The 12th Art Car was the first to have been signed by a woman. This is
not the only fact that makes this BMW 525i so special. The South African
artist Esther Mahlangu coated the bodywork of the car with the bright
colors and clearly distinguishable ornamental shapes typical of her
ethnic tribal Ndebele art. The ancient African art could not provide a
more striking contrast to such a top-end, high speed, high-tech model
capable of reaching 225 km/h. Esther was delighted that the Art Car
managed to help introduce her tribal art to such a broad audience.
Born in the Middleburg district in the Transvaal province of South
Africa in 1936, Esther Mahlangu learned traditional Ndebele painting
from her mother. One of the many tribal art forms found in South Africa,
the striking and instantly recognizable Ndebele mural painting of huts,
undertaken only by the women of the tribe, is well known in the country
of her birth. Each pattern has a significance and meaning, much of
which has been lost in the mists of time.
Esther Mahlangu is recognized as a leading exponent of this art form
in South Africa and she is now permanently attached to the Botshabelo
Outdoor Museum near her birthplace. Recently she has made the transition
from exclusively mural painting to working on canvas. She has exhibited
her work throughout South Africa and recently gained international
recognition when she was asked to exhibit in Paris. Esther bears with
pride a responsibility for perpetuating a tribal art form of striking
intensity and her own daughter is being trained to carry on the
Daniel Norris signed a bonus worth just over $2 million to join the Blue Jays organization out of high school. While life on the road becomes normal for any pro athlete, the 21-year-old takes things to the
next level by spending his summers living in a Volkswagen camper van.
VICE Sports traveled down to Blue Jays Spring Training to meet one of
the sport's top pitching prospects.
Chris Dorley-Brown spent two summers in the mid 1980s photographing
drivers stuck in traffic jams in and around East London. This series was
his first on colour film and was created when he intended to document
the privitisation of Rolls Royce but instead became fascinated by the
faces in the traffic caused by the sell-off in the city. The cars,
colours, haircuts and expressions of frustration capture the mood and
tone of a unique era in Thatcher's Britain.
The images, all shot on film of course, have aged like a fine wine
and are now ready to be consumed by the discerning connoisseur.
‘Drivers In The 1980s’ by Chris Dorley-Brown. 96pp hardcover, gold foiled,145 x 205mm
"The World's Fastest Place" is Alexandra Lier's tribute to the
vanishing era of internal combustion and fossil fuel racing. These are
portraits of a generation of Speedseekers who cherish the smell of
gasoline and oil like the very air we breathe; people whose sense of
purpose is tied to the creation of record setting vehicles.
are powered by absolute devotion, friendship, and the ambition to
win—from the first turn of the wrench all the way to the starting line
Alexandra Lier's obsession with fast cars, customs,
racing and its attendant culture began back in 1999 when she first
visited Bonneville for Speedweek. Every year she travels to at least one
landspeed racing event, camera in hand, to document the people and the
cars. Back home in Hamburg she keeps the flame alive every time she
fires up her 1967, V-8 powered, Plymouth Barracuda.