Another slightly unusual vehicle to livery, but eye-catching despite its size is this Smart Car used by Zeytin Restaurant in Knaphill.
Vehicles are economical ways of using your advertising budget.
This catches attention from every angle.
The smart car is easy to park and inexpensive on tax but is not at all racy. Motor racing is certainly the theme for the William Bray pub in Shere owned by former Formula One driver and wearer of a famous white helmet, Julian Bailey. The facilities have been used prior to the British Grand Prix for TV shoots and now a special Private Dining Room has been created echoing the theme of Monaco. Pointing up the stairs is an homage to the old Monaco Street signs.
This is an original.
One Wall had a circuit layout painted on.
The wall blackboard area had information about the circuit and motor races.
Other areas reflected text in the main bar and restaurant.
The Monaco font was based on period posters which adorn the walls.
These were created by Georges Hamel, who signed himself Geo Ham.
Amazing simple timeless images from the 1920s and 30s.
This was also used on the door in gold leaf.
As I am interested in period commercial vehicles, I was pleased to find this photograph of a Delahaye which was designed by Geo Ham.
He obviously influenced the style of this 1937 Delahaye roadster as well.
I’m sure his motorcyclist illustrations also influenced the animators of the pop video for “Take on me” by A-ha, which is in turn brilliantly spoofed on “Family Guy” see YouTube (Family Guy: Chris as a-ha “Take on Me”). You mighty also like to check out Commuter (1981) by Michael Patterson.
Another recent gilding job was a simple classic Roman numeral for Grosvenor Square. This had a black outline.
This journey to London added a hanging sign to the Buckinghams Mayfair laundry and some further West Cornwall Pasty Co. outlet at Euston.
We recently visited Bluewater to paint some lettering onto a glazed tile surface for Harry Ramsden’s
We have also been very busy recently for our friends at Wellington College, Bearwood College, Reading Blue Coat School, St. Joseph’s College and Eton End School.
More seasonal was work at Riverways Farm on the Old Bath Road at Twyford who provide eggs and laying hens, but who also have Reindeer “for hire”.
Riverways have a kiosk opening up soon, call in when passing or check out http://www.riverwaysfarm.co.uk
Recent work in the home village of Bramley includes a revamp at Memories the Antiques, Collectibles and curtain outlet which I have signwritten several times over the years. http://memoriesantiques.co.uk
Also work on the former Wine Bar for Patrie Thai Restaurant.
Find out more about Patria the patron and The William Bray at
You will also see higher quality images by John Powell AVS – Albury Visual Services, with links to The Silent Pool and a mystery of Agatha Christie’s disappearance.