These Porsche Panels Have Been Transformed Into Vibrant Pieces Of Motorsport Artwork
We appreciate tasteful art aimed on the subject of cars, and our new shop partner, After the Race, embodies this in a pretty literal sense. By painting genuine Porsche body panels to recall some of the marque’s greatest racing efforts, the extra dimension of these pieces brings you physically closer to otherwise untouchable machines. There are very few of us that can afford to own a part of a race-winning or film-star Porsche, but with these OEM 911 panels slathered in their markings, the imagination needs less work to put itself in pit lane at Le Mans, or in the African desert, a hairpin on the Targa Florio.
Plus, if you’ve ever heard a complaint from your roommate, significant other, HOA representative, etc. about storing car parts on your property, you can at least say that some of your stash is bonafide artwork. It goes without saying that these body panels are not take-offs from the cars whose liveries are depicted on them, but they are all real Porsche pieces, and said liveries are painted on by hand—no wraps or stickers here. No two are identical, and the patina elements are recreated using oil, tire rubber, and other race consumables to achieve the most authentic look possible.
The company behind these unique panels arose from a decades-long friendship between graphic designer, entrepreneur, and part-time racer Jean-Denis Claessens, and painter and famed Belgian street artist Edmond “Pogo” Thonnard. The After The Race project represents the culmination of this duo’s interdisciplinary talents as artists, as well as car enthusiasts of the “lifer” variety. The pieces below—representing everything from Rothmans Porsches on the Dakar to the first turbocharged car to race at Le Mans—are new additions to the Petrolicious Shop that we are excited to offer to fans of Porsche and motorsport history in general.