The work of Robert Mittenmaier
Robert Mittenmaier is an American artist who paints with acrylic on Masonite. His work includes early American race cars, vintage Ferraris of the Chinetti Motors era and, more recently, street scenes and historic buildings in his hometown of Murphys, California. During his early years as an artist, Mr. Mittenmaier was mentored by the American illustrator Peter Helck.
Main Street Murphys
Murphys (originally Murphys New Diggings then Murphy’s Camp) is an unincorporated village located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains in Calaveras County, California.
Chinetti Motors was one of the earliest Ferrari dealerships in the world. Mittenmaier’s series “The Chinetti Impressions” depicts historically correct Ferraris in original Chinetti garage locations throughout New York City.
Enzo Ferrari was not initially interested in the idea of producing road cars when he formed Scuderia Ferrari in 1929, with headquarters in Modena, Italy.
Early American Race Cars
The first American automobile race is generally held to be the Thanksgiving Day Chicago Times-Herald race of November 28, 1895. Press coverage of the event first aroused significant American interest in the automobile.