Tags: 2015 Motocross of Nations, acrylic painting, acrylic paintings, Carlsbad, Danny Magoo Chandler, FFM, FIM, georges Jobe, Giuseppe Luongo, Marty Moates, Motocross des Nations, Motocross of nations, motorcycle artist, Mx Files, Rob kinsey art, Roger DeCoster, Ryan Villopoto, Todd Huffman, USGP Carlsbad, World Motocross championships, Yamaha, Youthstream
It’s been 14 years since a British rider, Jamie Dobb captured our last World title after a titanic struggle against injury claiming the 125cc World Title for KTM, after the glory years of Graham Noyce, Neil Hudson and Dave Thorpe though-out the 70’s and 80’s.
However one British artist, Rob Kinsey has made his way to the top in the world of Motocross art through hard work and determination. Rob’s work adorns the walls of Youthstream’s Geneva Headquarters, CEO Stefan Pierer’s office at KTM Austria and is in high demand from clients such as Honda Europe, KTM and many team owners and private collectors worldwide, but just how did the 58 year old Brit. rise to the top?
Rob, you seem to have been around motocross for many years in different roles, how did it all start?
Our family moved up from Crewe Cheshire in 1968, when my parents bought a garage just north of Kendal, Cumbria. My uncle Jack gave me his old DOT 197cc bike and my dad, Fred, who had worked at Rolls Royce in the design dept. explained how to get it going. After that we started schoolboy scrambling, racing against Noycey and Neil Hudson and progressed up in to the adults, racing Montesa’s for Paul Ludlam M/c. I then got a good deal on a Maico 440cc in 1978 and had a great year winning Yorkshire GN, second in supports at Hants Grand International at Matchams etc.
During this time I was studying Technical Illustration at Blackpool Art College, learning all aspects of art and how to do cutaway illustrations of engines, parts diagrams etc. These were drawn by hand using ellipse templates, Rotring technical pens etc All of my college projects were motocross based and I approached TMX News, whose editor Bill Lawless gave me my first break, publishing a series of 3 centre page drawings of Graham Noyce, Neil Hudson and trials rider Nigel Birkett.
How come you didn’t continue with TMX News?
Back then the print industry was heavily unionised and I wasn’t a member of the N.U.J.(National Union of Journalists). The in-house graphic designer at TMX complained to Bill Lawless who didn’t want to upset the apple-cart at their offices in Morecambe.
What did you do after graduating?:
I worked for a couple of studio’s in Manchester, but soon became tired of doing repetitous parts illustrations, for companies like David Brown Tractors, so I moved into sales of art materials, then onto Dunlop Motorcycle tyres and also several bicycle companies such as Muddy Fox and Dawes.
Were you still involved in motocross?:
Yes, after a brilliant holiday to California and seeing Supercross in San Diego for the first time , I came back and formed my own company Stadium Motorsports Promotions Ltd. I was also in contact with US Supercross founder Mike Goodwin and arranged meetings for us at Wembley Stadium and also represented Goodwin and his Stadium Motorsports Corp at the 1984 FIM Congress in Munich. We were awarded 2 rounds of the inaugural World Supercross Series in 1985, The Rodil Cup at WembleyStadium, London and the La Coliseum.
What happened to the Wembley event?:
We had contracts all signed with Stadium and backing for many of Goodwin’s US sponsors, Coca Cola, Wrangler and Honda, but it all fell apart when the ACU demanded a £10,000 sanction fee for Wembley. Goodwin’s exact words were: Fcuk that!, I can get LA Coliseum or Anaheim permit from the AMA for $2,000 US dollars and I know I will get 20 to 30,000 paying fans. On the way back to drop Mike off at Heathrow airport, he offered me a good deal on his Supercross footage, so I formed Stadium Video Europe ltd, and had 7 great years distributing Supercross, AMA Motocross nationals and Rick Johnson instructional VHS videos throughout UK and Europe. Eventually the fledgling sports TV companies, such as Eurosport, BSkyB started buying up coverage, curtailing the home video market.
In 1988 I started Moto Travel organising package tours to Motocross des Nations and our big event was the Bercy Supercross in Paris. The first year we took 350 British fans to the event with 6 coaches and also chartered an aircraft for a VIP package. Looking back these were great times and I made £39,000 profit from that one event, a lot of money back then! The second year we did the Paris event again trips to Namur and also the USA Experience Tour, 2 weeks in California with 25 guys taking in the Superbowl of Motocross and USGP. We had some great years but the 80’s recession and downturn in the economy hit ticket sales.
