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Pro Stock '49 Ford Business Coupe

by Jim Leming
(Issaquah, WA)


I've always liked the lines of the '49 Ford. Since you cannot improve on perfection, I decided to just keep adding to it!...

***Note from Kerry:
Hi Jim, I love the way you add whatever you want. It makes your drawings so interesting to study.

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The Great 'American' Car?

by Jim Leming
(Issaquah, WA)

...yes, I can draw real cars too...

...yes, I can draw real cars too...

For something that was made in Germany, they certainly have multiplied here in the States. Must be the humidity... I know Black Flag doesn't work!

***Note from Kerry:
Jim, my uncle would love this drawing -- he owned a veedub just like this one.

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MacLaren

by Jim Leming
(Issaquah, WA)

...MacLaren Formula Prototype...

...MacLaren Formula Prototype...

Not my usual 'cup of tea' but I like to dabble on all levels. Keeps me 'honest' as it were.


***Note from Kerry:
Jim,
Sometimes your comments make me grin. Looking at your drawing, I'd say you were honest alright!

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TV shows...

by Jim Leming
(Issaquah, WA)

...the old detective duo TV shows...

...the old detective duo TV shows...

Say what you will, Starsky & Hutch may have had its share of gafs, some of the 'iron' left quite an impression!

By the way, average draw time: Car: 75 min. MC: 40 min.
Alien: 60 - 90 depending on how far out they live.


***Note from Kerry:
Hi Jim
Hey thanks for giving the times to do your drawings, I found the Alien one amusing - thank you! You really make my day.

You also have made many other people happy because who didn't love Starsky and Hutch?

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An Oldie

by Jim Leming
(Issaquah, WA)


This one's for Marty... He's mentioned Model A's on numerous occasions and I'm finally able to answer his request.

Seen here is a cabriolet version of a '31 Ford Model A (with modifications that would make old Henry proud).



***Note from Kerry:
Jim, Marty will be your fan for life! Although I don't think the one he owned would have looked like this one ... just at a guess!


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A Mustang on a mission...

by Jim Leming
(Issaquah, WA)

...what can I say?

...what can I say?

The GT500 had a great body, trouble was, you could only stuff 429 cu.in. into it!

***Note from Kerry:
Jim, if you are having trouble thinking about things to write, you can tell us how long you have been drawing, what inspired you to start drawing, how did you learn to draw, what are your favorite mediums, do you ever sell your work .... and so on. There's a million things that we would love to know about you!

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Ford Custom 'Sunliner'

by Jim Leming
(Issaquah, WA)

1953 Ford Custom 'Sunliner'

1953 Ford Custom 'Sunliner'

It was quite a sight from the inside... The 'cool' turquoise light that spread around the interior. Then, around noon-ish, when the sun was overhead, everyone went running for shade! That 'pretty green half-top' didn't last too many years...


***Note from Kerry:
Hi Jim
That is definitely custom built! I am wondering how long it takes you to do one of these drawings?


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Crisp Fall Day at Edgewater Raceway Park

by Jim Leming
(Issaquah, WA)

A 'Hobby Stocker' rides again!

A 'Hobby Stocker' rides again!

Normally I don't do color... unless it is on commission or it is a car I really, REALLY like.

This one is water color from a picture taken at Edgewater Raceway Park, Cincinnati, OH, back around 1982 - '83.

***Note from Kerry:
Great job with water color, Jim. I like the feel of action.

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Fords and Chevys

by Jim Leming
(Issaquah, WA)


Tight levis, 'duck tails' and fuzzy dice... A right of passage for some - a badge of honor for others. Personally, I'll take it any way I can get it!


***Note from Kerry:
Hi Jim
Ah, the good ol' days, hey? This drawing is excellent (as they all are) and it certainly takes me back in time.

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Great Job Hillman

by Jim Leming
(Issaquah, WA)


I'll bet if all the London Cabbies drove these little beauties, fares would be a lot cheaper!


***Note from Kerry:
Jim,
I'm not sure I'd like to be a passenger! Good work ... again.


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Flexing of the Muscles

by Jim Leming
(Issaquah, WA)

Flexing of the Muscles

Flexing of the Muscles

There are but a rare few cars that can look 'strong' just by sitting still. As you can see... I rest my gearcase.


