AndySaundersCustoms.co.uk) World renowned car designer,
Andy Saunders has chopped his way back into the record books with
his latest crazy creation, Flat Out. A radical sports car standing
just under 22 inches tall .. and built by Saunders and his two man
team in just THREE days!
Saunders, the Turner Prize nominated artist (Car-tist?) from Poole
built the car as part of this weeks celebrations for the 40 th
Annual Autojumble at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu,
With his long suffering sidekicks and fellow hot-rodders, Jim
Chalmers and Doug Brown, Saunders worked tirelessly through 18-hour
days to create the record breaker. Even finding time to create a
superb hand stitched leather interior paying homage to classic
Italian supercars of the 70s. With Doug being part of Aston
Martins interior design team, this part of the project proved
The Worlds Lowest Car genre was actually started by Saunders with
the creation of his super-low Mini, Claustrophobia back in 1985.
Since then the record has passed to the squashed Hillman Imp
Impressed of Danny Curtis and then the vertically challenged
Lowlife built by Perry Watkins. The outgoing record holder stood
at a mere 23.6 inches tall but took rather longer to build, at some
So why did he do it? Andy himself picks up the tale. Well, I hadnt
had the record for a while and thought it would be fun to get it
back. Turning the whole build into a bit of automotive theatre
seemed like a great idea. With everybody loving the raft of
auto-makeover shows like Pimp My Ride and American Chopper we
felt that the team should do it live to an audience over a weekend.
With some 33,000-odd people coming to have a look at the build.. I
guess that was the right decision!
Ever modest throughout, and with great acclaim for his fellow
spanner-wielding superstars, whats next for Saunders and his team?
Who knows?! he asks I wake up every morning with a new idea for a
car and some of them just prove too exciting to ignore.
With a back catalogue that includes a road-legal speedboat (yes, you
did read that right!) and several stunning prototype cars, whichever
dream Saunders chooses to turn into road-taxed reality, it will
doubtless be a show stopper.
(from RM Auctions
Press Release) RM Auctions, in association with Sothebys,
will shine a spotlight on a host of creative custom cars by leading
UK designer, Andy Saunders when the curtain rises on their second
annual Automobiles of London event at Battersea Park, London UK on
October 29th, 2008.
Regarded as the UKs top custom car builder, Saunders has been at
the forefront of wild car creations for almost 30 years, having
built over 40 individual customs and restored a number of classics.
It is, however, his unique, off the wall designs and drivable car
sculptures that have earned him the most critical acclaim and
attracted global media attention. One journalist described Saunders
as an automotive alchemist for he turned base cars into gold. In
addition to participation in various European Concours dElegance
events and recently completing a pair of special commissions for
Hyundai, most recently, Saunders claimed his third Guinness Book of
World Records title, this time for the worlds lowest camper van.
Created onstage in just three days and before an audience of over
34,000 car enthusiasts, the diminutive 1980 VW Camper stands at just
3.3 feet tall.
This October as Saunders looks to share his designs with other
automotive enthusiasts and make room in his garages for new
creations, eleven of his cars will cross the block as part of RM
Auctions Automobiles of London event.
The Andy Saunders Collection is best described as rolling works of
modern art, says Max Girardo, Managing Director of RM Auctions
Each piece effortlessly melds Saunders remarkable passion for cars
with his artistic talents, wild imagination and creative vision. It
is drivable art in the truest sense, he added.
The Andy Saunders Collection will join a host of luxury classic,
sports and racing cars at RMs London event.
Each car is certainly a one-of-a-kind collectors piece, says
Girardo. Unique and fun, they are certain to capture the attention
of both automotive and art enthusiasts and will add another element
of fun to the event, he adds.
RM Auctions, in association with Sothebys, will present their
Automobiles of London event at Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park,
London UK on October 29th, 2008. A full day preview will be held on
October 28th from 11:00am to 5:30pm. Doors open on October 29th at
10:00am, with all the auction action getting underway from 4:00pm.
Admission to the event is by catalogue only, which is available for
50 and admits two.
Further information for
this auction is available