How did you get back into artwork?:
I’d been a sales manager for various bicycle and motorcycle companies, but became burnt out of the constant pressure to sell more, lonely hotel rooms, driving, mountains of reports, 70 hour working weeks etc. Recently re-married I discussed it with my wife Jo and decided to go back to my artwork and see if I could resurrect my career? At the last minute I decided to drive down to the 2006 MXDN at Matterley Basin, Winchester, blagged my way in the press room and saw this exhibition of paintings by a French artist, the press, industry were all raving about! I thought,” I can do better than those” and encouraged by my old friend Davey Coombs I did two paintings of Jim Pomeroy and “Holeshot Unadilla”, featuring Chuck Sun. RacerX featured these on their website and named me “Artist of the Year” in their year end annual awards. The phone started ringing and several orders came in overnight from the USA.
Anthony Sutton of Dirt Bike Rider also gave us some great publicity at the International Dirt Bike Show.
We then set a target of the 2007 Motocross des Nations at Budds Creek, Maryland USA to launch Rob Kinsey Art, creating a body of original paintings and also limited edition giclee prints to exhibit.
Working flat out all summer, Rob created a body of work to exhibit as well as Limited Edition Giclee prints and enlisted the help of old friend Davey Coombs. We flew all the originals and prints out to RacerX offices in Morgantown, West Virginia and enlisted services of a local framer to frame several prints. My first exhibition was at the British MXGP at Donington Park, where Youthstream had agreed to display my work in the Press Office. I also had Chuck Sun flying in to race the Vets championship for CAS Honda. We got the paintings all displayed but there were problems with Chuck’s licence and entry. Rob was sat in Giuseppe Luongo’s office’s when he got a call from the hospital to say his mother Bet had died suddenly. The Ward Sister said there was nothing that would happen until after the bank holiday weekend, so stay at Donington and do the exhibition, it’s what your mum would have wanted!
Shocked with the news, Chuck Sun and friends rallied around and Rob made many great contacts that weekend and after organising the funeral, flew out to Washington DC, to visit the capital and meet up with his old friend Davey Coombs at RacerX offices in Morgantown, West Virginia, where he had shipped all his paintings and print stock.
Parking their hired motorhome up in RacerX carpark, Rob and Jo were given the tour to meet everyone and Davey gave him the keys to his Mercedes, saying he didn’t need it for rest of week, so go enjoy the sights of West Virginia. Customs import delays on paintings were sorted out, exhibition stand built and onward to Budds Creek Maryland for the 2007 Motocross of Nations.
Rob and Jo were then invited to a reception at the Belgian Embassy in Washington DC, to present Team Belgium to the world’s press and for Rob to present Roger DeCoster with one of his paintings.
The Budds Creek MXoN event was a great success, selling many prints and original paintings, launching Rob Kinsey Art into America, a big thanks to Davey Coombs and promoter Jonathon Beasley for all their help in making this happen!
The profile of Rob Kinsey Art now changed to more commissioned work of original art and less on the print sales. KTM Austria commissioned a painting of Tyla Rattrey to celebrate his 2008 MX2 World championship, presented at the Donnington Park MXoN in the Red Bull Hospitality suite.
The following year at the Motocross of Nations in Franciacorta Italy, Youthstream commissioned a painting and presented it to Ricky Johnson and they also paid for Danny Chandler to attend and threw a surprise birthday party for him Saturday night.
Presentation at Honda Europe HQ to Kenan by Robert Masterson of Honda.
In 2012 KTM Austria won 12 World titles across Motocross, Enduro, Rallye and Road racing. I was commissioned by Pit Bierer, Head of Motorsport to create a painting to be presented to Stefan Pierer at their Christmas party at the factory in Mantighofen Austria.
One of Rob’s biggest commission was to celebrate Giuseppe Luongo’s 30 years of promoting Motocross, at a party at the 2013 Italian MXGP at Maggiora, Italy. The canvas was 6ft x 2ft in size.
In 2013 Youthstream commissioned a painting of 8 time World Champion Tony Carolli, whose father passed away that summer.
Painting in Tony’s villa near Rome.
Looking foward to 2016, Rob is working on a collection of paintings to celebrate the 30 years between 1986 MXDN at Maggiora and the upcoming 2016 race at this classic Italian venue. A healthy commission book reflects and enviable reputation Rob has built up as one of the world’s premier motor-sport artist’s.
