There is an increasing trend in taking art pieces from museums to the streets, allowing every single citizen to see and enjoy them.
Even though this is becoming more popular, initiatives such as Truck Art Project are somewhat strange to the eyes of the public. This happens, even more, when projects take street art a step further. Truck Art Project focuses on decorating the trailers of a logistics company, which is something really innovative that shocks most, moving art.
But the intention of Jaime Colsa (Cafe Racer Dreams owner and promoter of Truck Art Project) goes beyond decorating the boring trucks of a logistics company with a bit of “happiness”. Truck Art Project aims to create a radical change in the way art pieces are displayed.
Up until now we have been used to seeing static art pieces, either hanging on the walls of a museum or on a wooden easle at public places. Jaime Colsa has taught that art can move so that it can be seen by anyone, even people that will never visit a museum.
This article is not only going to talk about trucks decorated by artists. Truck Art Project has become the inspiration that we needed at Cafe Racer Dreams to turn our motorbikes and cars into art pieces that are shown everywhere its owner takes them.
Keep on reading this article, because today we are talking about art on wheels.
We will also explain how we have created Jaime Colsa’s CRDCar7 from a Porsche 964.
It all started with another of Jaime Colsa’s businesses, a logistics company called Palibex.
Apart from being a successful businessman, Jaime is also an art lover and patron. With his experience in the art world in mind, he one day realized that it was really boring to deliver cargo with his company trucks just having the corporate colors or even being plain white.
This is when he realized that those immense white trailers could become the perfect place for 27 modern artists to develop their creations that would be seen all over the country.
The best of it all is that thanks to Palibex’s national and international activity, the painted Truck Art Project vehicles cover thousands of kilometers every year. This way, the art pieces can be seen by a huge audience that might not even visit museums on a regular basis. Thanks to Jaime’s idea, they are now able to enjoy moving art.
Even though this initiative was first designed to be laid out on truck trailers, we consider that our CRD bikes also offer a great space to show the creations of these contemporary artists: the gas tank, which is normally the main aesthetic feature of our two-wheeled creations.
This idea gave birth to what we at Cafe Racer Dreams like to call The Art Bike.
As Jaime Colsa says, “art is never static, it is always moving in the eyes of the artist”. And what a better moving space than one of our CRD motorbikes.
But we are ambitious by nature at Cafe Racer Dreams. And for that specific reason, we have expanded our project to the car restoration side of the business.
We are talking about our CRDCars, that have turned into the perfect canvas where our favorite artists will be able to free their artistic minds using formats that have never been seen before.
A Porsche 964 as the base of Jaime Colsa’s CRDCar7
Jaime Colsa not only has trucks and a custom CRD motorbike, but he also enjoys the CRDCar7 that can change its design and appearance according to the art piece he wants to show.
But before reaching that point, let’s delve into the details of the restoration we carried out on his sports car.
An early 90s Porsche 911
The legendary Porsche 911 manufactured between 1989 and 1994 is identified internally as the 964, even though most petrol heads call this model the Porsche Carrera 2 or Porsche Carrera 4, depending if the car has a rear wheel drive or a four-wheel one.
This model -one of the most sought out- has become a myth in the car world for being the first vehicle that mounted a retractable rear spoiler. Moreover, it is also famous for its stylized and better-integrated polyurethane bumpers, that marked a before and after in the style of Porsche.
Equipped with a 3,600cc air refrigerated Boxer engine, it yields 250 bhp. This early 90s model has become the main reference for the current Porsche Carrera, with some updated elements -such as the retractable spoiler that only activates at a certain speed- but still present in today’s models.
An outlaw Porsche out of a Cafe Racer workshop.
Experts call outlaw old Porsches that, more than restored, have been improved thanks to the flawless technical and artistic work carried out in workshops such as Cafe Racer Dreams.
Generally, outlaw Porsches are considered museum pieces due to their unique and personal character. This CRDCar7 surpasses a regular restoration process, making it especially rare. Apart from its technical characteristics improved in our workshop in Madrid, it differentiates from other more conventional Porsche restorations due to the intervention of various plastic artists that have turned the hood into a variable canvas suitable for every occasion.
Artists like Okuda or Marina Vargas have painted different hoods that can be changed depending on whatever Jaime feels like showing at a given point.
Furthermore, our intention is that more artists decorate more hoods so that this CRDCar7 can have a new image every day.
Technical details of the CRDCar7
If you like restored cars as much as we like art, you are probably wondering how we created this unique and unrepeatable machine.
For this reason, we are going to dedicate this final part of the article to make some comments about a few of the most notable elements of the build.
Rims: Classic Porsches are well-known for their rim designs. In order for this CRDCar7 to maintain its personality, we have worked with Fifteen52 to give it a set of rims that would respect the spirit of the model, which at the same time allows to show the stunning red brake calipers.
Steering wheel: Another basic elements that gives our CRDCar7 such a magnetic and sports car feeling is the Magnus Walker Ltd. edition steering wheel designed by Momo.
Headlights: If there is an element that is easily recognized in any Porsche Carrera, those are its rounded headlights. In this occasion we have chosen the ones manufactured by 9eleven Headlights, a brand specialized in classic Porsches.
You can watch a video of the CRDCar7 here:
- Brand > Porsche
- Model > 911
- Generation > 911 Carrera (964 1990)
- Engine > 3.6 (250 Hp)
- Type > Coupe
- Number of seats > 2+2
- Lenght > 4250 mm.
- Width > 1574 mm. (Back) // 1560 mm. (Front)
- Height > 1320 mm.
- Engine Position > Back
- Fuel System > Direct Gas Inyection
- Max Torque > 310 Nm (31,6mkg) to 4800 (212 cv)
- Cylinder construction > Boxer
- Number of cylinders > 6
- Number of valves per cylinder > 2
- Fuel > Gas
- Traction > Rear Wheel Drive
- Gear > Manual
- Front Suspension > Blistein – 30 mm.
- Back Suspension > Blistein – 30 mm.
- Front Brakes > Air cooled disks (298 mm) 4 pistons
- Rear Brakes > Air cooled disk (299 mm) 4 pistons
- ABS > No
- Direction, type > Hidraulic
- Exhaust > Porsche Sport
- Tyres > Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 205/45/17 (front) 235/40/17 (rear)
- Rims > Fifteen52
- Headlights > 9eleven Headlights
- Steering Wheel > Momo Magnus Walker Ltd Edition
- Dashboard > Handmade by CRD