Ben Van Antwerp Mazda Miata in Europe

Ben Van Antwerp is a graphic designer and traveling wine-maker, with a love of great roads and fun cars. Ben can appreciate the finer things in life, like French wine, fine cheese, and motorcycles. His designs include "Save the Whales", "Enzo Who?", and the recent "Deuces".

Ben took some time out to answer a few questions of ours:

How did your interest in cars start?

Probably Legos or more to the heart of the question a primitive love for moving quickly. At seven I was certain my future self would own a SR-71 Blackbird.

How does your interest manifest itself?

Top Gear of course, I suppose I tend to live in places with really excellent driving roads. I wish I had more time for proper track days.

Describe your vehicles, and what makes them special:

A Triumph Street Triple, and a first generation Mazda Miata with 220k miles. The Miata is stock aside from sticky Bridgestone tires.

Ben Van Antwerp Motorcycle Triumph Street Triple

What was your first car? Do you have any sort of brand loyalty?

My first car was a red Porsche 944. It was a horrible choice for a first car, but heaps of fun while it lasted. I suppose I'm a Porsche man at heart, but sadly, like most people I haven't the wallet to back it up. I have a soft spot for any machine with heart and soul.

What did the funds from blipshift help you accomplish?

I travel a bit for work and the funds have helped me own three different Miatas, literally on opposite ends of the Earth. I have also got the chance to do some some excellent road trips.

Ben Van Antwerp Miata Red Ben Van Antwerp Miata Black Europe

What is your current occupation?

Not quite sure what my exact title is? For the past four years I've been traveling working in the cellars and vineyards of high-quality wineries, Santa Barbara, Sonoma, central France, southern New Zealand, and south eastern Australia.

What is your dream car?

A white Porsche 993 GT2, the last of the air-cooled monsters. It sounds dirty.

What are some of your hobbies, not relating to cars?

I quite enjoy my motorcycle as well. Sailing when I can trade beer for a seat pulling sheets. Of course wine. Can French cheese be a hobby?

Any advice for fellow artists? How did you find the process overall?

I studied design until I realized I wasn't cut out for working 50 hours a week in front of a computer screen for only ten days of vacation. Luckily Blipshift is too easy to work with, and it's nice to work with passionate people who genuinely care about the end product.

Thanks for your time Ben! You can follow his instagram to see the latest awesome art. Apex Everything!