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Published on Sat, Aug 27, 2011

By: The LACar Editorial Staff

Dan Gurney in his Eagle winning the 1967 Belgian GP at Spa-Francorchamps (Hector Cademartori).

THE MOTOR RACING ART OF HECTOR CADEMARTORI Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where Juan Manuel Fangio is a household name, Hector Cademartori took an early interest in racing. Influenced by the European tradition and names like Dan Gurney, Jackie Stewart, Pedro Rodriquez, Graham Hill, and John Surtees, Cademartori began creating art based on the stories, accounts, and photos of racing days gone by.

Two Cunninghams and the Jaguar C Type of Phill Hill in hot pursue at Elkhart Lake 1952 (Hector Cademartori).

“With half of the population of Argentina being of Italian origin, Ferrari was a natural subject to start drawing,” says Cademartori. “Racing scenes with Lotuses, BRMs, Matras, and Ferraris came out of note pads much to the delight of my schoolmates. My high school teacher, however, had a different take on the fact that I was drawing racing cars and motorcycles instead of paying attention to the subject matters.” In time, Cademartori learned to appreciate the history of racing—in particular, the romance of the 1930s and 1950s served as a perfect vehicle toward beautiful art. “I started selling my motor art illustrations and paintings after I graduated from high school and moved to the US in 1983. I started showing my artwork to different people in the automobile and motorcycle fields and the rest, as they say, is history.”

Five-time Formula One World Champion Juan Manuel Fangio at the wheel of his Alfa-Romeo “Alfetta” 159 in 1951 (Hector Cademartori).

He also began selling illustrations and paintings to racing teams, corporations, magazines, and private parties. Cademartori's art can be found in and on Dan Gurney's All American Racers offices, Indianapolis 500 Yearbook covers, Laguna Seca Raceway, California Speedway, the Carrera Panamericana posters, NHRA offices, foreign and domestic automobile and motorcycle magazines, motorcycle manufacturers such as Kawasaki USA, American Honda and Yamaha USA, Toyota Motorsports, TRD and countless other places. Hector Cademartori’s corporate, team, publication and private party clients all serve to help him make a living producing motor racing art. Cademartori resides in Southern California with his wife, Florencia, and three children—Eduardo, Florencia, and Mercedes.

John Morton giving Datsun and Peter Brock’s BRE team their 1971 C Production title, SCCA Runoffs in Road Atlanta (Hector Cademartori).

For more information about Hector Cademartori’s work, click here.

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