McGuinness art in aid of Help for Heroes

John McGuiness and artist Peter Foster and his painting of John in action.
John McGuiness and artist Peter Foster and his painting of John in action.

Motorbike hero John McGuinness is helping heroes of a different kind thanks to a budding artist.

Peter Foster painted the TT legend in his pomp and has put 500 limited edition prints on sale to raise money for Help for Heroes.

John himself signed the original print, which will be donated back to him by Morecambe Classic Bike Club.

Peter, a club member, reproduced ‘The Morecambe Missile’ achieving a speed of 170mph during his 18th TT race win on the Isle of Man course earlier this year.

And John, himself a member of the club, is delighted with the results: “I think it’s really, really smart. I know nothing about art but this really jumps out at you.

“A lot of time and detail has clearly gone into it. My dad will have it in his front room!”

Peter, who lives in Wray, was given the idea by fellow club member Nick Baker from Morecambe, an ex-serviceman.

“I’ve been following John’s career since his first TT win in 1999,” said Peter.

“I’ve also done another painting of Marco Simoncelli, who was tragically killed in a Moto GP race in Indonesia, in aid of North West Air Ambulance.”

McGuinness, winner of The Visitor’s Sunshine Sports Award in 2012, is second on the all-time list of TT race winners with 19 victories.

The prints cost £50 plus £5 p&p. For more details, see http://bikersforcharity.webs.com, email sicmcguinness@hotmail.co.uk or call 07521 500827.