Novel: “Fine Line” – Illustration: “Marmon Win”
“Marmon Win” is the second illustration for Jerry Slauter’s sequel to “Woodcutter’s Revival” – entitled “Fine Line”… …hence the connection with the “fine line” drawing style of the illustrations.
The Christian Adventure Novel “Fine Line” presents Christian messages as the characters track through the 1905 through 1920 historical timeframe. “Marmon Win” shows the Marmon “Wasp” (note the wasp-like tail) driven by Ray Harroun winning the inaugural Indianapolis 500 in 1911. Harroun’s average speed was 74.602 mph – a speed maintained to reduce tire wear – thereby requiring one less pit stop – a strategy that worked! Note that Harroun’s Marmon had no observer-mechanic either – made up for by Harroun’s implementation of a first-ever rearview mirror. The car also had quick-disconnect wheel and tire sets and the body was narrower than all the other cars which had two-occupant side-by-side seat designs – thus adding to the “Wasp’s” quick pit stops and early aerodynamics – very forward thinking for the time.
Daryl is shown taking a shot with a 1911 Kodak Box Camera as the Marmon crosses the line. Note that in early Indy 500’s the flagman stood in a dangerous spot – directly on the track on the outboard side. By 1920, flagmen stood in a much safer platform elevated above the track surface. The 1911 track surface was paved with bricks, and covered with sand and cement (hence the dust shown). A preserved yard of these original bricks form the finish line at Indy today.
Time of Execution: 50 Hours
Technique / Media: Fine Line Graphite Rendering
Size: 11″ x 14″