Speed Freaks Barracuda
This collectible novelty item is a hand-painted resin sculpture of a cartoon style Plymouth Barracuda called the “Killer Cuda” (model ENE-CA05113). It’s black with wide tires, two large exhaust pipes.
In addition, it comes with a skidpad. The Speed Freaks Barracuda is in near-mint condition. It is the perfect gift for collectors, muscle car enthusiasts, and drag racing fans.
The artist, Terry Ross, intentionally distorted the Speed Freaks Barracuda so that it looks like it’s moving fast at full throttle yet frozen in time. Here’s what the artist has to say about his sculptures:
“When sculpting the originals I use an American product called Sculpey. Creating cartoon style cars means the rulebook goes out the window! Once I’m happy with the shape and movement I’ve added, the car gets heated in an over, which hardens the compound.
I then spray the car in white primer and start sanding. Once everything is smoothed out I add the details, this is normally a mix of brass or plastic sheet and more Sculpey. So that’s roughly a month gone!
The car then gets cast in a marble resin and I get to start the painting. With most cars, I use genuine car colors. A mix of aerosols, acrylics, and graphic pens completes the details.
Normally two masters are created. One stays here, the other goes off to the factory, where the cloning takes place. In all, about six weeks of work goes into each car.”
In 2004, Terry’s cars received the Gift of the Year award from the Giftware Association and the Best Men’s Gift by the Guild of Giftware Retailers at the National Exhibition Center Spring Fair.
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