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?
TECHNO CLASSICA, ESSEN
In March 2013, Robin exhibited again at Techno Classica in Essen, Germany. This year he had a larger stand and was able to show his extended range of sculpture as well as his large prints.
Techno Classica is a huge and sumptuous five day feast for classic car buffs, with hall after enormous hall of delicious classic machinery to gorge on.
The crazy Friday night party is great for exhibitors to meet up with old friends and make some new ones. This year, Robin was invited to the Classic and Sportscar Dinner, a marvellous affair, held in what must be the oldest surviving building in Essen and certainly one of the most beautiful.
It was a great week.
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.
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.
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.
Part of Carroll Shelby's personal collection
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
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
The stand at Automobilia
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'
Mercedes Streamliner at Retromobile
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.
Gordon Murray has agreed to sign a limited edition of ten prints of 'Piquet '83', the Brabham BT52.
7 - 11 FEB
7 - 9 SEPT
THE ART OF MOTORING