“For those brave few that enter the unknown, confidence and courage are paramount. To have faith in a car's capabilities is one thing, but to believe in the tires' ability to hold up at over 200 mph on hard salt granules is something completely different. That takes pure guts! Whether during a Nascar race or hitting top speeds on the salt flats, Bobby Isaac had the guts to push the car, himself AND the tires to win!"- MICHAEL IRVINE
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“Nobody has ever done what this man just did!” — Joe Petrali, USAC’s chief timer
By 1969 the horsepower wars between the Big Three were in full swing. And nowhere was that more evident than at the superspeedway. It was a great time for Nascar fans as the boundaries of maximum aerodynamics were tested by the new 1969 Dodge Daytona Charger. Sporting a pointed nose cone and a rear spoiler referred to as a wing, the Hemi powered Daytona reached new speeds never before seen on the track. Racing at speeds that pushed the tire's capabilities to the limit was risky to say the least. It took a special kind of person to take on that challenge — Bobby Isaac was one of those people. With 11 victories and 20 poll positions in 1969, as well as winning the 1970 Grand National title, Isaac proved that with the right car, the right crew and the right driver, new records could be set.
By the end of the 1970 season, Nascar's edited rules made it impossible for wings cars to compete on the track, resulting in Isaac and the #71 only competing a few times in 1971. The full potential of the Daytona was clearly known by both Bobby Isaac and the K&K Insurance team and in 1971 they would show the world.
Over a period of four days on Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats, Bobby Isaac and his crew; Harry Hyde, Robert Gee, Harland Cox, Larry Ragan, Buddy Parrott, Harry Lee Hyde, Tommy Johnson, Kenneth Trout, and Ray Fox Jr. would push the envelope in attempting to break records. With Isaac behind the wheel, they would earn a total of 28 of those records, including the measured 100-mile record on a ten-mile oval flat track, the fastest flying mile (the average speed of a vehicle across two rolling-start runs of a mile) and 182.174 mph in the standing start 10-mile trap.
In this brilliantly vibrant painting, Michael pays tribute to a significant event in automotive history. On this mid-September day in 1971, Bobby Isaac pilots the 1969 stock body Charger, with a naturally aspirated 426 c.i. Hemi, as USAC official Joe Petrali clocks his speed at 216.945 mph. A new 'world record'.
SPECIAL RELEASE COLLECTOR EDITION: A limited number of the reproductions (216 Limited Edition Prints and 5 Artist Proofs) have been imprinted in the lower margin with Michael's Remarque of the famous "71 ISAAC 216.945" sign along with the Daytona, Bobby Isaac, his crew and USAC chief timer Joe Petrali. Only the first 10 Gallery Edition Canvases will have the Prive Remarque printed on the right edge.
|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.|
|◊ Collector Edition Print||31" x 24" - Only 216 of the 800 Limited Edition Prints (above) released are being offered with a '71 ISAAC 216.945' Printed Remarque. Choice of available print number. Indicate top 2-3 choices below (eg #200/800).|
|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.|
|◊ Collector Edition Artist Proof with Single Custom Done-to-Order Remarque||31" x 24" - up to 5 of the 20 Artist Proofs (above) released are being offered with a '71 ISAAC 216.945' Printed Remarque, plus a single "custom, done-to-order" Remarque. 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 two Remarques.|
|◊ Collector Edition Artist Proof with Double Custom Done-to-Order Remarques||31" x 24" - up to 5 of the 20 Artist Proofs (above) released are being offered with a '71 ISAAC 216.945' Printed Remarque, plus two "custom, done-to-order" Remarques. 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 archival coating (see About Our Reproductions). North American orders are shipped stretched (gallery wrapped) & ready to hang. Int'l orders shipped rolled.|
|◊ Collector Edition Gallery Edition Canvas||54" x 36" - Only 10 of the 50 Gallery Edition Canvases (above) have a printed '71 ISAAC 216.945' Prive Remarque on the right edge. North American orders are shipped stretched and ready to hang. Int'l orders shipped rolled.|
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