Cover Your Walls With Martini Motorsport History: New Prints From Joel Clark Have Landed In The Shop
Joel Clark’s artwork has been a staple of the Petrolicious Shop for a few years now, so when we see his name in our inbox sharing something new we get pretty excited. On the one hand it’s always fun for us to offer more posters and prints with our readers who appreciate automotive decorations that go well beyond the fake-bullet-hole-ridden signs that say “[Manufacturer] Parking Only.” And on top of that, we’re usually keen to snag a few copies for ourselves—we vouch for everything in our shop, but everyone has their favorites and Joel’s output is consistently in that category.
His style is bold, colorful, almost cartoon-like in its contrast and saturation (the works are originally produced by layering pieces of vinyl on top of each other, with the prints made with fine art giclée on satin paper), and they are always proportionately perfect regardless of composition choices. Speaking of composition, these two Martini pieces are not the ones to get if you’re looking for a descriptive, full-car rendition of the Williams FW36 or the Alfa 155 DTM machine. They are tightly cropped, and the “faces” of the cars fall outside of the scope he’s chosen. In a sense this is very much in line with the Petrolicious mindset when it comes to classic car content: the stats and figures were published and written about dozens of years before our site came into being, so rather than retread the old ground we prefer to explore the more emotional, artistic side of the stories that these cars can continue telling to the world.
Each print is numbered and signed by the artist, and both are limited to 100 copies.
The FW36 was no world champ in 2014 when it raced at the hands of Bottas and Massa, but the drivers finished the season a solid 4th and 7th, respectively, and set a few fastest laps and pole position qualifying times in the process. In addition to being one of the consistent podium contenders throughout the season, the significance of the FW36 was the fact that it brought the stripes of Martini back into F1 after a lengthy absence—the last time a Martini livery graced a machine in the top rung of motorsport was in the mid 1970s when they paired with Brabham’s BT45s in 1976.
Everyone who loves the ’80s, touring car racing, or just plain old door-smacking, curb-hopping, spark-showering action will most likely associate the period with the E30 M3 and the 190E. But they were far from the only champs, and the era of DTM racing is so highly regarded in part because of the variety of manufacturers that competed and saw victory. Indeed, in the decade spanning 1985 to the end of 1994 (the last year of pure DTM, before it was merged into the ITC), six different marques saw themselves winning the season title: Volvo, BMW, Mercedes, Rover, Audi, and of course Alfa Corse. And while the M3 is often lauded as the high watermark, the Alfa team set the record for most wins in a single season in 1993 when Nicola Larini won 11 rounds out of the 20 (which excludes the non-points events at Donington that year).