Sketchy char­ac­ter

Australian Muscle Car - - Muscle Man -

JACar­toon­ist John Stone­ham is an

Aus­tralian motoring in­sti­tu­tion. Al­low AMC to paint the pic­ture of his near 50-year pub­lish­ing ca­reer.

ohn ‘Stonie’ Stone­ham is fast clos­ing on 50 years of spic­ing the na­tion’s car mag­a­zines with his quirky and ir­rev­er­ent take on motoring and mo­tor rac­ing.

The pro­lific mo­tor­sport car­toon­ist’s sig­na­ture – and his dis­tinc­tive draw­ing style and hu­mour – is as iden­ti­fi­able to long-time fans as the fa­mous char­ac­ters he por­trays.

Stonie is quite sim­ply one of lo­cal rac­ing’s liv­ing trea­sures and part of the sport’s fab­ric.

It all started way back in mid-1968 when the tit­il­lat­ing Pix mag­a­zine pub­lished a one-off draw­ing (be­low) of a club scene.

Later that year came his first con­tri­bu­tion to a rac­ing mag­a­zine, the Septem­ber 1968 is­sue of SA Mo­tor Sport.Sport The ac­com­pa­ny­ing cap­tion read: “The car­toon is the first in a se­ries be­ing sketched by 21-year-old Ade­laide man, John Stone­ham, sec­re­tary of the Mor­ris 850 Car Club of SA. John, of Bal­later Av­enue, Camp­bell­town, has been do­ing car­toons since he was 11, start­ing out as car­toon­ist for his lo­cal scout group and at school. We hope you like his work.” Like his work?! It’s fair to say read­ers – but not al­ways driv­ers, team bosses or of­fi­cials – have gob­bled up Stonie’s

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