“Like most sports car or muscle car owners, I’d love to be able to drive my car on a legendary race track! If I owned a Ford GT, the ultimate driving thrill would be at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. My idea for this painting was to capture that split second when all three GT drivers realize they are re-enacting the actions of the three GT40s as, in 1966, they raced towards one of the most memorable finishes of all time."- MICHAEL IRVINE
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The 24 Hours of Le Mans (Grand Prix of Endurance), considered to be one of the most prestigious automobile competitions, is the world's longest running endurance race of its kind. The rivalry between two auto industrialists would come to a head during that famous race in late spring of 1966. In the end, it became all about Ford v Ferrari. And a remarkable win would become the defining moment in Ford’s racing history.
In this exhilarating painting, Michael captures the heart-pounding excitement of driving one of the world’s greatest supercars on one of the world’s most prominent road tracks. Open to the public, except in June during the annual 24 Hours of Le Mans, this stretch of roadway, known as the Circuit de la Sarthe, lays between the city of Le Mans and the town of Mulsanne, France.
Reminiscent of that history-making event, on this stormy spring day, casting reflections of their iconic predecessors, these Ford GT drivers eat up the miles while experiencing the thrill of revisiting history. It was on these very same wet roads in the picturesque French countryside, that Ford's three 1966 GT40s beat Ferrari’s best during the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with an unprecedented finish of ‘first, second and third’.
|ABOUT MICHAEL IRVINE'S REPRODUCTIONS||All 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 Print||31" x 24" - Limited to 800. (Image size 27" x 18") 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 Remarque||31" x 24" - Only 20 total APs released. (Image size 27" x 18") 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 Remarques||31" x 24" - Only 20 total APs released. (Image size 27" x 18") 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!)||54" 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 Canvas||54" 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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