You wake up on morning. Something's not right. Go to the washroom. Blood in your urine. Not good. Go to the doctor. They test you six ways from Sunday. Cancer. (What?)... Bladder cancer. (Now what?) Operate. Many times. They gut you like a trout and put you back together, but nothing will ever be the same. Ever. They have saved your life, and you count your blessings from the Lord above. And then the bills come. 100 grand and counting. Your name is Bobby Frey and this is a (highly condensed) true story.
Bobby is a member of the "Frantic Ford" racing team, and even though he might have more "fun" at work than some of us, he's a working guy...just like most of us. If someone handed me a bill for 100 large, I'm not sure what I'd do next. In Bobby's case it was his friends that banded together to see what THEY could do to help.
(The original Frantic Ford goes back to the early days of AA/FC drag racing. A nitro burning Hemi set into a go-cart chassis all covered up with a fiberglass shell that kind of looks like an original car, except it looks out of proportion....much too long, and hence the name "Funny Car". THAT'S what these pictures you've seen on my page are all about... the original FranticFord rebuild has been completed this spring and the car lives and races once again.)
In order to raise funds for Bobby, his friends realized that fans of the sport of drag racing flat out love pretty much anything related to the sport. Art pictures. T shirts. Photographs. Posters. Ball caps. They pondered that a concerted effort to create some new art, all based on the FranticFord Mustang, and then use the art in varied products, with any resulting proceeds generated going to Bobby's benefit.
I was asked if I could help in this effort, and I was more than happy to accept the invitation. Based on an original photo taken by (professional auto/lifestyle photographer) Tom West in early 1969 at Irwindale Raceway in California, you can see driver Ron Rivero in the bleach box doing a burnout with the Frantic Ford, (prior to several shakedown passes to ready the car for the upcoming season back east.) in this piece. Tom West has graciously donated this photo for this effort, and has given me express permission to recreate his original photo... (Thank YOU...Tom West!!)
By: Dave Wishart Art Studio