs released. Call/email Linda to discuss custom re-touch options. Same canvas/coating as Gallery Edition Canvas (above). North American orders are shipped stretched (gallery wrapped) & ready to hang. Int'l orders shipped rolled.
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