I’m sure an art historian can educate me on the finer points of differentiation between colorful, repetitious art that is and is not considered “pop,” but what I do know is that you can fill an empty wall with ScheningCreative’s historic race car prints and give yourself something nice to look at at a fraction of the cost of a collage of soup cans or Monroes. We’ve had Arthur Schening’s artwork in the 400-euro-job Shop for a little while now, but we’ve recently added eight new choices to the collection of racing heroes he’s recreated.
At $35 each, they are affordable enough to mix and match (multiple decades, disciplines, and manufacturers are given attention in this portfolio), they are detailed enough to call the subjects within them accurate, and most important, they are stylish enough to call artwork instead of posters. There’s nothing wrong with two-page magazine spreads thumb-tacked to the wall with the staple holes and crease through the middle to show for it, but you probably wouldn’t put those up in the living room.
Not able to afford to own the cars he draws in Adobe Illustrator, Arthur Schening recreates them in two dimensions, and he’s been at it for years at this point, with no signs of slowing down his production. So, if you don’t see your favorite in the list below or in our full selection in the Shop, hang tight because there’s a reasonable probability that the car you’re after is already in the pipeline. There are plenty to choose from now though, the eight cars below being just the most recent additions.
1964 Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ
The Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ driven by Giampiero Biscaldi and Giancarlo Sala at the 1964 24 Hours of Le Mans. The Scuderia St. Ambroeus entry finished in second place in the 1.6L GT class behind another TZ.
1960 Porsche 718 RS60
Jo Bonnier and Hans Herrmann drove this Porsche 718 RS60 to victory at the 1960 Targa Florio. Before winning the 1960 Targa Florio, Jo Bonnier and Hans Hermann—along with Olivier Gendebien—won the 12 Hours of Sebring in another Porsche 718.
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL
The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL driven by Americans John Fitch and Kurt Gesell at the 1955 Mille Miglia. Fitch and Gesell won the GT class, and finished in 5th place overall.
1964 Cobra 289 Roadster
The Cobra 289 Roadster, driven for the Shelby American Team by Dan Gurney and Bob Johnson, from the 1964 12 Hours of Sebring. With about an hour left in the race, Bob Johnson smashed the number 11 Cobra into a limping Alfa Romeo TZ near the entry to the pits. The Cobra flipped end-over-end, and the Alfa burst into flames. Another driver, Jocko Maggiacomo, pulled the driver of the Alfa, Consalvo Sanesi, from the burning car. They both suffered serious burns, amazingly Bob Johnson was relatively unhurt, but both cars were totally destroyed.
1953 Maserati A6GCS/53 Fantuzzi Spyder
The Maserati A6GCS driven by Emilio Giletti and navigator Guerino Bertocchi at the 1953 Mille Miglia. They finished in 6th place out of a total of 577 cars that were entered (490 cars started the race, and 283 cars finished).
1972 Porsche 911 S/T
The Toad Hall Racing Porsche 911 S/T driven by Jürgen Barth and Michael Keyser from the 1972 1000km Nürburgring – it finished fourth in class, and 13th overall. At its next race that year, the 1972 24 hours of Le Mans, it would win the 2.5 litre GT class.
1961 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato
The Essex Racing Stable ‘2 VEV’ had an impressive racing history, including being driven by the brilliant Jim Clark at the RAC Tourist Trophy at Goodwood and the Paris 1,000 Kilometers at Montlhery.
1967 Porsche 910
The 1967 Porsche 910, entered and driven by French privateer Christian Poirot and Pierre Maublanc,won its class at the 1969 24 Hours of Le Mans, and came in ninth place overall. The car was originally built as a factory racer for the 1967 Targa Florio – where it finished 3rd overall.