JFN Studios

Specializing in automotive & race car art, Joel F. Naprstek provides freelance illustration, commissioned paintings, T-shirt & poster art in a bold, colorful style, covering a wide range of subject matter and genres. Joel has been a freelance illustrator for...

When the Car Kid Grows Up

It happened. I was going about, living my life, minding my own business, when – completely out of the blue – I wanted a Porsche. Me? A Porsche. The skies are falling. But, you say, Porsches are amazing. Their have a long and remarkable history of performance, design...

Stevi Cedarstrom and Women in Racing

As noted in my colleague Ruby’s recent story about Janet Guthrie, Guthrie herself acknowledges that women have a long and significant history in auto racing, dating back well over 100 years.  Yet racing was, and to a great extent remains, a man’s world.  It was only...

At Daytona, 60 + 60 + 80 equals 500

The 59th running of the Daytona 500 gets the green flag this Sunday, but it will be nothing like the 58 races that preceded it. Each of those 58 races was a 500-mile high-speed endurance contest.  Green flag, 500 miles, checkered flag.  Not so this year.  This year,...

The Indianapolis Not-Quite-Nine

When the checkered flag waves over the winner of the 100th Indianapolis 500 this Sunday, it will, as is customary, signify the end of the race.  But it was not always so. In the early years of the 500, when the winner crossed the finish line, the race would continue...

An Ode to Harley Earl and the Concept Car

For more than a few generations of car enthusiasts, it has gone without saying that the new year will bring about beauties and beasts from all corners of the car industry. When the season for international auto shows begins, we are inundated with all makes and models,...
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