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JANIS JOPLIN’S psychedelic painted 1965 Porsche 356c Cabriolet

JANIS JOPLIN’S psychedelic painted 1965 Porsche 356c Cabriolet

Janis Joplin‘s famous psychedelic Porsche returned to its erstwhile Marin home, making a rare local appearance at the Marin Sonoma Concours d’Elegance, Sunday, May 16th, 2010.

In September 1968, the budding rock star paid a Beverly Hills auto dealer $3,500 for the three-year-old sports car. When she bought it, the Porsche was a factory-painted “oyster white.” For a flamboyant singer who wore rose-colored glasses and feather boas, that wouldn’t do. So she got roadie Dave Richards to paint it with swirling psychedelic images, including Mount Tamalpais on one fender and a portrait of her with her band, Big Brother and the Holding Company, on another.

The singer’s 1965 Porsche 356c Cabriolet, which she bought when she was living in Larkspur, is usually enshrined in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. It came to Marin from the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, where it was on loan.

“They used regular house paint,” Michael Joplin recalled. “They were just playing around, saying, ‘Hey, let’s make an art car.’ They were having a lot of fun. It was a convertible, and she would drive it around with the top down. People would leave notes for her on it.”

Beneath her carefree image and gaudy facade, though, Joplin was a troubled soul. And in October 1970, she was found dead of a drug overdose in a Los Angeles hotel room. Michael, 10 years younger, was devastated. “I wanted to be just like her,” he said.

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Marin Sonoma Concours May 16th, 2010

 

After her death, the Porsche ended up in the hands of her manager, Albert Grossman, who lived in Bearsville, N.Y., and let visiting rock musicians drive it when they were in town.

In 1973, the car was returned to the Joplin family.

“It was trashed,” Michael recalled. It had been sitting in a garage for a long time and it wasn’t driveable. I pushed it down the road to a guy who worked on VWs and he got it running.

My sister Laura and I drove it for the next 20 years.”

During that time, the psychedelic paint job was fading as fast as Joplin’s stardom.

“I would drive along and big chips of paint would fly off,” Michael remembered. “It was an old car, and it started falling apart. It always needed something, and we needed to repair it. After much anguish, we decided to take the paint off to save the car.”

It’s hard to imagine now, but a decade after her death, the memory of the electrifying singer of “Piece of My Heart” and “Ball and Chain” was fading fast in the public consciousness.

“Her fame was waning, and the car became more valuable as an antique Porsche than as Janis Jopin’s car,” Michael said. “Ten years after her death she was an old star. It took a while for her to achieve iconic status.”

It was only when the family produced the play “Love, Janis,” that they decided to have the old Porsche restored. In 1994, it was repainted in all its hippie-era glory.

“We were opening the play in Denver, and we thought it would be cool to put the car in the lobby,” Michael recalled. “So we had the Denver Center Theater Company’s paint shop re-create the design from the hundreds of photographs we had. After that, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame called, saying, ‘Oh, my God, we have to have that car.'”

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The Spirit of Janis Joplin’s Porsche 356 Lives On

For Porsche, 1965 was the last model year for the 356 and was denoted with a C when it was introduced in 1964, replacing the 356B.  The 356C which  featured disc brakes as well as an option for the most powerful pushrod engine Porsche had ever produced, the 95 hp (71 kW) “SC.” 356 production peaked at 14,151 cars in 1964, the year that its successor, the new 911, was introduced to the US market (it was introduced slightly earlier in Europe). The company continued to sell the 356C in North America through 1965 as demand for the model remained quite strong in the early days of the 911. The last ten 356’s (cabriolets) were assembled for the Dutch police force in March 1966 as 1965 models.

Janis Joplin’s unmistakable 1965 Porsche, which boasts a wowzer psychedelic flower-power paint job that’s a swirl of day-glo flowers, star-sign symbols, cartoon butterfly’s and even a ‘portrait’ of her band, Big Brother and the Holding Company. It’s like a moving mural. The artwork is really emblematic of the psychedelic era. Plus, she didn’t just store it — it was one of her prized possessions, so she drove it around all the time.If it was parked on a street in San Francisco somewhere, you knew she couldn’t be too far away.”

