Period-Correct Porsche Posters And More From Collector Car Studio Have Arrived In The Petrolicious Shop
There aren’t many people who can say they’ve got a Le Mans-winner sitting in the garage, but thankfully for the un-trust-funded enthusiasts among us, there are plenty of 2D versions for us to hang their likenesses on our walls. At Petrolicious, we support (and stock in our shop) the modern artistic renditions of the classic race cars we love, but there’s no Adobe product that can replicate the authenticity of a 40-year-old piece of original artwork.
We partnered with Collector Car Studio earlier this year to bring vintage automobilia into the shop—in the form of signed race helmets and F40 cowls no less—and today we’re happy to be expanding the selection with six vintage posters featuring Porsche, Ferrari, and Audi.
Illustrating the Trophy Case
Winning on Sunday gives the marketing team a bigger budget on Monday, and nobody put it to good use like Porsche’s graphic designer Erich Strenger. Creating large-format artwork celebrating Porsche wins everywhere from Sebring to the Circuit de la Sarthe, Strenger’s work influenced just about everyone who saw it. His bold layouts and blend of abstraction and realism meant that you could consider the work as, well, artwork—not just a “car poster” to be relegated to the level of magazine tear-out.
Below we have three factory Porsche pieces—the 936 win at Le Mans in 1977, Klaus Ludwig’s DRM championship win in 1979, and the 956’s win at the Fuji 1000 in 1983—and a bit of tasteful promo sourced from a German Ferrari dealership in Düsseldorf following Niki Lauda’s 1975 championship-winning season (you can see his helmet peeking out of the in the shrunken down Ferrari 312T being swallowed up by the shark-silver 512 boxer).
The 1980s arguably saw the most rapid and violent application of new technologies in the world of motorsport. In the first five years of the decade alone, we got ground-effect Group C cars, the most powerful F1 motors to date (from turbo four-bangers), and of course, the capstone of all mechanized insanity: Group B rallying. The blocky, slab-sided, flat-faced machines that carried all this technology are not pretty in any traditional sense, but for those who know what they’re looking at, they represent the idea of form following function better than almost anything. To get a look under the skin usually requires crowding around an open hood or cowl at a vintage race event, but these highly detailed, more than semi-technical drawings offer an X-ray of the full body.
To this end, we’ve picked two cars that defined the era—the Audi Sport Quattro S1 and Porsche 956—and both are original official manufacturer-commissioned pieces. They might not be enough of a reference to build your own, but tracing the cooling systems and suspension geometry on these cutaways is enough to at least get a better understanding of what’s going on below the bodywork.