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MILK MOTOR CLUB MAGAZINE – HONG KONG & FERRARI

Hong Kong´s petrolhead enthusiast magazine Milk Motor Club (edited by the BLACKBIRD Group) has published in it´s latest December issue a comprehensive showcase of João´s work in a 10 page richly illustrated article. The main focus is the MACAU GP LEGENDS paintings, including an interview João gave during the 2017 MGPL exhibition in Macau.

“FERRARI FANS”

All began in the 80´s: João found the pleasure of drawing, “chose” Ferrari, Formula 1 was back to Portugal and i went to Caramulo (and it´s museum) in the summer.

A pen and pencil drawing from the late 80´s of Giuseppe Farina in his Ferrari 625 F1 at the Monaco Grand Prix in 1955, Gerhard Berger´s Ferrari rests at the boxes in the 1987 Portuguese Grand Prix and João in his teens is pictured next to the Ferrari 195 Inter from Caramulo Museum car collection.

Many years later João painted the only Ferrari 250 GTO (acrylic on canvas) to ever race in Portugal, at the 1964 Portuguese Grand Prix held in João´s hometown urban track of Cascais.

After seeing live at RETROMOBILE the legendary Ferrari 330 P4 nº 21 runner up of the 1967 Le Mans 24 Hour race, João captured (acrylic and pencil on paper) the incredible lines of what is considered by many as the most beautiful racing car ever made.

 

“HONG KONG STREET VIEW”

João was in Hong Kong for the very first time on 15 th of November 2015 and the first hours were spent drawing on the street…a Ferrari Dino in Chater Road, in the heart of the island. 
That was the moment his HONG KONG STORY began and some of his all time best works were made in or from Hong Kong and it´s unforgettable streets and cars.

A Ferrari 250 GTE makes a stop at an imaginary old Hong Kong street (watercolor and pencil on paper) a Ferrari Dino is pictured on Chater Road in Hong Kong Central (watercolor and pencil on paper) and a Mercedes-Benz 280 SL “Pagoda” rests in a “old postcard like” imaginary vintage Hong Kong neighborhood (acrylic on canvas).

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MILK MOTOR CLUB MAGAZINE – MACAU GP LEGENDS

Hong Kong´s petrolhead enthusiast magazine Milk Motor Club (edited by the BLACKBIRD Group) has published in it´s latest December issue a comprehensive showcase of João´s work in a 10 page richly illustrated article. The main focus is the MACAU GP LEGENDS paintings, including an interview João gave during the 2017 MGPL exhibition in Macau.

Eduardo de Carvalho was the very first winner of the Macau Grand Prix back in 1954 and Ayrton Senna perhaps the most famous winner of this legendary competition in 1983.
In the years of Formula One in Estoril João was lucky to see live the brasilian 3 times world champion and he cought a special moment with his camera! Also ilustrated is João´s creative process behind his paintings.

The seven time Formula One World Champion Michael Scumacher is also a legend of the Macau Grand Prix history mostly because of the dramatic battle for the win with another future World Champion Mika Hakkinen.
In 2017 João painted this 120×60 cm acrylic on canvas painting capturing the moment when in the penultimate lap Hakkinen tries to overtake Schumacher on the main straight… and crashes leaving the german free to win the race and the title.

MILK MOTOR CLUB MAGAZINE

Hong Kong´s petrolhead enthusiast magazine Milk Motor Club (edited by the BLACKBIRD Group) has published in it´s latest December issue a comprehensive showcase of João´s work in a 10 page richly illustrated article.

From his first teenage years of Formula 1 & Ferrari fanatic and aspiring illustrator to the MACAU GP LEGENDS paintings (with an interview João gave in the last MGL exhibition in Macau) and not forgetting his very special HONG KONG STORY with it´s unforgettable streets and cars.
The MACAU GP LEGENDS paintings are the main focus: two Formula One World Champions Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg open the article.

MACAU GP LEGENDS – Michael Schumacher

“Michael Schumacher and Mika Hakkinen at the 1990 Macau Grand Prix”

Acrylic on canvas
120 x 60 cm
(c) João Saldanha 2017

In 1990 the Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix would be dramatically decided in the penultimate lap between the future F1 World Champions Mika Hakkinen and Michael Schumacher.
In the first leg Hakkinnen came in first with Schumacher following but in the second and decisive race Schumacher was leading and had Hakkinnen on his tail and the finn toke a chance to overtake on the main straight but the collision hapened and wile Hakkinnen had to quit his rival went on to win the race even with a broken rear wing.

CARAMULO CLASSIC – FERRARI 195 Inter

“The Italian Racer – Ferrari 195 Inter (1951)”

Watercolor and pencil on paper
40 x 55 cm
(c) João Saldanha 2018

RACING CLASSIC – FERRARI 250 GTO

“Ferrari 250 GTO at Cascais Circuit in 1964”

The only time a Ferrari 250 GTO raced in Portugal was on 26th of July of 1964 at the Cascais urban track for the X Grand Prix of Portugal. This specific model (one of only 36 ever built) had the chassis number 3505GT (previously driven by Stirling Moss) and was driven to victory by british driver Chris Kerrison.

Although this Ferrari was actually Mike Salmon´s car he was not able to take part in the sunday race due to health issues and Kerrison broke the engine of his Ferrari 250 GT “Drogo” on the saturday practice.

Acrylic on canvas
60 x 70 cm
(c) João Saldanha 2015

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MACAU GP LEGENDS EXHIBITION

12 prints from the original “MACAU GP LEGENDS – Motorsport Art by João Saldanha” paintings are on display in Lisbon.

From Eduardo de Carvalho to Félix da Costa, from Senna to Schumacher, all can be seen at Autódromo Virtual de Lisboa, in Carnaxide (https://www.facebook.com/AutodromoVirtualLisboa/)