Andy Saunders is a renowned "Car Artist" from the United Kingdom. Born and raised in Poole on the South Coast of England, Saunders developed an early passion for car building and customization. His entry into the world of car customization commenced before he even had a British driving license. Over the years, he has meticulously crafted a collection of unique and sometimes controversial vehicles.
Early Life and First Build
From a tender age, Saunders was fascinated by the concept of custom cars. This dream transformed into reality in 1979, at 15, when he received his first car from his father. Under the guidance of his father and Bird Puller, Saunders gave birth to his first creation. Nearly four decades later, he has cemented his reputation as a global leader in the custom vehicle design and manufacturing sector.
Achievements and Recognitions
Saunders' distinctive approach to car artistry has garnered him widespread acclaim. He has executed commissions for various clients, ranging from the film industry and private collectors to leading vehicle manufacturers. His creations are distinct, with notable works including a car standing at just 21 inches tall, a two-seater Mini, and a Citroen 2CV influenced by Picasso.
Andy has also made significant contributions to the abstract art domain. In 2001, he entered the Turner Prize category, unveiling his works at the C-AR-T EXHIBITION in his hometown of Poole. The exhibition was a roaring success, drawing in over 4000 visitors and securing 76 nominations.
Saunders' pioneering spirit and unmatched skill have earned him a spot in the Guinness Book of Records on three occasions:
- 1987: Crafted the lowest car globally, measuring 34 1/2 inches tall.
- 2006: Broke his previous record by producing a car that stood at 21 1/4 inches tall.
- 2008: Created a new category by building the world's lowest van with a height of 3 feet. This record remains unbeaten.
Exhibitions and Events
The universal appeal of Andy Saunders' work is evident in the array of platforms where he's showcased. He has been a recurrent feature at prestigious events such as the Louis Vuitton Concours d'Elegance at The Hurlingham Club in Chelsea, The Goodwood Style et Luxe Concours d'Elegance, The New York Concours d'Elegance in Central Park Manhattan, and the Schwetzingen European Concours d'Elegance. His prominence in the automobile world led him to headline major motor shows across Europe, Korea, and Australia. Additionally, he holds the unique distinction of having one of only ten cars displayed at the colossal Hells Angels 'Bulldog Bash' motorcycle event.
In November of 2022, a book titled "The Automotive Alchemist" was published, delving into the life and work of Andy Saunders. The book, spanning 464 pages with 1,055 photographs, is not just about custom cars but serves as a scrapbook of Andy's life, highlighting his journey, talent, and spirit.
Cars Built by Andy Saunders
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