For those of you who are not familiar with speedway here is a basic overview straight from the wikipage.
Motorcycle speedway, usually referred to as speedway, is a motorcycle sport involving four and sometimes up to six riders competing over fouranti-clockwise laps of an oval circuit. Speedway motorcycles use only one gear and have no brakes and racing takes place on a flat oval track usually consisting of dirt or loosely packed shale. Competitors use this surface to slide their machines sideways, powersliding or broadsiding into the bends. On the straight sections of the track the motorcycles reach speeds of up 70 miles per hour (110 km/h).
Originating in Maitland, New South Wales, Australia, in the 1920s, there are now both domestic and international competitions in a number of countries including the Speedway World Cup whilst the highest overall scoring individual in the Speedway Grand Prix events is pronounced the world champion. Speedway is popular in central and northern Europe and to a lesser extent in Australia and North America. A variant of track racing, speedway is administered internationally by the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM). Domestic speedway events are regulated by FIM affiliated national motor sport federations.
My Dad would take me to Ascot Park way back when I was a little kid to watch the high speed action. And I still make an effort to catch a race or 2 during the season (would like to make it out more). So inspired by these speed demons I ended up creating a t-shirt graphic for DSTROYR that has become a staple design for the brand.
So this week one of my assignments was to create a new deco for the 1:18 Speedway Motorcycle. Some of my favorite time spent designing beside the actual design is researching the subject. You may have an understanding of what you are going to do, but brushing up never hurts. While on my research adventure thru the internet I came across several images, videos, and this surprise.
A UK website takes the Maisto 1:18 Speedway Motorcycle and makes replicas of actual speedway bikes and teams. No Brakes UK is the site and it all started with the Maisto 1:18 scale speedway bike. These replicas started as hand painted pieces of art, and have since been translated to water decals and clear lacquer for protection.
Below are a few examples of the custom work done over at No Brakes UK.
Bruce Penhall 1982 World Final Bike
Jason Crump 2009 Grand Prix Bike
Niels Kristien Iverson 2007 Elite League Bike
Check the video and get a glimpse of the action.