Graphic concept designed by Leighton Hubbell pays tribute to Magoo’s unprecedented success representing his country in 1982
May 4, 2010 – FULLERTON, CA – After almost a year of fundraising the Danny “Magoo” Chandler Van Fund project now is beginning to look like something courtesy of professional graphic designer Leighton Hubbell. Hubbell put his innovative and talented design skills to good use in coming up with a graphic scheme for the wrap of Magoo’s new special needs Mercedes Sprinter van that has been purchased and is undergoing the special modifications. The van’s silver base is being added to with a pallet of fast, timeless colors based around motocross cartoonist and illustrator Walt Hackensmith’s famous “Magoo” cartoon.
“This van is going to be bitchen,” said Brad Lackey, America’s First Motocross World Champion, and van fund project leader. “It’s obvious the talent Mr. Hubbell has when he put his mind to this task. I know Danny will love it.”
Hubbell used Hackensmith’s cartoon for color inspiration and thought Magoo’s retro #3 from his des Nations victory would be a nice way to transition from the front of the van to the rear. The symbolism of that famous ride in 1982 is also very strong. The graphic wrap is being printed and installed currently on the van by Spin Imaging of Long Beach, CA www.SpinImaging.com.
“I have been a motocross and Magoo fan since I was a kid and to be able to contribute in some way to improving Danny’s way of life is really special,” said Leighton Hubbell of leightonhubbell.com and Hubbell Design Works. “I guess all those years of sketching and cartoons with motocross riders was put to good use this time,” Hubbell added.
The graphic scheme was also designed to allow sponsors to be part of Danny’s program. An on-going program will be set up where companies who want to support and be associated with Magoo’s motorcycle safety clinics can be included as an advertiser.
“Cool! Seeing what this van will look like really makes this seem all the more real,” said Danny “Magoo” Chandler, 1982 Motocross des Nations Champion. “I can’t believe that this is really happening and want to thank everyone who contributed,” Chandler added.
Funds for the “Danny Magoo Chandler Van Fund” were raised over the last 12 months by private and corporate donations totaling over $150,000. The funds are being used to purchase and outfit a special needs van for Magoo so he can more easily go on the road teaching his Danny Magoo Motorcycle Safety Clinics. The van will be completed and presented to Danny early this summer.
For more information contact: Brad & Lori Lackey E-Mail: BradLackey@comcast.net
leightonhubbell.com is an award-winning, boutique graphic design studios located in Southern California. Leighton Hubbell’s work has included projects for the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego, Pivot Cycles, Pizza Hut, WD-40 and Yamaha Music. You can view the website at www.leightonhubbell.com.
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