Famous red and white Gee Bee R-2 Racer rests in front of a Bendix pylon at an air race.
The legendary R-1 and R-2 Super Sportster racers are a part of history! They were designed and built by Zantford “Granny” Granville and Howell “Pete” Miller for the 1932 race season, during the Great Depression. Oil companies and aircraft suppliers offered rich cash prizes at air races across the nation during this period, spurring innovation. The Gee Bee Model R airplanes were built for just one purpose: to go fast. Well engineered, the racers were designed with the smallest frame possible, to minimize aerodynamic drag. The Gee Bee Model R Racer also included the most powerful engine then available.
This colorful piece by Sam Lyons perfectly captures the unique and stubby appearance of the Gee Bee R-2.
The 17″ x 22.5″ prints are available in Limited Edition sizes of 500 Signed & Numbered and 50 Artist Proofs.