I’m pleased to announce my latest commission, a painting of Antonio Cairoli in action and celebrating his 7th world title with his  father Benedetto, who sadly passed away this summer.

Antonio Cairoli tribute Painting to his late father Benedetto bu Rob Kinsey Art.

Antonio Cairoli tribute Painting to his late father Benedetto by Rob Kinsey Art.


This acrylic on canvas painting, size 100 cm x 70 cm was commissioned by Giuseppe Luongo, President of Youthstream and organisers of the 68th edition of the Motocross of Nations in Kegums Latvia over the weekend of 28/29th September 2014.

Antonio Cairoli won his 8th World Motocross Championship in the premier MXGP class in what was a very challenging year, losing his father “Benny”, who died a few days before the Britsh MXGP. Tony was able to overcome his loss and win the GP at Matterley Basin, Winchester, a sign of a true champion.

For several years, I have been commissioned by Giuseppe Luongo to celebrate great moments in Motocross, including his 30th anniversary of promoting Motocross at a gala dinner at the Italian MXGP in Maggiora in June 2013.

Youthstream 30th Anniversary painting with Stefan Everts, Ursula Luongo, Giuseppe Luongo, Jean Michel Bayle, Alex Puzar and artist Rob Kinsey.

Youthstream 30th Anniversary painting with Stefan Everts, Ursula Luongo, Giuseppe Luongo, Jean Michel Bayle, Alex Puzar and artist Rob Kinsey.

Each summer I get together with Mr Luongo to decide who to honour and this year was an easy choice, as “Benny” had been such a massive influence on Tony Cairoli’s career. A commission begins with initial sketches to work out the composition, then a marker visual is produced for approval. Once agreed, the images are then scaled up and drawn onto the large primed canvas.  First task is to do a tonal under-painting, then to start blocking in major shapes, which can take several layers, before finally adding the detail, logo’s etc. This work took around 60 hours to complete but seeing the look on Tony’s face at the presentation, it was all worth it!

Cairoli painting marker visual, first draft.

Cairoli painting marker visual, first draft.

At approx 50 minutes into this video you will see the painting presentation to Tony Cairoli.

Remembering Robbie Allan

Posted: August 5, 2014 in Uncategorized

Remembering Robbie Allan.

Originally posted on Home thoughts from abroad:

Like so many others, I’m sure, I feel angry, I feel cheated and I feel sad that I have been deprived the company of this wonderful man. David was so many things to so many people. A husband, a father, a grandfather, a motocross ace, a hero, a stunt man, a businessman, a neighbour and so the list goes on. But wherever he travelled, be it racing, working or just travelling, he made friends and all those friends are hurting and missing him right now.

In the words on this page, I would like to share with you the Dave Bickers that I came to know.

Like so many of my generation, I first saw him racing on TV in the Grandstand Moto-Cross races, where he always, without fail, entertained. I was in good company, of course, as millions of TV viewers watched these broadcasts. I’m sure that when David’s…

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Kenny Brown, the mad motorcycyle trick-rider is seen here tearing it up on a Triumph.

Kenny Brown, the “Wild Man” of motorcycle trick-riding is seen here tearing it up on a Triumph.

Or rebellious riders, I should say.  Thanks to the The Jockey Journal for these amazing pics of the “Wild Man” in action. Seen above and below, “Wild Man” Kenny Brown toured the country in the ’60s putting on one man shows at Drag Strips with his incredible stunts– always on his trusty Triumph.

The British built bikes, like Triumphs, were coveted by American riders for their lighter weight– and for what some considered better handling than the American built bikes at the time. By the 1950s, more Triumphs were sold here in the U.S. than any other country hands down. Triumph had their own version of the badass big bike, and it’s the stuff of legends– the Triumph Thunderbird.

Kenny Brown favored performing his unique brand of motorcycle trickery on a trusty triumph.

Kenny Brown favored performing his unique brand of motorcycle trickery on a…

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Great blog on Steve McQueen at 1964 ISDT.

Originally posted on Speed Track Tales:

Steve McQueen‘s ‘star’ shines as brightly as ever these days, and the man is still relevant some 30 years after he left us. You will see his image on the pages of glossy lifestyle magazines promoting sunglasses, wristwatches, jackets and motorcars. Steve’s fan base is global and we know this from experience: when great McQueen property is offered, the telephones light up from Japan to Australia, from Britain to the United States.