***Note from Kerry:
Hi Jim
This is so very well done. I could stare at your drawings for ages, there's so much to take in, I just love them -- thank you!

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If The Shoebox Fits

by Jim Leming
(Issaquah, WA)


Back in the 'Good 'ol Days' (where it seems that everyone wants to live these days) it was far more important to see the shine and hear the heavy breathing of a muscled-up engine.


***Note from Kerry:
Do you think that has changed in today's world, Jim? My son keeps his car squeaky clean and shiny, and of course, it must hum!

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I Want This Toy!

by Jim Leming
(Issaquah, WA)

...Before I die, I WANT THIS TOY!    ...please?

...Before I die, I WANT THIS TOY! ...please?

In my opinion, Dodge waited WAY-Y-Y too long to start making cool toys again. Best two ideas they ever had were the '71 Challenger Six-Pack and the '71 Charger 440 Super Bee.

Now....... T H I S !


***Note from Kerry:
My first thought was "boys and their toys" but I would love to see your wish come true, Jim! I think this drawing will find its way onto many walls, it's excellent.

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A walk down Memory Lane...

by Jim Leming
(Issaquah, WA)


After one cruises the local A&W stand, it's up and down Main Street, irritating the bejeezus out of the local Fuzz... just fast enough to keep things 'legal', but slow enough to show off!

***Note from Kerry:
Hi Jim, it sounds like you are talking about my brother - he provided my Mum with lots of worry in his younger years. Your drawing is great!

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A Little Beauty

by Jim Leming
(Issaquah, WA)

...Can there ever be enough of these Beauties?...

...Can there ever be enough of these Beauties?...

This little design was one of the most popular lead-sled work platforms that was ever created. Check some of the vintage car magazines (Carcraft, Rod & Custom, HotRod) and you'll see what I mean.


***Note from Kerry:
Wow Jim, that's a splendid drawing. You are very talented and I stand in awe, every time.

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Countach

by Jim Leming
(Issaquah, WA)


I tried my hand at creating one of these with nothing but PaintShop.

Obviously it was a mistake. Safe to say one I won't be making again...


***Note from Kerry:
Jim, you're kidding, right? I would be thrilled if I created this!! Man, you are good.

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Street Corners and Drive-Ins

by Jim Leming
(Issaquah, WA)


Just like 'muscle cars', these 'land cruisers' had their own special place in the scheme of things.

They had a respect and presence all of their own. Still do if I'm not much mistaken...


***Note from Kerry:
Hi Jim
I remember these cars although yours isn't quite like the ones that were around in my day! My brother would have loved this one!

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Nash Metropolitan

by Jim Leming
(Issaquah, WA)

...A Nash Metropolitan...(ain't she a gassss?)

...A Nash Metropolitan...(ain't she a gassss?)

Great 'eye candy'! Turn on the ignition and I think the blower would EAT IT ! !


***Note from Kerry:
Jim, eye candy is the exact term for this drawing. Simply amazing.

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Mayberry Will Never Be The Same

by Jim Leming
(Issaquah, WA)


Government speaks in terms of deterrent... Maybe if speeders were faced with this option, 'getting away with it' may not be as enticing as it once was.


***Note from Kerry:
Hi Jim
That's one mean machine! I wouldn't like to see it in my rear view mirror.

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Tuck 'n Roll

by Jim Leming
(Issaquah, WA)

...Tuck 'n Roll Lives On!...

...Tuck 'n Roll Lives On!...

A re-vamped '56 Mercury with a Carson Top (very, VERY in back in the late '50s - early '60s).

The interiors were usually so heavily padded that when you shut the door it sounded more like you were shutting a bank vault!


***Note from Kerry:
Hey Jim, I'm ready to go for a drive! Looks cool!

Remember when you could hit something and it didn't even make a dent?!!

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Over and Through

by Jim Leming
(Issaquah, WA)


I've always wanted to go 'off-roading'... With the attitude of some of these drivers today, maybe I'll just wait for a traffic jam and do my 'off-roading' there!


