Ian Cook, founder of Popbang Colour motoring art, designed the Chevrolet SpART last year, after creating images of the Chevrolet Spark and other projects with Chevrolet. The car was used as a moving gallery to showcase Ian' work.
Unfortunately, the Chevrolet SpART almost fell victim to a break-in, with thieves damaging the car's door frame and side panels. Whilst the damage was only cosmetic, it did mean some of SpART's livery have to be removed in the body shop.
"I was gutted," said Ian, who lives in Solihull, West Midlands. "They clearly wanted to steal the car as they'd also had a go at the ignition barrel, but most of the damage was to the driver's side door, meaning the whole livery had to come off. My SpART looked very silly indeed with two plain blue doors, so there really was only one thing I could do - strip the whole thing off and start again!
Currently, Ian is driving the car with the words "Blank Canvas" on the sides and bonnet, while he invites fans to submit new ideas for the SpART's new look.
"I've a few ideas with varying degrees of wackiness to them," said Ian. "But I'm also open to suggestions from those who follow my work. Anything goes, quite literally, so no matter how bizarre your idea might be, I want to hear about it. The best ideas may well see themselves applied to the car in one way or another - but they have to be a bit wacky, and support the youth appeal and funkiness of the Spark as well as represent both what Popbang and Chevrolet stand for.
"Either that, or I might just throw a bucket of paint over it!"Published 5 April 2011