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