A limited-edition print depicting every race car that Justin Wilson drove to victory -- from a Formula Vauxhall in 1994 to a Verizon IndyCar Series Dallara in 2012 -- is among the items featured this week on the Wilson Children's Fund auction site.
Wilson succumbed Aug. 24 to a head injury sustained in a race the previous day. Proceeds from the auction of racing, other sports and entertainment memorabilia and other items will be directed to Wilson's family. More than $550,000 has been raised through the auction, which began in mid-September.
The 18-inch x 12-inch color print was created by INDYCAR art director Ryan Long and illustrator Andy Blackmore.
"In addition, Andy did quite a bit of research to figure out the specifics on the older cars that didn’t have much photo reference available, talking to teams, photographers and even Justin’s father Keith to get all the details just right. For me, it was a blast to get a chance to draw some cars that I’ve never gotten to draw before, like the Panoz DP01, and to dig into the archives and spend some time updating and improving some old Indy car illustrations.
"I think Andy would agree 100 percent that if we as designers can have fun putting together a project like this that fans will get excited about and be proud to display in their homes, and that can also help raise money to support such a fantastic cause, that’s a great thing to be a part of."
Rowland Printing in Noblesville, Ind., donated the printing and HardingPoorman in Indianapolis, which is an official printing partner of INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway, donated the printing on the Rolling Stones print.
CLICK HERE to purchase the print and view and bid on other unique items this week, including a tour of the McLaren Technical Center in England, an autographed concert-worn Brad Paisley cowboy hat and a helmet autographed by two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk and other 500 Mile Race winners.
Additionally, a limited edition reproduction of signed and numbered prints of noted artist Bill Patterson’s original work depicting Wilson’s final Indy car victory at Texas Motor Speedway in 2012 – painted live Aug. 31 at the Verizon IndyCar Series Championship Celebration – are available by clicking HERE, with $100 of each print sold contributed to the fund.
Tribute T-shirts are available by clicking HERE, with proceeds also directed to the fund.
Contributions can be made directly to the fund by clicking HERE or by mail to: Wilson Children’s Fund, c/o Forum Credit Union, PO Box 50738, Indianapolis, IN 46250-0738.