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GP Week : Issue 214
F1 >>> FEATURE 25 GPWEEK.com // 25 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: insight. And that’s so important to me: capturing the essence and personalities of the subjects, beyond their obvious skill behind the wheel.” A few examples of the testimonials appearing on the paintings perfectly showcase what Dickens and Sutton set out to achieve: Jackie Stewart on Jim Clark: “Jim Clark was probably the shyest man ever to win a Formula One World championship. He was modest, unassuming and a genuinely nice man as well as being a wonderful friend. Jim was certainly the greatest driver I ever raced against.” Stirling Moss on Juan Manuel Fangio: “For me, Juan Manuel Fangio will always be the greatest racing driver ever. A man of enormous talent, humility, honesty, honour and integrity. It was an honour to compete against him and an even greater honour to become his team-mate. He was a wonderful friend and teacher. It has been my pleasure to follow him on the track and in life.” Murray Walker on Juan Manuel Fangio: “Fangio is the ultimate motor racing legend. His modesty, humble charm and great sportsmanship endeared him to everyone and set an example for all his successors.” Martin Brundle on Jim Clark: “He was one of the all time great drivers. His driving style and skill behind the wheel was supreme and silky smooth. I remember when he died to this day. The truly great so often die young.” Jo Ramirez on Ayrton Senna: “For me, Ayrton Senna had the most uncanny will to win that I have ever seen in any other driver or sportsman. His dedication for his profession was second to none and the way in which he applied himself to achieve perfection was to be admired.” Diehard fans will notice that there are eight world champions who don’t appear in the line-up: Giuseppe Farina (1950), Alberto Ascari (1952- ’53), Mike Hawthorn (1958), Phil Hill (1961), Denny Hulme (1967), Alan Jones (1980), Keke Rosberg (1982) and Jacques Villeneuve (1997), “It’s a subjective thing,” admits Dickens. “We initially chose 20, which soon became 24. It would be very difficult to do all 32 at the same time – and to collect tribute quotes would have been a Herculean task!” In a final teaser for art and F1 lovers, Dickens offers: “I might do the other eight at some point. Let’s see how the first 24 fare...” STOP PRESS: The publicity and reaction surrounding the announcement of World Champions in Art has produced an intriguing scenario: in short, Dickens will now complete the remaining eight World Champions in Art, before the entire collection, with all 32 champions, is released. That release has thus been held back until the work is completed, in mid-2015! More information: worldchampionsinart.com