Anatomy of a Car Crash print

Allan McNish's spectacular crash in the first hour of the 79th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2011. 79 signed and numbered prints available.

Spray Paint, 100lb acid free paper 24x19 inches


from an interview on

“Anatomy of a Car Crash” is based on Allan McNish’s crash in the first hour of the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans this summer. First of all, thank goodness Allan was unharmed. We are lucky to live in a time when motorsport safety is taken seriously. I don’t think I could really be a fan of motor racing if people were regularly killed in races. My grandfather on my mother’s side was at the 1955 24 hours of Le Mans and witnessed the worst motor racing accident in history which killed 83 spectators. He never attended a race again.

The 2011 crash was one of the most spectacular incidents ever witnessed at Le Mans or anywhere. It was analyzed in great detail by commentators, fans, and millions who would have otherwise not seen any coverage from the 79th 24 hours of Le Mans. The crash was a result of the increasingly competitive battles between Peugeot and Audi over the past decade. The level of competition has turned Le Mans into a 24 hour sprint, and Allan must have felt the need to go big in the first hour to get an edge. The race, after 24 hours was decided by 13 seconds.

The incident, for me, also highlights the concept of the potential immortality of machines and automobiles. If the car had gone on to win the race, it would have lived in a museum for ‘eternity’, pampered and maintained to perfection. New Parts being crafted when necessary. Automobiles in museums like the Porsche museum in Stuttgart or the cars in Ralph Lauren’s collection are ‘immortal’. Their value guarantees that they will always be maintained and in running order. There is no reason for them to stop existing. In this piece, we see the final moments of the #3 Audi R18, a car that could have existed for ‘eternity’.