While many of his contemporaries slip into obscurity, why does McQueen continue to hold our interest? Well, he starred in some of the most memorable movies of the Twentieth Century, he was an accomplished racecar driver, he was a great shot, he flew vintage aeroplanes, and he was also something of a hit with the ladies. McQueen could ride a motorcycle too; in fact he was bloody good — so good that together with pals Bud and…

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In September 2013 I travelled over to the annual Motocross des Nations, this year held at the Talkasel circuit in Teutschenthal,Germany. It was a very long drive from Europoort, Rotterdam to Teutschenthal situated nr Leipzig in what was the old East Germany.  I finally arrived around 5pm was able to pick up my passes and get the motorhome parked up in the living area.  Main reason for the trip was to deliver a painting commissioned by Youthstream and to be able to present it to Pit Beirer, head of KTM Motorsports racing division.  The presentation wasn’t until Saturday night so I was able to check out the paddock and watch the practice and qualifying races. More on the presentation later but here’s the action from Moto 1,the MX1 and MX2 classes


Latvia were well pleased to win the B final and get into the main event.


Team KTM pit and Ryan Dungey’s bike and helmet.


What they were all racing for, the Peter Chamberlain MXDN trophy.


Opening ceremonies and riders for moto 1


Monster girls with 15 sec board.


First corner, Aussie MX2 rider Dean Ferris with the holeshot.



Fans take advantage of every viewing spot!


Ken Roczen scubs in-front of his adoring flag waving fans.


The battle between Roczen and Tomac was this close all race.


Antonio Cairoli held a commanding lead in moto 1.


Cairoli lights the candles to win the first moto.

A packed church in Retinne, Belgium gathered to honour 5 time World Champion Georges Jobe, who passed away on 19th December, finally succumbing to Leukemia after a brave fight!
Waiting to welcome Georges coffin into Church were a Guard of Honour of many of his friends, former team mates and GP rivals with well over 25 FIM World Motocross Championships amongst them. The glory days of the 1980’s 500cc World Championships represented by Eric Geboers, Dave Thorpe, Andre Malherbe stood proudly alongside legends Joel Robert, Stefan Everts, Michaelle Rinaldi with many more former GP riders such as Johan Boonen, Raymond Boven, Jean Paul Mingels etc., together with modern day World Champion Davide Phillipaerts and many GP riders, all united to see Georges and pay their respects.
The service was relayed to the crowds outside via speakers, with emotional tributes from daughter Maite and son Vic alongside many moving eulogies from family and friends. The Priest gave such an emotive eulogy for Georges in French, spoken with such passion of his spirit as a competitor, his steeyl determination and as a loving father and coach to many young riders such as Arnaud Tonus.
TV’s played a fitting tribute to a true champion, one of the legends of the Belgian Motocross dynasty that dominated tracks around the world for decades and sponteneous applause broke out spreading outside.
After the service, Georges coffin was met by a rousing cacofony of noise from a line up of bikes from young to old, as the congregation paid it’s last respects.
Word’s cannot express my pride at being able to bring Georges some comfort and hope in his darkest hours enduring chemo, through my painting of photographer Nick Haskell’s  iconic image of Jobe jumping over friend Andre Malherbe at Hawkstone Park 500c GP in 1984. Englishman Alan Bott commissioned the artwork and then decided to give it to Georges, in honour of a fantastic career and a true champion. Georges even took the painting into his hospital room to show the doctors and nurses his finest hour and give him courage to fight on. Drinking ice cold Juliper Beer at his home, we chatted for over 3 hours, bench racing famous victories, his rival’s and toasted a great champion, it was an honour to call a friend!

Plans are underway for a Special Celebration of Georges life at the Hawkstone International on Feb. 10th, where MX1 & MX2 riders will compete in the final combined moto for the perpetual “Georges Jobe Memorial trophy”, one of Georges favourite GP trophies, to be donated and presented by his children. Organisers are hoping to re-create the original double jump again in tribute to a great champion.

Rob Kinsey www.robkinsey.com

jobe painting presentation 2012

Georges accepts painting from Alan Bott.

Georges accepts painting from Alan Bott.

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