***Note from Kerry:
Ha ha Jim, I couldn't agree more! This is the type of vehicle I'd want to be in for your scenario. Great drawing!

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The Last Ride

by Jim Leming
(Issaquah, WA)


It never fails... It always seems to be the last ride you ever get that will be the most memorable - at least to others.

***Note from Kerry:
Hi Jim, if this vehicle was used it would certainly be memorable! Unreal drawing, the detail is wonderful.

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The Hillside Stalker...

by Jim Leming
(Issaquah, WA)

...Saturdays on the open road...

...Saturdays on the open road...

Nothing is more pleasing to the eye (or the soul) than a well-equipped, road-hugging asphalt-eater...

***Note from Kerry:
Jim, your love of cars definitely comes through in your drawings. I really like this one, too.

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Lead In The Gas

by Jim Leming
(Issaquah, WA)


With pencil, there is nothing that can remain hidden. The slightest flaw, or the sharpest reflection.

That is why I do almost 85% of my work in pencil. The other 15% is split up between oil (mostly miniatures), watercolor, pen and ink and scratchboard.

***Note from Kerry:
Thanks Jim for sharing a bit more about what you like to use. I can't move on from pencil, there's too much to learn!

This car drawing is amazing, details awesome.

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Eco

by Jim Leming
(Issaquah, WA)

...Where were all the eco-fans when this was hatched?

...Where were all the eco-fans when this was hatched?

From time to time, I let the eco side of me wander around a bit. ...'jus not too often.


***Note from Kerry:
Jim, are you sure you're not an inventor reincarnated? Wanna share some of your imagination?

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One More Shoebox

by Jim Leming
(Issaquah, WA)

...What's the world without one more 'Shoebox'?

...What's the world without one more 'Shoebox'?

If there was one car other than the '40 Ford Coupe that I would crave, it would be this 'lil hummer. Yes, yet another 'Shoebox'!


***Note from Kerry:
Jim, I think your wishlist is getting a little too long! Poor Emilie must be totally confused.

That's one cool car, man.

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Smell The Asphalt

by Jim Leming
(Issaquah, WA)


Street racing was against the law just about everywhere.

Between you and me, most racers had more between their ears than greasy hair. Funny how the Police never would admit to that... The more things change, the more things stay the same.


***Note from Kerry:
Hi Jim
As usual, your detailing is unbelievably good. Street racing is still popular even though they can have their cars confiscated these days!

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Sunny Day Drive

by Jim Leming
(Issaquah, WA)


Remember the days of the horseless carriage? I know... neither do I. Especially when you have things like this to fill in the blanks!


***Note from Kerry:
Hi Jim
We don't see many like that here anymore, there's little versions around but they don't have the same appeal.

Unreal drawing!

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Rays

by Jim Leming
(Issaquah, WA)


If there were 'Rays' like this in the water, fish would never swim again! If you had this to drive around in, would YOU swim?


***Note from Kerry:
Probably! I'm not adventurous at all. However, I think the car looks pretty cool.

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A Car Before Its Time

by Jim Leming
(Issaquah, WA)


From the body design to the overall aerodynamics, the Studebaker left the competition in the dust.

Rather than be threatened, the big three auto makers simply ran Studebaker out of the business. There was a come-back of sorts when the Avanti made it's appearance, trying to challenge the Corvette and the T-Bird. Enthusiasm was short lived.


***Note from Kerry:
Hey Jim, that is what we call a "petrol guzzler" but they sure are a pretty sight. I love the drawing.

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The Wind In Your hair

by Jim Leming
(Issaquah, WA)


The engine should always out weigh the car. That way it keeps the front down on the ground when you want to step on it! Otherwise, the only thing you'll see is a very good view of the sky overhead...


***Note from Kerry:
Jim, it's good to see you take your own advice! This is a great drawing.

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The Basic View

by Jim Leming
(Issaquah, WA)

...basic view of my challengers...

...basic view of my challengers...

Yes, I did have SOME fun back in Ohio. SUNDAY! SUNDAY! SUNDAY! Edgewater Raceway Park! BE THERE! (didn't you just LOVE those AM radio announcers?)


