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Shifting Gears - Tales of pistons, paint cans & personalities


In 1948, in a home alongside a two lane country road which turned out to be the site of the first Road Race in the United States, an adventure started. Interestingly, speed and art were crudely mixed into a wild blend, which led an Upstate New York sign painter on a series of incredible journeys. From lettering Formula 1 cars in the early 70s to applying the art of sign painting at NASCAR Race Tracks from Watkins Glen to Daytona, the “Tales” will tell of behind the scene adventures that the average person has never seen or could imagine.

Some of the “Tales” take place at Watkins Glen Raceway, Talladega Superspeedway, Daytona Speedway, and Chicagoland Speedway and others. In these surroundings the art of sign painting is performed at a new level. Working in an intense atmosphere of fast approaching “Race Day” required skill, ingenuity, dedication and luck!

Intertwined in the sign painting adventures is a 15 year stint in auto racing, from dirt track ovals to NASCAR Modifieds which leads to even more interesting tales.

Speed, art, comedy, frustration, joy, and danger combine to make “The Tales of the Famous” interesting reading as seen and lived through the eyes of Tony Vickio.