“I witnessed Ferrari and Shelby American battle bitterly on racetracks around the world during the mid-1960s,” said Neale. “Some of my dearest friends, like Phil Hill, Dan Gurney and Bob Bondurant drove for those teams. My two pieces are based on personal recollections of watching those titans roam the paddocks and fight on road courses for Enzo Ferrari and Carroll Shelby.”
Neale’s piece “Competition
GTO” depicts the front three-quarter view of a Rosso Red Ferrari at speed. The 24” X 30” acrylic on canvas was created based on Neale’s first sighting of a Ferrari GTO at Daytona. It is easy to imagine the legendary wail of the V12 Ferrari as the piece almost vibrates with energy.
The other painting, “Terlingua Racing Cobra,” recalls a much lighter moment. The piece comes from a mental snapshot when Neale saw his friend, team owner Carroll Shelby, place a “Terlingua”
“We created the Terlingua logo to symbolize our West Texas community that was founded solely to have fun,” added Neale. “One of the reasons that I chose the fighting rabbit was to make fun of Ferrari’s prancing stallion crest. The King Cobra was built to beat Ferrari as part of the Shelby American team, so it seemed fitting for Shelby to paste it on the fender of the car.”
The pieces are perfect for this year’s Amelia Island Concours, which will celebrate the iconic Ferrari GTO and the Shelby team with special display of these historic cars. While Neale will display other pieces ranging in size and content, he expects pieces that honor those cars will garner the highest attention.
Neale has long been celebrated for his ability to paint pieces that accurately portray automobiles, drivers, owners and people who are associated with the auto industry. His work can be found in galleries and collections of many of the world's racing greats as well as distinguished aficionados. Neale’s involvement with aviation often shows up in his work resulting in compositions, including cars and airplanes.
His credits cover a wide range of automobile events which include Cavallino, Road & Track, Automobile Magazine, Car&Driver, Sports Illustrated and others. Neale’s commissions include posters for Automobile Concours d' Elegance and events such as the Monterey Historic Races, The San Diego Concours, Houston Classi-Chassis, Jim Hall Chaparral Museum and Carroll Shelby Nationals. He is a poster artist for the Colorado Grand Rally and in 2011 was named the first ever Grand Marshal for the event. Neale’s work has won numerous accolades in the U.S., Europe and South America including the prestigious Peter Helck and Athena awards. He also captured Mazda’s prestigious “The Emotion of Motion Award” for his painting, “Aston Martin and Friend” in 2009 at the Amelia Island Concours.
Bill Neale helped found the Automobile Fine Arts Society and serves on the board of directors. He resides in Dallas with his wife Nelda. Additional information about his work is available at www.billneale.com.
*Editor’s note: The art show from Thursday, March 8 to Saturday, March 10, is open to the public with free admission.
About the Automotive Fine Arts Society
AFAS was established in 1983 by a group of artists who are acknowledged by critics to be among the best in their field. Members work in many diverse mediums including oil, watercolors, acrylics, wood, gouache, pen & ink, clay and metal. AFAS participates in select shows across the country including the Pebble Beach Concours d´Elegance and the Amelia Island Concours d´Elegance. Information about AFAS is available at www.autoartgallery.com or by contacting Laura Sayed at (214) 520-3430 ext. 306 or email@example.com.