ON THE ROAD TO LE MANS A couple of sensational liveries by Elite Signs go down well in France… Bridgend-based Elite Signs, recently relocated to larger premises, has recently completed an amazing mobile homage to Le Mans racing in the head-turning shape of two clearly notable vehicle liveries for a couple of race enthusiasts’ vehicles. The job came to Simon James and the team at Elite, thanks to the company having undertaken work on the car previously. Both vehicles featured were treated like real celebrities on the way across France to the race. The Jaguar is a real exemplar of what’s possible with the right materials and talent. Starting with nothing more than a low-res photograph of the subject for reference, Simon James carefully created the design, mindful of the need to manage the subsequent application, and also created reference drawings that were approved. The livery was colour-matched to original references and then printed on MetaWrap MD-X – reproduction and colour fidelity, all agreed, was perfect. Elite’s application team, Barrie and Nicky, then applied the printed and laminated MD-X livery components to the car. The ‘Jag presents a challenging application surface to say the least. MD-X and the Elite team sailed through the job perfectly though and the work looks sensational. Silver metallic Jaguar devices were cut and applied over the wrapped and laminated MetaWrap MD-X completing the main livery elements. Metamark MD5 was printed and applied for the decal components so completing an eye-catching ensemble that the customer is nothing short of delighted with. Le Mans and the Gulf Porsche are practically synonymous and wonderfully evoked in the other half of the liveried duo. A VW “Camper” may not start with the promise of being the most appropriate canvas for a 917 homage but it really works brilliantly. A combination of Metamark M7 and Metamark MD5 gets the treatment done this time and, short of sprouting a 917-style long tail, the VW carries the act off like the class act it is. Once on the road, the pair attract the attention of everyone they pass and request for photographs come thick and fast. The liveries make the point that there’s value in wrapped vehicles beyond advertising for advertising’s sake and that the medium is accessible to all. Elite Signs and the team are as please with the works as the customer and are happy to entertain enquires from anyone with similar idea – JPS FI Styled Mini, anyone?
Vinyl Signs of Whitby puts Bothams back on the map
The charm of old, narrow streets and the bulk of modern heavy goods vehicles don’t make the best of partnerships as an ornately bracketed sign above long established bakers, Bothams of Whitby was to discover. There’s been a Bothams in the ancient port town since 1865 arguing that it has a longer-standing claim on its space than articulated trucks do.
A projecting sign identifying Bothams was recently introduced to a bit of close-quarters contact with a truck and came off second in the encounter. The sign, a beautiful hand-painted piece framed with an ornate projecting hanging bracket was created and fitted by well-known local sign artist Robert Lamerton. The blacksmith crafted bracket work was easily straightened but the sign panel itself, was beyond economic repair.
Enter Vinyl Signs of Whitby and its managing Director Robert Lamerton, the same Robert Lamerton who’s painted the original. Robert prescribed a replacement panel in more modern, resistant materials and proved that a trained eye for lettering and layout in tandem with today’s hardware and materials can produce a spot-on result.
Metamark M7 cut and applied materials now do the job once reserved for brush applied paint. The detail is cut from several Metamark M7 colours and skilfully laid up against the M7 background. Bothams now has its sign back and looking its traditional best. The sign also enjoys the benefits of its being made from modern, maintenance free materials by a hands-on craftsman.
Robert Lamerton commented, “I learned signwriting in the traditional sense and it has given me an appreciation for lettering and layout that works well it today’s modern market too. It’s good to see Bothams’ sign restored to its position above the shop. We’re ready to oblige again if needed!”
Robert’s company, Vinyl Signs of Whitby undertakes the design and production off all forms of signing and vehicle graphics and is well known to businesses in the locality.