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Ian Cook's Popbang Auto Art - Web Exclusive

Jul 22, 2009

It wasn't only the exhaust pipes that were popping and banging at the British round of the World Touring Car Championship, after artist Ian Cook brought his own `Popbang Auto Art' touch to the event at Brands Hatch in southern England.

The 25 year-old artist created an image of Rob Huff's WTCC Chevrolet Cruze in the public area of the race circuit, drawing crowds throughout the day.

Unlike normal paintings, Ian uses remote control cars and old tires to apply the paint to canvas, rather than a brush. "It all started when an ex-girlfriend bought me a remote control car for Christmas," said Cook. "She told me not to take it to my studio and not to get any paint on it. So, of course, I immediately did both!"

In order to make the Cruze image even more unique, Ian invited Cambridge-born Chevrolet works driver Rob Huff to add his own personal touch - Huffy painted the front spoiler of the car using a scale replica of the `Bumblebee' Chevrolet Camaro featured in the movie Transformers 2, before signing it.

To add further interest, the painting was finished using the nearside front tire from Alain Menu's race-winning Cruze, which stormed to victory in the first race of the weekend. It was an impressive Chevrolet 1-2 finish, with Huff in second place.

"I've created specific images for people before," said Cook. "But to do one using part of the actual vehicle and a racing driver to control one of my cars is entirely new," said Cook.

The finished image, which is over six feet wide, will go on display in the Chevrolet team hospitality unit for the next two WTCC meetings.

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