Tags: 2015 Motocross of Nations, FFM, FIM, Giuseppe Luongo, Honda, Justin barcia, Motocross des Nations, Motocross of nations, Rob Kinsey Art The MX Files, Roger DeCoster, Ryan Villopoto, World Motocross championships, Youthstream
After Moto 2, the 2015 MXoN was a two way battle between defending champions France and America, who were eager to repeat the success of Team USA at Ernee in 2005, when Ricky Carmichael, Kevin Windham and Ivan Tedesco won and started a win streak for America.
Inside the pits, team managers and staff were trying to work out the overall team scores which had France and America tied going into the all deciding final moto.
Mid-pack starts by both Justin Barcia and Jeremy Martin meant they would have to dig deep and pass many riders if they were to win!
So ended another great Motocross of Nations and the home crowd went home happy. Well done to all the riders, mechanics, organisers, FIM and Youthstream for producing such a great event you have to witness in person soon.
Roll on Maggiora 2016!……………..can’t wait to see how the Italian Tifosi celebrate this great event, the 30th anniversary of Team USA’s Dream team of David Bailey, Rick Johnson and Johnny O’Mara epic win back in 1986!
“The French really wanted some!”…………………………………………………………………………….Part 2 of Motocross of Nations, Ernee 2015 blogPosted: October 5, 2015 in Uncategorized
Tags: 2015 Motocross of Nations, Asterisk Medical Crew, Ernee, FFM, MXGP, Roger DeCoster, Ryan Villopoto, Team USA, World Motocross championships, Yamaha, Youthstream
So with 1 moto down and Team USA firmly in the driving seat, it was time to check out the action inside the Team USA rig.
As all their riders, Barcia, Webb and Martin were Yamaha mounted the Team based themselves out of the Kemea Yamaha truck, beside the Alpine Stars Hospitality unit, where Team members had special wrists bands to get into the right hand side of the unit and were catered for fantastically by the Alpine Stars crew. Whilst the mechanics worked on the bikes under the awning in full gaze of the 10 deep crowd, Team Manager Roger DeCoster and the riders gathered in a secluded high secure area behind the truck, to prepare, talk tactics, away from the constant autograph shouts from fans.
Later on this week I’ll be posting my third and final blog on the MXoN with lot’s more exclusive photo’s, more Monster girl’s and the crazy podium celebrations! If you like what you see appreciate your comments…………………………..
“The French really wanted some!”……………………………………………………………………. Motocross of Nations, Ernee, France 2015 blog part 1Posted: October 1, 2015 in Uncategorized
Tags: 2015 Motocross of Nations, Alpine Stars, Ben Townley, Cooper Webb, Evgeny Bobryshev, FFM, Fox, Gautier Paulin, Giuseppe Luongo, Jeremy Martin, Justin barcia, Marvin Musquin, Moto Club Ernee, robkinseyart, Roger DeCoster, Romain Febvre, Shaun Simpson, Youthstream
Arriving early on Friday morning to collect our passes, you could already tell this 69th Edition of the Motocross of nations was going to be a big one, when the riders living area was already full and spilling over into neighbouring fields.
With a full day to get set up in the media tent, meetings with various people, I also had to deliver my latest commission to Giuseppe and Ursula Luongo in their Youthstream offices.
Got chance to also meet up with old fiends Eric Peronnard of Fox and Jonathon Beasley, promoter of the memorable 2007 MXoN at Budds Creek Maryland, USA.
Gabriele Mazarollo, owner of Alpine Stars graciously allowed us to exhibit the late Danny Magoo Chandler painting from his historic 1982 MXDN and Trophee des Nations 4 moto clean sweep.
Kris Egbert, one of Magoo’s closest friend’s, who brought him to Europe for the MXDN at Donnington Park 2008 and his final MXDN in Franciacorta Italy in 2009, bought the painting but has allowed us to exhibit it these past 7 years. Kris took the painting back to America to loan to the AMA Hall of Fame in Pickerton, Ohio.
Friday night supper was interrupted by the constant sound of revving chain saws, pit bike racing, music, fireworks and even someone valve bouncing and R1 Yamaha to destruction. Curious, we decided to take a walk up into the camping area to see this madness first-hand!
Saturday morning and the free practice sessions for MXGP, MX2 and Open class were soon out on track as a massive crowd flooded every part of the venue.
