NORMAN DEWIS OBE
3rd August 1920 - 8th June 2019
I was so sorry to hear of Norman's passing. I had known Norman for several years and visited him at his home in Shropshire only a few weeks ago. He had agreed to sign some more of my Jaguar sculptures. He was in good spirits and although he was finding most things difficult, including the signing, he would not be stopped and insisted on pressing on to the end of the task. He was a wonderful man. I shall miss him.
been a hectic year with exciting shows in Paris, London and California.
The prototype of the Bentley Continental sculpture was exhibited in Paris. Months were spent perfecting it. It was finally launched at the Automobilia show during Car Week in Monterey in August.
New paintings available are 'LIFT OFF'- Lotus Cortina and 'SIDEBITER' - Ken Miles in the Cobra'.
Robin was, once again selected to exhibit at THE ART OF MOTORING exhibition in Pall Mall, London.
This year saw the end of the Ford license agreement. It has been great
working with Ford, but the Mustang edition is now complete. Perhaps we can
work together on another project in the future?
Since Summer 2014, Robin exhibited at several shows in the UK including, Silverstone Classic and Goodwood Revival. He also travelled to America again for Monterey Car Week.
At the start of 2015, he showed his work at the inaugural London Classic Car Show at Canary Wharf, London, before leaving for Retromobile in Paris. In April he went to Germany for the Techno Classica, in Essen.
At the time of writing, Robin is preparing for the Goodwood Revival. He will also be showing his work at the inaugural Classic and Sports car - The London Show, at Alexander Palace, London at the end of October.
Robin has been invited to exhibit a selection of his sculptures at the 'Art of Motoring' exhibition in the Royal Opera Arcade on Pall Mall from 26th October to 31st October 2015.
MONTEREY WEEK 2013- 2014
AUTOMOBILIA 2013 - 14 is organised down to the last detail by Tony Singer. It is a small, but highly focussed show held at a local hotel and is attended by top international collectors. Tony knows his market well and is very fussy about who takes part and what is displayed. It is a marvellous couple of days and Robin has made many new and valuable contacts.
RETRO AUTO 2013 was held in a marquee at the show entrance.The public went through it on their way to the Pebble Beach Concourse. It was a hectic show with little time to look around, though Sunday breakfast was spent watching the Concourse traffic jam. What an incredible sight!
The stand at Retro Auto,
In the evenings, when the appointments and meetings have been attended to, it was time to stroll down the main street of the Old Town, kerb to kerb (and beyond) with cruising or parked up classic machinery. There, to relax at some pavement restaurant and watch the show go by with, all around, the hubbub of shows and side-shows, film shows, club events, auctions and the pulsating throb of car engines.
The following week, Robin drove down to LA to meet with the Ford licensing team and to follow up an invitation from the Carroll Shelby organisation to discuss possible licensing opportunities.
Robin Managed to get back to the UK just in time for the Goodwood Revival, utterly exhausted
Ford Motor Co. has agreed a licensing arrangement with Robin to produce a 50th Anniversary MUSTANG sculpture that is due for release in April 2014. The company has suggested that he produce a sculpture of the 2015 car.
While at Pebble Beach, Robin was invited to Los Angeles to visit the Carroll Shelby factory. Licensing of a Shelby Cobra was discussed and suggestions for other opportunities made. Robin toured the works and viewed Carroll Shelby's personal car collection. Discussions are on-going
Part of Carroll Shelby's personal collection
During Monterey Week, Robin met up with Bob Bondurant, the ex-Shelby Cobra driver, who signed an AC Cobra sulpture for a charity auction held at Santa Fe Concorso, New Mexico
NORMAN DEWIS and the 'BUBBLE' JAG
Norman, now 93, achieved the ultimate speed record on the Jabbeke Highway in 1953 driving the 'Bubble'. Norman has agreed to sign a limited edition of 120 'Bubble' sculptures. Still very active, Norman flew in for Monterey Week to appear alongside Jeff Lotman's restored 'Bubble' at Quail. He was also involved with several other events and in the evenings he appeared as guest speaker at Jaguar meetings. An incredibly energetic and very likeable man.
RETROMOBILE, PARIS 2014
In February 2014, Robin exhibited at Retromobile in Paris for the first time.
Retromobile surely must be the most stylish and flamboyant of classic motor shows. It is not a huge show, but every exhibit is special and presented with a panache that only the French can manage.
It was a wonderful show and great to exhibit alongside all the other artists in the 'Galerie des Artistes'
MUSTANG BIRTHDAY PARTY
Unfortunately, due to domestic commitments, Robin has had to cancel his trip to Las Vegas to show his Mustang sculpture at the Birthday Party.
Robin is looking forward to exhibiting at the Silverstone Classic in July before he leaves for California and Monterey Week.
The Jaguar E-type
Roadster is my latest piece of sculpture.
Edition size: 50 pieces
It measures 185mm in length
Finished in nickel £650
Shelby mural, top of the stairs, outside the Board Room
With Bob Bondurant, Cannery Row
Norman and Robin at a Jaguar gathering in Monterey, California 2013
Carroll Shelby International, Inc
Mercedes Streamliner at Retromobile
(On the GREYCAR stand)
13 - 15 SEPT
THE ART OF MOTORING,
(On the GREYCAR stand)
The weather has played it's
part in shows recently.
The Revival 2017 was rained out and I had to keep closing the tent in an attempt to protect my prints.
My next show was Retromobile in Paris and that was snowed out! For the first three days, no-one was able to get to the show. No cars, no buses, no bicycles and almost no pedestrians! My five minute walk from hotel to show took a dangerous 30 minutes to negotiate the ice!
By Thursday, my hotel couldn't offer breakfast as they were unable to get eggs, milk, or bread!
Anyway, I was able to get around and see a lot more of Retromobile than ever before!
On Friday things returned to normal and it was great to see old friends and familiar faces and to meet a lot of new people. Still a great show! Looking forward to next year.
The Beast from the East struck
again at the Goodwood Members Meeting! I had teamed up with Jerry Leach of
GREYCAR and thank goodness I sharing his trailer. I was completely
unprepared for the weather. I had a jersey, but no gloves or hat. I have not
been so cold for so long in all my life. However, it was great to meet
the hardy souls who came to the stand to say hello.
Jerry and I are planning more shows together in the future.
In April, my wife and I went to Baku for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. It was great. We had a wonderful position in the front row of the grandstand at Turn 1, where all the action happened. I got a couple of great photos with my iPhone.
Baku is very interesting and we also took some fascinating tours into the surrounding countryside.
XK70 at Shelsley Walsh was a weekend to remember. A fabulous show in a fabulous setting with fabulous weather and fabulous cars!
The gorgeous sunshine continued for Flywheel later in the month. It was my first visit to the event that is now being sponsored by Classic and Sports Car. I was very impressed. It was like The Revival Relaxed. Wonderful cars and motorcycles buzzing round a figure of eight circuit and one of the most incredible air displays I've seen!
I'm currently working on new
projects and looking forward to September for The Revival and to
the Art of Motoring exhibition at the RAC in November