Comma Painting Aided by Avon-Shod Caterham, F2 Car
Using the tyres of a 6-tonne racing truck, an Avon-shod Formula Two single seater, race bike and a Caterham as his paintbrushes, artist Ian Cook – famous for using radio controlled cars in much the same style – has created a unique 50 square metre work of art. The painting was commissioned by oil and car care company, Comma, to launch a £2 million motorsport giveaway at the company’s website.
Cook swapped his signature paint-covered, radio-controlled cars for real vehicles for the first time in his career to generate the giant image which celebrates British motorsport. After more than 40 hours painting with radio controlled cars in his studio, Cook spent a further eight hours at Brands Hatch circuit delicately directing the Avon tyres of a Caterham R300 sportscar and a Formula Two racer. He also used a racing bike and a 6-tonne truck to complete the art.
Comma’s £2 million motorsport promotion has been launched to celebrate the company’s continuing technical partnership to the FIA Formula Two Championship, which, like all Caterham motorsport series, employs Avon rubber. Tickets for more than 100 different race events between June and November are included in the offer at MotorSport Vision circuits – Brands Hatch in Kent, Oulton Park in Cheshire, Snetterton in Norfolk and Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire – when customers buy selected packs of Comma’s Performance Motor Oil range.
Avon Tyre’s European marketing communications manager, Sarah McRoberts, said, “Our tyres are tested thoroughly on the road and track but this was a first for us. It was great to play our small part in helping Ian create his art work, while also supporting Comma’s campaign.”