Blue is the paint color of tomorrow

In a news article I read recently, automotive paint supplier PPG issued its annual forecast of popular automotive colors and they predict that blues will take on an important role in car styling. The article also stated that DuPont has seen a resurgence of blue being used.

Knowing color trends are important when creating concept artwork. When I was doing research on colors to use for the TATA Nano concept artwork, I noticed a lot of blues being used on many of today’s customized imports. In fact, the purple Nano in the artwork was originally blue until I changed it after deciding to use blue in the background to compliment the TATA logo.

So if blue is going to be the color for the future, what are the top colors now? As far as the top color, silver wins out over all others. The colors after silver are white, black, and red, in that order.

I tried to found more information about PPG’s report on their website, but couldn’t find anything. To read the news article I read, check out “Paint maker PPG sees blue as car color of tomorrow”.

Bugatti Veyron Video

I have seen images of the Bugatti Veyron and thought it was a cool looking super car, but I had no idea if it’s performance until I saw this video today.

Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear is driving the Veyron and in the video he says, “In a drag race with a McLaren F1, you could let the McLaren get up to a 120 MPH and still beat it to 200 MPH.”

I have seen Jeremy in a couple of other Top Gear videos and always enjoy his take on whatever he is driving. If you don’t know about the Veyron or it’s performance you will enjoy this video.

As far as Bugatti artwork, I did a piece of concept artwork called Roadgatti for Rod & Custom Magazine a few years back, where I crossed a Type 35 Bugatti with a 1927 Track Roadster for an article called “Reader’s Dream Rods”.

Special Vehicles at Old Settlers Parade

Antique Fire Truck – Side View, originally uploaded by gregspradlin.

If you like old fire trucks and tractors then do I have some photos for you!

These are photos I took at the Old Settlers Parade in Olathe Kansas this weekend. With the majority of the vehicles being new trucks and SUV’s used to pull the floats, I thought these vehicles really stood out.

Nothing says, “let the good times roll” at a parade more than a good old fashion horse-drawn hearse! Ha ha!

Woodward Dream Cruise 2008

Have you ever been to a Woodward Dream Cruise? I would sure like to go one day. The Woodward Dream Cruise is the world’s largest one-day automotive event. Each year they get around 40,000 classic cars from around the world.

I came across these interesting photo gallery collections from of this year’s event. The images are put together by subject titles. Each image includes a hires version so you can see more detail. Take a look and let me know what you think.