The Italian Job Lives I by Tony Smith
380 x 250 mm
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Every year a steady stream of Mini fans descend on the Alps and Turin in Italy to follow in the tyre treads of Paddy Hopkirk and co who transformed the image of a humble, affordable family car into a tarmac-snorting vehicle of impeccable motorsport pedigree. This seeming miracle was performed to the backdrop of the Monte Carlo Rally of the early to mid-1960s, which witnessed the evolution of this unassuming little car. And of course they make this pilgrimage in the unassuming little car itself, as originally designed by Sir Alec Issigonis and that ultimately changed the face of motoring indefinitely. And who better to capture this than acclaimed motorsport artist, Tony Smith, who is no stranger to the subject matter after previous compositional visitations.