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1948 Iddings Special Indy Car

Iddings Special circa 1948

Iddings Special circa 1948

Iddings Special Going To Indy

Iddings Special Going To Indy

The Story
What great opportunity to help out with another historically important race car. This assignment came to me through a referral by Ralph Zbarsky, for whom I replicated the Lockheed/Borg & Beck decal for his 1969 MGB GT recreation.

Typically, I work from period photos for these kinds of decals and this was no exception. The left side image was very good and you can clearly see the early style Perfect Circle decal directly below the “Iddings Special” characters. The owner, Bob Pavlovich, was able to supply me with the length of the hood—38″—from which I was able to extrapolate the PC decal diameter to be 6″. We weren’t so lucky on the right side decals as the only existing photograph was of very poor quality. Thankfully, auto racing writer and historian Gordon White was able to come to the rescue, providing clues to these sponsors who were represented.

With some careful detective work, we’re fairly certain the decal to the far right was Champion, the one to the far left, Veedol motor oil. We’re still researching the center image.

Early Perfect Circle Decal

Early Perfect Circle Decal

 The Decals
Perfect Circle – On the surface, I didn’t think that this one would be difficult…and, as expected, the basic shapes were simple to draw. Therein ended the simplicity as I could not find any font on which to base the letters and wound up having to draw each one by hand. It’s always a bit of challenge to replicate the hand drawn effects—shadows on the dividers as an example—using the computer but by carefully following the contours of the original artwork I was able to get nearly spot on.

Champion Spark Plugs

Champion Spark Plugs

Champion – The early Champion colors weren’t the now ubiquitous red, white, and black we know so well today but the mustard yellow and black used in the reproduction decal. I ran into the same lack of font base on this one as I did on the Perfect Circle decal, At least there was less script to duplicate. The spark plug was drawn by creating the profile in black then adding the highlights in white to re-create the drawn look of the original.

Veedol Motor Oil

Veedol Motor Oil

Veedol – Veedol was one of the regional brands of the company that would eventually become ARCO. During the time this race car was on the track, Tidewater Oil Company sold it’s oil under various brands including Tydol and Veedol. I actually used a Veedol sign as the basis for this artwork. As with the other two renditions, there was no font base available to start with (except for the text on log under the can) so the characters were all drawn by hand. That, however, was the least challenging aspect of this design as it turns out the can had been fully detailed as had the logo that appears underneath. As much time went into building the oil can and logo as went in to the rest of the decal. Came out great though.

Rebuilt Iddings #91

Rebuilt Iddings #91

And here’s a photo of the car as re-created by Bob Pavlovich. Bob didn’t have a lot to work from on this project as the original racer had been demolished in a 1952 wreck at the old Milwaukee Speedway. I can’t wait to see #91 resplendent with new period decals.

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