has been been selected at the featured artist to create the Cortile della Corsa poster for the 2019 Alfa Romeo Owner’s Club Convention and the Spotlight Car for the 2019 Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix.
Kelly attended his first car race at age four. His parents took his brother, sister and him to Laguna Seca Raceway in 1959 in their 1952 MGTD. Kelly still has the poster, that’s when he got the bug.
Kelly and his brother started racing VW’s at Fremont Raceway when he was 15 years old, then later Super Modifieds at San Jose Fairgrounds Speedway. Kelly designed and printed their race team shirts and soon, everybody else wanted him to design their shirts! He started a T-shirt company, O.Tee Shirts, when he was 20 years old, based on his original art and new-found race contacts. It turned into one of the largest T-shirt companies specializing in motorsports in the country. Over the next few decades, Kelly created art and apparel for many top racers, tracks, and manufacturers; including Rick Mears, Mario Andretti, Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, Ayrton Senna, Nigel Mansell, the Daytona 500, Laguna Seca Raceway, Monterey Historics, Long Beach Grand Prix, Indy 500, Monaco F1, as well as Chevrolet, Ford, Dodge, NASCAR, Indy Car and F1, and now..the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix!
Dan DelBianco, Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, poster artist Kelly Telfer, and Bernard Martin, Managing Director of the Cortile and Convention Director for the Alfa Romeo Owners Club 2019 Convention, the “Cortile della Corsa” at the recent Performance Racing Show.