WHAT YOU GET!
We here at The Horton Collection have made special arrangements to meet with Roger De Valeminck, aka Mr. Paris-Roubaix, at his home in Belgium where he will be signing our limited edition lithographs.
This is without question the highest quality print series we have ever done. We have always tried our best to outdo the quality of our last project, and this go-round has us wondering how we will ever top the quality of this year’s prints.
Roger De Vlaeminck, Signed Limited Edition of 500
Also personally signed at lower right by photographer Tonny Strouken
Each print will be individually signed by Roger De Vlaeminck and Tonny Strouken and comes with a formal Certificate of Authenticity that forever guarantees the provenance of the signatures. Brett Horton will personally observe the signing of each and every lithograph.
Lithograph Size: 20×24 inches.
The Image: Roger De Vlaeminck, 1976 Milan-San Remo
Roger De Vlaeminck. Spring Classic. Brooklyn Team Jersey. Perfection.
From the onset, the 1976 edition of Milan-San Remo looks to be a battle for the ages with a peloton stuffed full of sprinters. This shot of De Vlaeminick is of him on the Capo Berta. Resplendent in his legendary Brooklyn jersey, this fantastic photograph perfectly captures the icon that is Roger De Vlaeminck in full flight.
De Vlaeminck is a four-time winner of Paris-Roubaix and one of only three riders to win all five “Monuments of Cycling” (i.e., Milan-San Remo, Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix, Liege-Bastogne-Liege, and the Giro di Lombardia)
This was taken by famed Dutch photographer Tonny Strouken. For 30+ years, Tonny was one of the best cycling photographers in the business. His photos have been seen in magazines, books, and newspapers around the world. We are taking it as our mission to make sure cycling fans outside of Europe learn more about Tonny. Tonny’s style harkens back to the 1920s and is updated to reflect the shooting capabilities of contemporary cameras. He was a master at capturing crucial moments in race history. More important, he was one of very few cycling photographers who captured the soul of the rider. We have seen a fair amount of Tonny’s work, and it is breathtaking.
Quality: It’s all about the Press, Paper, and Deboss/Emboss
This year we were able to talk the print masters at AMP in Dublin California to print this otherwise micro-run on their $4,500,000 Heidelberg Speedmaster press. This is an end of the rainbow press and really expensive to operate. The press itself is about 100 feet in length from where the blank paper enters to where it comes out in all its radiant printed glory.
We used 140-pound Mohawk brand paper. This awesome stock has a wonderful toothy feel that reeks of luxury. If the paper were any thicker, we would have to ship the prints flat.
We had excellent paper, stunning images, and a phenomenal press. We wanted more. We felt we were right at the precipice of perfection but needed to go a little further. At this point, we can’t recall exactly whose idea it was, but when the deboss/emboss idea emerged, we knew that was our missing link. An exorbitantly expensive process that includes multi-stage custom handmade dies, hyper-specialized machinery, and an ocean of patience to execute correctly, this alone is the pièce de résistance that elevated this endeavor to art. Take a look at the additional photos on this page. Essentially, the deboss is a large die that slams the paper precisely on the image line and leaves behind a striking beveled edge.
Embossing is the opposite of debossing. The emboss has the die coming from the bottom and pushes the paper up. We created a unique logo design special for our prints.
The debossed and embossed print has a beautiful finished look, it is ready to go straight into a frame. No mats needed.
Another benefit of this process is the ease of knowing the real product from a fake. Between the paper, the press, and especially the deboss/emboss process, the counterfeiters are going to move on to easier marks. What you will own is something that lies somewhere between extremely unique to absolutely never before seen quality in the cycling world. Can you tell we are proud of these?