Hall of Fame
Back in 2015, I was approached by a couple of long-time PTG team members about collaborating with them on some painting projects and spending some time in their PTG community. After spending a bit of time there, I could instantly tell that PTG was a team full of great people … as well as some seriously talented people when it comes to Forza games. I was offered a spot on the team before long and jumped at the opportunity.
That ended up being a great decision as I have been a dedicated team member ever since. The PTG team is really a unique one in the Forza world if you ask me. It’s a low-pressure atmosphere where you are free to do what you want and enjoy the games in your own way. There is always plenty of activity with projects, events, and race series regularly going on at PTG. I have made some great friends at PTG who I consider to be my brothers and our relationships extend beyond just sharing a game together.
In terms of being a part of a supportive and fun group that has helped me improve my skills and enjoy the Forza world more than I could on my own, being invited in to the PTG team has been the most significant thing to happen to me since entering the world of Forza.
Undoubtedly the most high-profile event in my Forza painting career was winning the Barwell Motorsport livery contest. In 2018, Barwell held a worldwide livery contest to design the livery for their 2018 24 Hours of Spa Blancpain car. And my entry was fortunate enough to be chosen the winner from over 50 entrants by Barwell.
After winning the contest and working with Barwell for a few weeks to make some final edits and get them my design, the livery was ready. Complete with my Wildcat Designs logo and the PTG logo on the side. And to add to the experience, the car actually won its class for the race.
Part of the contest win was supposed to have been a trip to Spa to attend the race. Unfortunately because of scheduling conflicts, I could not attend that race. But I did get to attend the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech Road America race as a VIP guest of Lamborghini North America. That trip included a hot lap around Road America in a Lamborghini Huracan.
One of my proudest moments in Forza was my involvement in the Team Akane project. Akane Beardow, daughter of fifteen52 Wheels founder Brad Beardow, was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2018. Akane is a huge Forza fan and through connections between her father and official Forza streamer Verena Mei, a project was organized to help support and encourage Akane in her fight against Leukemia.
I was asked to help organize the project which included the creation of special ‘Team Akane’ tribute liveries from some of the community’s most prominent painters and a fantastic video showcasing the cars in a Ken Block style ‘Akanekhana’ hoon run. The video was streamed live on the official Forza channels with Akane and her family watching and the cars and video were also featured on the Forza website and covered by other gaming media outlets.
The project was extremely well-received by Akane and her family and I sincerely hope that we were able to provide her with just a bit of encouragement during her fight. The link to the right will take you to an article covering the project in more depth including a link to the tribute video.
In 2019 a few days before the 24 Hours of Le Mans, I decided to paint replicas of the Pro class GT cars that would be racing. I am a huge Porsche fan and Porsche had just revealed 4 special liveries just for that race and those liveries were what kick-started the idea.
This project wasn’t really anything significant for the Forza community, but it was a point of personal pride for me. Simply because of what I was able to accomplish. All in all, I completed 14 very accurate replica paints over a period of 10 days.
In 2020, PTG held a livery contest for the community with music as the theme. I took the opportunity to paint a series of cars featuring the band Tool. My favorite band. My vision was to create a separate paint on a different car for each of the albums released by Tool. I did not win the contest, but was proud to learn that 3 of my Tool paints placed in the top 7.