I first encountered the work of British artist Rod Diggens in the pages–the inside cover, usually–of Thoroughbred and Classic Car magazine in the early 1970s. Recently, when doing research for the three part Bois de Boulogne articles for VeloceToday, I again discovered Diggens, who had just what we needed; a portrait of Jean Pierre Wimille. But that was done in 1976, and it took me aback a bit when I did the math and concluded that it was indeed 39 years ago. Ouch! Would we be able to get in touch with Rod over all those years?
That’s where the original editors of T&CC came in…Jonathan Wood, who just completed a book about the Squire was of some help, and then Michael Bowler came in with a recent email address. To be sure, Rod Diggens is still painting, and appears at shows like Silverstone and Goodwood with his wares. In those days, Diggens was also hired to portray a long series of drivers that would be included in TC&C, Wimille, Farina, and others. We asked Diggens if he has a website.
He wrote, “No, you won’t find a website; I’m painting mostly commissioned work and submissions for the occasional exhibition and, when time allows, what interests me—Grand Prix motor racing and aviation subjects. I’ve attached a couple of images you might like to consider, I doubt you’ll have much interest in Erle and Donald Morley’s Austin Healey 3000 although it is Red!” For more info contact Rod Diggens email@example.com.