2015 Friends of the Festival print is now available!

The 2015 Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival is celebrating the 75th birthday of the world's original Jeep during the 5th annual event on June 12-14.  To observe this milestone, the 2015 Friends of the Festival print prominently features the Bantam Reconnaissance Car (BRC) that was built by Butler's American Bantam Car Company in 1940.

Artist George Gaadt created the limited edition print by drawing blueprint-style illustrations of the BRC.  The side view depicts a very preliminary sketch of the vehicle while the front view features a more refined drawing. The colorful angled view showcases a detailed illustration of the completed BRC.

The BRC drawings are accompanied by illustrated versions of the American Bantam Car Company's vibrant red logo and a portrait of the company's president, Frank Fenn.  The license plate mounted on the BRC's front bumper is also prominently featured and accompanied by text that explains the content on the plate.  Similar to an authentic blueprint, the print features an information block.

"Since this is the 75th birthday of the BRC and the last print in the Friends of the Festival series, I wanted this piece to do more than feature the BRC.  I wanted it to tell a story," said Gaadt, who also created the 2012 print.

The bottom of the four-color process lithographs includes the words "American Bantam Car Company" along with the Festival's logo which is foil embossed in gold using a high definition brass die.  Only 100 of the 16x20 prints are available. They will be signed and numbered by the artist.  The entire project was coordinated by Terry Hagen of the Associated Artists of Butler County.

Prints cost $100 each (plus $4 shipping and handling) and include a certificate of authenticity.  They can be purchased in the Online Store section of the Festival's website, www.bantamjeepfestival.com.   

The Friends of the Festival series began in 2011, and the 2015 print will be the final piece produced.  Previous prints will also be available in the online store while supplies last.  The complete collection can also be purchased for $425 plus shipping (a discount of $75 to represent the 75th anniversary), while supplies last.

Call the Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau at 724-234-2291 for more information or email info@BantamJeepFestival.com

We also have a few remaining prints from previous years.  If you would like to begin your own collection or start one for a Jeep enthusiast you know, visit our online store to purchase or  contact us for details.