Saturday night was the annual Youthstream Awards on the Sky Box behind the start gate, where champions from every class were recognised.
Seated on the chairs, you could feel them sinking into the soft tilled dirt of the start straight, much to everyone’s amusement.
Sadly 3 x World MX Champion David Thorpe was unable to attend to collect his Lifetime Achievement award and painting, which will be presented at a later date.
The whole French crowd were on tip toes as moto 1 (MXGP & MX2) blasted off the line!
That’s a wrap for Part 1 of this extensive blog. Check back over the weekend for part 2, Inside Team USA camp and all the action from the deciding 2nd and 3rd moto’s plus pandemonium on the podium!
All photo’s copyright of Robert Kinsey. Any non sanctioned commercial use or reproduction forbidden!
Tags: acrylic on canvas, LA Coliseum, Marty Tripes, Mike Goodwin, Rob kinsey art, Supercross, Yamaha
Back in 1972 Marty Tripes was a puppy faced youthful 16 year old, with a factory Yamaha and tons of natural talent when he entered the LA Coliseum for the first ever Supercross held inside the former Olympic venue.
Mike Goodwin, a rock & roll concert promoter had come up with the idea of moving the often dusty and dirty outdoor motocross events into the comfort of football stadiums, where spectators could see everything from the comfort of a seat and easily grab a hot-dog or a beer. Goodwin came up with the idea whilst sat on the toilet in Belize, central America, reading about how a promoter had sold out Madison Square Garden in New York for a flat track race. Goodwin and his wife Diane, jumped in their beat up VW camper, drove to the Coliseum and convinced the owners to hold the inaugural Superbowl after sketching a rough track design on the back of a cocktail napkin. Goodwin invited all the top European riders, like Hallman, DeCoster, Hansen, Kring, Aberg, Bickers etc to come and show the young inexperienced Americans how to ride Motocross inside a stadium. They knew little of a young 16 year old kid, named Marty Tripes from San Diego, but by the end of the balmy July night, his name was on everyone’s lip’s!
Goodwin made the race part of the Inter-Am Series, which used to attract some of Europe’s best riders to the United States during the summer months. Torsten Hallman, the multi-time world champion from Sweden, led a large contingent into the Coliseum, but it was a just-turned-16-years-old Yamaha rider that would steal the show. Marty Tripes, a superbly talented teenager on a yellow Yamaha, was barely old enough to have a driver’s license (he turned 16 just ten days before the race). Over the course of three motos, Tripes would finish 2-2-2 to score the best overall finish of the night. In doing so, he set a record for the youngest AMA Supercross winner ever, a standard that will likely never be surpassed.
Fast forward 43 years and Marty’s friend’s Jim Beauchamp and Keith Lynas approached Professional Artist Rob Kinsey to commission a painting of Marty winning the first ever Superbowl of Motocross. The trouble was, in the pre digital camera days not a lot of colour photo’s had been archived and eventually Rob had to work from old newsprint black/white shots and research all the colours, add in the Coliseum peristyle, crowd etc.
Luckily I was able to find some other colour photo’s of Marty’s race kit and bike to get the colours accurate/
Working on the painting took approx 40 hours of work.
The presentation to Marty was arranged for a surprise birthday party on June 27th, where Jim presented Marty with the painting, which was well received and even brought a tear to Marty’s eyes for the generosity of his friends and remembering back to that night in July 1972.
Tags: Dougi mercer, Motocross, National Twinshock Motocros Series, Oil paintings, Rob kinsey art, Toughsheet re-cycling, VMX
Andy Cleaver of Yorkshire VMX recently commissioned this oil on canvas painting of himself in action at the VMXDN @ Farleigh Castle Motocross.
This was an 18″ x 24″ stretched linen canvas painted in oils. Here’s the painting in it’s early stages
Andy was really pleased with the result and is giving the painting to his Mum, who used to come to every race with him.
Dougi Mercer, MD of Toughsheet Recycling, sponsors of the National Twinshock Series, had an old photo from his racing days that had sadly been bleached by sunlight and was very faint. Dougi commissioned on Oil on Linen Canvas painting, size 18″ x 24″ to capture in exacting detail his favourite photo for posterity.
Oil painting is a lot more complicated than water based acrylics, due to extended drying times and having to use mediums to thicken or thin the paint for glazes, detail etc. The result’s though are outstanding, the vibrancy of the colours just “ping out!” No wonder the old masters used them to such good effect.