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Gainesville, Florida is the home of Freck's Auto Art, Inc., a publisher and distributor of original limited edition racing art and memorabilia products. "It started out as a hobby back in 1998", says Joe Freck, founder and company president. " I have always been an avid race fan, which led me to begin collecting autographed racing prints, photos, team cards and other types of things. Eventually, I began trading with other collectors and dealers. The day came when I was invited by a print dealer to enter into a joint venture for a limited edition print taken from an original painting. The edition would be limited to 850 copies to be hand signed by all four of the drivers depicted in the scene. How exciting! Nearly fourteen years later I have a warehouse full of racing memorabilia and collectibles and a fully incorporated company with our own web site. Before you could say "gentleman, start your engines", we were shipping our products to people in countries all over the world."
How is a limited edition racing print conceived and produced? What makes it different from any other type of car poster? "We like to research the history of Motorsports and find races where something historic, interesting or unusual happened.", says Freck. Our research leads us to a racing scene that tells a story. We look for something with significance. Once we find that defining moment, we commission a talented artist to create an original painting depicting it. The painting is then reproduced as a high-quality lithographic or giclee print edition under our supervision here in Gainesville. Each edition is limited in number, never exceeding 850 prints, which are signed and sequentially numbered by the artist. The real challenges after that are locating the drivers who are memorialized in the print and arranging to have them personally autograph the edition. Once that is achieved, not only does our customer get a beautiful piece of artwork, but a unique and valuable memorabilia product as well.
Sometimes, we produce limited edition prints under corporate license. Our "Minardi Ford" print featuring Formula One pilot Marc Gene was officially licensed from Team Minardi. Our "Born To Race" print autographed by Richie Hearn was officially licensed by Anheuser-Busch.
Our company is now evolving into marketing, distributing, and publishing classic car art of every type of classic car imaginable, such as Ferrari, Porsche, Corvette, Pontiac Bonneville, Duesenberg, Studebaker, Lamborghini, Cobra, Jaguar, Delahaye, Cadillac, Bugatti, and more. The marques and list of these classic cars goes on and on! By popular demand we have added sculpture and diecast models to our site, too. We are extremely proud that all of these offerings are being created by some of the greatest artists from all over the globe. As our stable of fine artists continues to grow, we promise you, our valued customer, the finest automobile, motorcycle, and aviation art on the planet! Thank you for supporting Freck's Auto Art. Our goal is to meet or exceed our clients expectations.
"Our motto is that If you love racing and you love cars, you have found the right place", says race fan, car guy and art publisher Joe Freck.