Acrylic Airbrush Painting on Hardboard
12″ x 16″
As the 1930s rode on, the monster engined racers of the early years of the decade started giving way to smaller, lighter airplanes and among the stars of this new breed was the Rider R-4, later named the “Schoenfeldt Firecracker” after racing enthusiast Bill Schoenfeldt bought it. The little yellow speed demon achieved its greatest fame in the 1938 racing season. Flown by Tony LeVier at the International Air Races held in Oakland, California, it won events and placed second in another. At the Nationals that year, LeVier hoped to win both the Thompson and Greve races. He took the Greve Trophy, but after winning, he came in hot, landing downwind at a 150mph. Overshooting the runway, he came to rest nose up with broken wing spars and split plywood covering on the wings. That ended the hopes for a Thompson win.
The painting was originally done for the Williams Brothers Model Products 1/32 box art.
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