“Oh lord won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz.
My friends all drive porsches, I must make amends.
Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends.
Oh lord won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz” ~ Janis Joplin ~

Official Website http://www.officialjanis.com/

 

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Warpaint: The Graphic Design of Racing Cars

Warpaint: The Graphic Design of Racing Cars

Go Faster by Sven Voelker gives deep insight into racing-car graphic design

You’d never guess it, but these big toys for big boys were at the height of their design.
Mechanics and team members – adorned racecars with all of those flashy stripes, logos, numbers and colors prevalent race today.
A whip-fast lesson in competitive “WAR PAINT”, visual anarchy and car designs.
They were to LOOK dangerous and be the WINNER.
This video provides a very interesting look at the design of racing cars in 70s. The graphics on these cars are incredible — very minimal and nothing at all like the logo-plastered cars of NASCAR.

Go Faster is a book by a German university professor, Sven Voelker giving the clear insight into the glory of racing-car graphic design.

This book makes car fans familiar with the fact that most of the racing cars like Porsche and Ferrari were given looks not by marketing strategists or designers, but by chance.

Go Faster –The Graphic Design of Racing Cars

by Sven Voelker

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Go Faster is a collection of over one hundred examples of racecar design that documents the carefree anarchy in which they were created. In the book, each colorful racing car is featured next to a blank, white model.
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Thanks to this juxtaposition, Go Faster shows its readers exactly how graphics modulate the look of the vehicle.
The neutral models also give readers ample opportunity to imagine their own possibilities for graphic design in motor sports.
This makes the book an ideal gift for anyone interested in racing and high speeds.

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Stripes, numbers, colors, and logos – the graphic visual look of a racecar has to stand out from all the others as they go zooming by.
Most people don’t know that racing cars from the likes of Porsche, Ferrari, Maserati, and Lotus were given their looks not by marketing strategists or designers, but by pure chance.
Go Faster is a collection of over one hundred examples of racecar design that documents the carefree anarchy in which they were created.
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In the book, colorful racing cars are featured next to blank, white models.
Thanks to this juxtaposition, Go Faster not only takes its readers on a breakneck ride through images of racing history, but also shows them exactly how the graphics modulate the look of the vehicle.
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The neutral models in the book also give readers ample opportunity to imagine their own possibilities for graphic design in motor sports.
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The time and effort invested in the look of racecars is strangely out of balance compared to that used to shape the bodywork or engineer the technology present in the car.
But perhaps it is precisely this amateur quality, this anarchy and randomness that results in the irresistible attraction that racing cars and their graphics have on us.
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There are, of course, countless books on racing cars, but Go Faster is the first to focus on the graphic design of these machines.
This makes the book an ideal gift for anyone interested in racing and high speeds.Sven Voelker
http://www.svenvoelker.com/Sven_Voelker.html
is a car enthusiast and graphic designer in Berlin.
He is responsible for the global corporate design of the Suzuki Motor Corporation and other clients.

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This book with 144 pages and 21 × 26cm format was release on January 2010 and is priced at $ 40, 00. The book is the collection of more than hundred examples on race car design, documenting the carefree anarchy which these vehicles were created in.

At the same time, the book not only gives the readers a chance to know how graphics modulate the look of the vehicle but also the opportunities to imagine their own possibilities for graphic design in motor sports.

Go Faster gives meticulous attention to minutest details and discusses how the numbers, stripes, logos and colours in vehicle are not a willy nilly affair but purposefully placed by the designer team. Well, this book comes out to be a perfect gift for the racing nerds and car freaks.

While the go-faster stripe is a classic design element of the racing car, the look of these vehicles is rarely created by a designer. Sven Voelker looks at the unexplored area of fast and furious graphic art in the new book,…….

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Go Faster…

The Graphic Design of Racing Cars
Release Date:
January 2010
ISBN:
978-3-89955-279-9
Authors:
Sven Voelker
http://www.svenvoelker.com/Sven_Voelker.html
Language:
English
Features:
144 Pages, full color, hardcover
Format:
21 × 26 cm
 
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