***Note from Kerry:
Gosh Jim, I even had the voice echoing in my head as I read your words!

Great drawing, I can smell the dust!

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Where's The Road

by Jim Leming
(Issaquah, WA)


A Road Warrior


Where's The Road
Oh to be back in the good 'ol days of 45 cents a gallon gasoline.

A Road Warrior
There comes a time in every bug's life when it must decide whether or not to try and fly across oncoming traffic. Those that make it go on to bother other poor souls... Those that do NOT, are cleaned out of the intake on a daily basis.

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Note from Kerry:

Hi Jim,

Re: Where's the road?
That's what I call deep-seated! Great drawing!

Re: A Road Warrior
Gosh, that would be the first time I have ever felt sorry for bugs!
As usual, your drawing makes a great study - I love the effects you add to the tyres and all the intricate detail that you do with so much care and attention.

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'55 Ford Crestline

by Jim Leming
(Issaquah, WA)


This was one of the very few 'sleepers' in the car kingdom. Very unassuming 312 hp T-Bird V-8, but very little actual body weight. Plenty for the budding car enthusiast to cut his / her teeth on. (yes... there were female gearheads in my school. And NO, they all didn't have "ED" tattooed on their bicep.


***Note from Kerry:
Hi Jim
Looks like a good car to use when we learn to drive!

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The Frito Bandito

by Jim Leming
(Issaquah, WA)


Holy Frejoles, Batman! We'll never get to the dance on time.


***Note from Kerry:
Jim
Your attention to detail continues to amaze me, this is another great drawing by you.


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Thunder Bird

by Jim Leming
(Issaquah, WA)


The poor lowly Falcon never got the chance to show what it could do - so I took the opportunity. Enjoy!


***Note from Kerry:
Jim, I'm surprised you didn't draw yourself behind the wheel! Cool.

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Soft Top

by Jim Leming
(Issaquah, WA)


In the early to mid-50's The lead sled came on its own and made a real name for itself. Before the days of air-ride suspension, you could 'hear' the cruisers as they came closer when their lake pipes were dragged along the ground!


***Note from Kerry:
Jim,
I'm like Marty, I'm running out of things to say about your artwork. You really astound me.

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Real English delivery!

by Jim
(Issaquah, WA )

'Haulin' Hillman

'Haulin' Hillman

Here's a tribute to all the London cabbies who do it because they love it...

***Note from Kerry:
Great drawing Jim.

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The Low Rider

by Jim Leming
(Issaquah, WA)


If there was ever a car that could be called the Low Rider instead of a Chevrolet Impala and still have people know what you were talking about, it would have to be this one.

A lover of cars of any style would always recognize this little road rocket.



***Note from Kerry:
Hi Jim, I think Marty will have something to say with this one. Your drawing is excellent.



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A tribute to the MG

by Jim Leming
(Issaquah, WA)

Crusin' through New England

Crusin' through New England

Just to keep myself honest, I do 'normal' cars too...

***Note from Kerry:
This is an unreal drawing, Jim. Do you sell any work?

It would be great if you could write more than one line please Jim, just to keep within submission guidelines.

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Milk Delivery

by Jim Leming
(Issaquah, WA)


You can always count on Big Yank Dairy to never try and PULL a fast one. To our drivers that would be udderly embarrassing.


***Note from Kerry:
Hi Jim,
The farmers would love to see that coming, they'd be udderly awesTruck.


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Stars

by Jim Leming
(Issaquah, WA)


I seem to want to say 'Thank You' to Mr. Carl Sagan for my intro, but having had two Galaxies in my life, I can appreciate the resemblance!


***Note from Kerry:
How long does it take you to do a drawing like this Jim? It's like they fly off your pencil so effortlessly but when studied, there are a gazillion details.

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Smoke-less and the Bandit

by Jim Leming
(Issaquah, WA)


There was a time when monsters roamed the Earth... then wouldn't you know, the price of gas went up. Now there's a thought... If hemlines went up as far as gas prices, all the girls would be wearing shorts!


***Note from Kerry:
Hi Jim,
Yeah, it's a shame we don't see many "beasts" roaming the streets anymore. (and, about the hemlines ... you wish!)

Nice drawing, well done.


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