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schosports
07-14-2008, 11:54 AM
John Shim is a MD BMW local who was chosen to compete in the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup ( http://www.vw.com/vwhype/motorsport/en/us/#/jetta_tdi_cup/welcome/ )
We had spoken some time ago that if he managed to be one of the thirty finalists, we would HAVE to paint his helmet.

John had a long break between his next race in Portland on July 25-27 so now was the time to get this thing done. We met and came up with a design for his new lid.
- stars and blue inspired by ex BMW driver, now VW, Hans Stuck
- the rear design similar to Keiichi Tsuchiya (professional driver from Japan)
- the Korean flag on the top
- the Shim family clan crest on the back
- some red and white stripes around the bottom

So after 12+ hours of sanding, masking, painting, re-masking, painting, masking.......etc, here's the final completed.
The VW, Red Bull, Castrol and williamdesignworks logos are vinyl decals I produced. I do it that way just in case John picks up or changes sponsors they can easily be removed. Everything else is ALL PAINT!
I would like to thank Jeff Shaw of Jeff Shaw's Collision Craft for doing an amazing job with the clear coat. You can hardly feel any of my paint lines!

The pics really don't do the helmet justice. It's super bright and sparkly, especially in direct sunlight.

Be sure to check out John and the VW Jetta TDI Cup at the newly opened New Jersey Motorsports Park, Sept. 26 - 28, 2008.

OwnedbyDuncan
07-14-2008, 12:31 PM
Some of best and most exciting racing at Summit Point was the various VW Rabbit and Golf Cup races in the early to mid 80's. Can still remember 40+ cars coming down the chute in to turn five in the rain. Shame VW lost their way in the US and cut back in their motorsport involvement here. Sadly the current state of VW and their inept BOD makes their survival questionable in the long term.

Dave Apker and the collies

schosports
07-15-2008, 09:37 AM
Some of best and most exciting racing at Summit Point was the various VW Rabbit and Golf Cup races in the early to mid 80's. Can still remember 40+ cars coming down the chute in to turn five in the rain. Shame VW lost their way in the US and cut back in their motorsport involvement here. Sadly the current state of VW and their inept BOD makes their survival questionable in the long term.

Dave Apker and the colliesWell, at least it's something and it's a great opportunity for a local, young driver to get out there, learn and get some experiance. Who know's where it might take him.
John is a great guy and I'm proud that I have the chance to help him out.

Car54
07-15-2008, 07:58 PM
That's awesome!

BahnBaum
07-16-2008, 03:47 AM
Bill, that's some quality stuff. Looks great.

Alex

OwnedbyDuncan
07-16-2008, 05:26 AM
Well, at least it's something and it's a great opportunity for a local, young driver to get out there, learn and get some experiance. Who know's where it might take him.
John is a great guy and I'm proud that I have the chance to help him out.

You still see drivers from the original VW Cup in road racing 20 years later.
Its a shame VW didnt maintain the series in US. Best of luck to John and hope this just the start of a long successful career.

Dave Apker and the collies

Jenson Button
07-16-2008, 08:51 AM
That helmet looks Schweet. How long does a helmet have to be sidelined to get a treatment like that done? It is cool Jeff did the clear coat for you.

Also, Bill you mentioned that you are in vinyl now. Can you make removable and reusable numbers for events where we have assigned numbers? Maybe magnets. I thought a chunky Maltese cross with 31 cut out of the center would be pretty funny on the Baron.

schosports
07-16-2008, 11:43 AM
That helmet looks Schweet. How long does a helmet have to be sidelined to get a treatment like that done? It is cool Jeff did the clear coat for you.

Also, Bill you mentioned that you are in vinyl now. Can you make removable and reusable numbers for events where we have assigned numbers? Maybe magnets. I thought a chunky Maltese cross with 31 cut out of the center would be pretty funny on the Baron. Since I do this on the side (week nights and weekends in between family time) it takes about 4-6 weeks. It also depends on how many other projects I have going. Right now I do have a few other helmets to catch up on but hope to taking new helmets in the Fall.
Jeff really did a great job of making my work look more "finished". He's a perfectionist so that's why I recommend him and use his services.

As far a vinyl, I could easily make a cool set of magnetic Multese crosses for Baron. Give me a buzz and we can knock it out.

Scany
07-17-2008, 09:01 AM
Nice!!!