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For the past 20 years, we at Autosports Gallery have been supplying high quality, sought-after artwork of historic motor racing events. What started out as a hobby quickly became a career for James and his wife Patricia. Though a Chartered Accountant by profession, James's passion has always been with motoring, collecting and trading brochures and magazines across the world with like-minded fanatics. This led to an interest in motoring art and, following up an advert in "Motor Sport" magazine the the early 1980’s, the purchase of a large original oil painting by Dion Pears - portraying Stirling Moss leading the 'Sharknose' Ferraris through Casino Square in the Lotus 18 at the Monaco Grand Prix in 1961. Dion had already commissioned a limited edition print of this particular piece, thus involving James in the subsequent sales. From here the business went from strength to strength, acquiring and selling other prints by Dion Pears and in due course the work of many other motoring artists, most notably publishing for Alfredo De La Maria, the Argentinian world class artist.
We have exhibited at some memorable locations; Art Expo in both New York and San Francisco; shows at Quail Lodge, Monterey, San Diego and Hershey; exhibitions and Concours d'Elegance all over Europe, Dubai and Japan. Our interest in historic motor racing has taken us to to race circuits at Brands Hatch, Goodwood, Oulton Park, Silverstone, Le Mans, Reims, Montlhery, Monaco, Spa-Francorchamps, Macao, Boavista, Luxembourg and the notorious Nurburgring, situated in the most wonderful Eifel Mountains. Though we have loved all of the locations we've been lucky enough to visit, the most unforgettable were our trips to Monaco. Over a number of years we exhibited at an interior design shop in Rue Grimaldi. A beautiful building, painted throughout in trompe l’oeil with doorways completely hidden within their wonderful paintings. From their gardens, one could see the unbelievable crowds from all over the world descending on Monaco to experience the most glamorous Grand Prix in the world. At the end of the race these wonderful worldly visitors would take off in their helicopters or race off in their Ferraris, Lamborghinis, McLarens or perhaps just stroll down to the harbour to board their yachts. Monaco would be swept and groomed and pavements washed within hours of the finish and back to its beautiful calm principality.
Over the years we've collected memories, merchandise and photographs to signify some of our best experiences. We'd love to share some of these with you and what better place to start than with our exhibitions in Monaco. Amongst our most popular artwork is that of Alredo De La Maria - loved by the locals as well as the visitors. Slightly different from what we typically supply on our website, we've produced a limited number of the posters we used to promote the shop in Rue Grimaldi for you to enjoy as much as we have. To view these, please visit our collectibles page at https://www.autosports-gallery.com/collections/collectibles.