“Ever since I was a young boy I’ve been drawing sports cars” is an impressive illustrated book. It presents the latest sports cars to you in its 252 pages. The original title is from its two authors, Bart Lenaerts and Lies de Mol, and was first published by the publishing house Waft based in Belgium. Claudia Buchholtz has translated the book into German. The book has been available from the Delius Klasing Verlag publishing house from 2014.
Children’s dreams come true
“When I grow up, I want to be a fire fighter”. This statement or a similar one can be made by all children when they are in their formative years for many other professions as well. Only the smallest number of these children will achieve this long held dream that they have harboured right from the beginning. Most of them will take up a different career after completing school. This career may then have absolutely nothing to do with their original desire. Also, some of them do not really know what they want to become even after completing their 18th year. It is also just because of the fact that children are not taken seriously by their parents when they express their first desire with regard to their profession that it is much more surprising when these dreams actually become reality one day. “Ever since I was a young boy I’ve been drawing sports cars” is dedicated to the unconventional quest to design fast cars and not to drive them. This is a characteristic that all the automobile designers who have been presented in the book may have in common.
The world’s latest sports cars and how they became what they are
The above is the german sub-title of the book. In this brilliant text and picture volume, 16 models of sports cars along with their designers and the history of their individual design processes are presented to you. These cars do not fulfil any practical purpose except for the desire to be faster, better looking and to perform better than their competitors.
Several colour and black and white pictures along with wonderful sketches from the drawing boards of the designers give you an insight into the designers’ work and also give you a glimpse behind the scenes, which will bring you, as the reader, closer to the technical sophistication of the development process. The book is itself a work of art that unifies information with aesthetics in a fascinating way. It shows you the work and the processes utilised by design teams, which are very often confidential, from all their points of view and also presents the exclusive models in seductive poses. Bart Lenaerts, the very successful author from Antwerp, was permitted to look over the shoulder of designers at the best-known design studios while they were working and to find out how the perfect proportions are determined and how the elegant lines and the exciting shapes are defined. Only those real sports cars, about which people begin to dream, are presented in the book.
The car as a luxurious creation
The world’s latest sports cars are generally the first series-produced cars that have benefitted from the latest inventions that, not seldom, have their origins directly from the racing circuit. They are the avant-garde, the crème de la crème of the automobile industry and are as individualistic as their designers themselves. In the book, these designers, in a dialogue with their colleagues, tell you about the history of their luxurious creations and their various aspects such as the interiors, exteriors, colours and material selection. It sometimes takes years until a new model is ready and sometimes just a few months. Also, as nothing in this world is without an alternative and there are always several other possibilities from which the best is always selected. The result is then as unique as this book that should not be missing from the bookshelf of any racing car enthusiast. It does not matter whether it is an Aston Martin Vanquish, Bugatti Veyron, Mercedes SLS AMG, Lamborghini Huracán, Ferrari, Maserati, Bentley, Porsche, Jaguar or Chevrolet, these and other luminaries are all presented to you in “Ever since I was a young boy I’ve been drawing sports cars”.
Posted on 11.09.2017