Captain ‘Doc’ Serrato, flying with VAW-77, named his much-loved C1A Trader ‘Mudflap Girl’, with the subtitle ‘Haulin the Fleet’s Freight’, in recognition of their missions to fly cargo, medical supplies, medical personnel, and other critical loads to Navy sites, both on and offshore. The artwork, a young lady, seated in sailor’s garb, is a nod to those other long-suffering haulers, semi-truck drivers, with their saucy seated figure found the mud flaps of thousands of delivery trucks around the United States. ’Mudflap Girl’ shows up on a brief news clip for the Stuart Airshow, in Florida -see YouTube clip http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKMnygLb-MM
“At the Reno Air Races, we’re meeting up with old friends and meeting new ones. John Brand, attending the races from Ogden, Utah, brought us his AVG jacket, painted by Victory Girl a few years ago. John’s design features the P-40s of the WWII American Volunteer Group ‘Flying Tigers’ and AVG pilot Dick Rossi, whom John was friends with. Lonnie Ortega, an aviation artist did the initial artwork of Dick Rossi, which we re- created here on John’s jacket. John tells us that it is difficult to get his jacket away from his granddaughter, who likes his jacket as much as he does! Thanks, John, for letting us display your lovely artwork.”
The pinups we meet are usually in paint and paper, beauties forever frozen in a pretty pose. This weekend though, we got the chance to work with a living, breathing pinup in the form of Gina Elise, the principal force behind Pinups for Vets. Her non-profit organization creates a yearly calendar of her pinup poses, in locations as varied as post offices, donut shops, car hops, tea gardens and jungles. Gina and her team came to Victory Girl to utilize our hangar and vintage aircraft, as well as a few painted leather flight jackets. Gina, in vintage jewelry, stiletto heels and 50s outfits, got some great shots with a Victory Girl ‘Billie Louise’ hand painted flight jacket. Pebbles, our Shi’tzu wandered into the photo shoot looking for treats, and got a flash bulb instead! Both were really good sports though, and let the photographer Tim position them into some adorable poses. You can order Gina’s 2014 Pinups for Vets at her website at www.pinupsforvets.com.
Dr. Brett Robinson arrived at the Victory Girl studio comfortably astride a swept back, lowered, polished 2013 Victory Cross Country Touring bike that he’s recently purchased and is in the process of making improvements to (this is possible? He’s done it!). We’ve installed a high performance, die cut vinyl ‘Victory Girl’ pinup (‘natch), that looks like it was made for his gas tank. In addition, he’s had the bike lowered from its factory stance, making it more comfortable for him to maneuver the 1500 pounds of streamlined metal and leather (which weighs more than our Porterfield airplane!). This bike has more than double the horsepower of our Porterfield as well, at 135hp. He’s got USB ports everywhere, killer stereo system, and modified the rear foot pegs to better support the passenger’s foot positions.
Now we’re noodling on some fitting markings for his front and rear fenders. Hmmm, blue flames?
Christopher Wilkinson with his Mosquito crew door panel (and foam padding for shipping!)
A rare DeHavilland Mosquito crew door, owned by Christopher Wilkinson of Santa Monica is now on its way to The Military Aircraft Museum in Virginia Beach, Virginia, following a long labor of love by Christopher, which included Victory Girl nose art.
Chris found the panel on Ebay, and then began finding American pilots who flew this British designed two engined bomber during WWII. Chris found several still living, and, at his own expense (he’s an architect in his spare time!) he traveled around the country getting signatures of these unsung heros. WWII Pilots Dick Hoover and Rolland Bushner, along with First Officer Robert Kirkpatrick, Navigator William Silva and Armorer Jack Sheer have all signed the panel. Chris then asked us to handpaint the original squadron insignia for these men’s groups, prior to the display of the panel at the Military Aircraft Museum. The panel will be displayed alongside a restored DeHavilland Mosquito, being delivered to the Museum by owner Jerry Yagen.
Christopher had a special ironclad case built for the crew door’s travels around the country, and no wonder, this is a one-of-a-kind keepsake of some valiant warriors of WWII.
closeup of the DeHavilland Mosquito door art
May 4th and 5th found Victory Girl and company at the Chino Air Show “Planes of Fame” It was such a rush to see five P-38 Lightning’s flying in formation – considering there are only 7 left flying in the world.
The new vintage flying billboard at Cable!
Mrs Cleaver, on a billboard, wants to fly to Vegas? Ok, you young pups might not get the reference, but we were tickled to create this vintage billboard artwork for the Foothill Flying Club (www.foothillflyingclub.com) centered around a earnest, 1950s couple peering eagerly at a flight manual, while a sleek Mirage zooms out of the front. The billboard is parked at the entrance to the Cable Airport, just in front of the ground school building.
The Triumph Ferrari Barchetta Porsche Woodie Mustang have four wheels in common, for sure, but what else?
Eclectic automobiles whose practicality is surpassed by a statement about the individual owners, and about our society for sure. They are all icons, recognizable from a distance, as are they valuable in today’s world of restorations.
That is not what we are discussing here. Take a look at the Victory Girl artwork by Jerri Bergen of Upland, CA who understands how to paint the gorgeous machines onto leather jackets.
This Triumph Automobile Sunset was painted onto this leather jacket with a special process that adheres the mural to the leather for a lifetime.
This painted 212 Barchetta is handcrafted onto this leather jacket with the same special painting process as the Triumph, but tells a different story.
Victory Girl does not just do single automobiles. With deep roots in aviation it is no wonder that fancy cars and aviators go hand in hand. This company sponsored jacket of Bare Bones Garage was sketched by the customer and created by Victory Girl who painted it onto this beautiful leather jacket.
To go even further into the world of tributes, we would like to make special mention of NeverForgottenInc.com and the car of Max Loffgren that is dedicated to US POW/MIAs. This tribute is painted onto this leather jackets and bordered by a barbed wire fence with a UH-1 in the background and The Wall in the wall disappearing off into the distance.
It is these special murals that provide a unique sense of private reflection and acknowledgement. Victory Girl is proud to be a part of the individual stories that we receive daily.
Michael and 100 other Teardrop trailer enthusiasts took over Lake Perris State Campground this last weekend, showing off all sorts of Teardrop trailer configurations, amazing outdoor kitchens, custom teardrop interiors, dutch oven cooking gear and matching vehicle paint schemes. Michael chose to customize his trailer with a Victory Girl custom-painted aviation nose art vinyl (34″ tall) ‘Ready For Duty’ – a design we created based on a WWII pinup by A. Varga. See more of these tiny teardrop campers at www.teardro