straight from the sketchbooks of Jack Ashcraft - automotive designer, mechanic, builder, and dreamer
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Fast Freddy Hood Details (1969 Saab Sonett V4 Race Car)
When Fast Freddy got a winter's worth of work, one of the jobs was to lighten the hood, build a front valance with a wing for added downforce, and keep the tilting option for ease of access. Here are some of Jack's sketches:
Jack Ashcraft is a unique combination of mechanic, artist, engineer, and thinker. If he isn't wrenching on an old vintage Saab, he's likely enjoying a glass of wine and sketching some mechanical brainstorm he's had. Lucky for us, much of his work has been documented.
Shortly after graduating Art Center College of Design in 1975, Jack began a series of sketchbooks. Literally a dozen or so 8.5"x11" sketchbooks filled with hundreds of pages of mechanical drawings. Everything from dashboard layouts for a Saab Sonett, to one-off automotive creations. He's even thrown in the occasional naked woman to keep things interesting.
I'll be starting with Sketchbook #1, and working my way through the stack. Instead of simply posting from page 1 to page 2, I'm going to try and organize a few of the "topics" that Jack covers. Hopefully, I can convince Jack to give a little commentary along the way.