Unique Carved Ruby and Obsidian Dragster--The Greer Black Dragster"
By Luis Alberto Quispe Aparicio
This unique vehicle is modeled after the famed Greer-Black-Prudhomme Dragster, which was raced by Don "The Snake" Prudhomme, built by Kent Fuller and tuned by Keith Black. This stunning scale model has been carved out of a Tanzanian ruby and detailed with black obsidian. The windscreen is polished and frosted rock crystal quartz while the movable fittings are composed of 18K gold vermeil.
The full-scale dragster is considered to be one of the most beautiful ever built and it was also one of the most successful. Formerly on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, it was first raced in June 1962 at the Pomona Drag Strip in Southern California. Many credit this vehicle with launching the career of Prudhomme, who is one of the most winning drivers in the history of quarter-mile drag racing. He won more than 90 percent of the races that he entered between 1962 and 1964. According to many, this car played a key role in that success it led drag racing during a time when consistent quarter mile times topped out at less than 8 seconds at more than 190 miles per hour.
The studio of Luis Alberto Quispe Aparicio specializes in carving ruby, a mineral that few artists have managed to successfully work due to its extreme hardness. Its use requires a very advanced technique for both carving and polishing involving two or three times as many tools and time as other carving materials. This model is indeed spectacular for the rich red hues of the ruby which so beautifully evoke the red paint job of the original Greer-Black-Prudhomme dragster. Length approximately 60cm