In between gauge face commissions, I’ve been working on a new set for myself. Sharka has been wearing his old gauges (called “Revolution”) since around April of last year. I’ve been feeling a little tired of them and craving something a little more vintage looking. Something flashy and yet minimalist. Something that really complemented my KG Works gauge cluster.
To borrow a line from Jeremy Clarkson: And here it is.
This set of gauges is inspired by the beautiful Jaeger gauges worn by the Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa. At least the tach style is inspired by it. I then built the rest of the gauges around that one. And I’m quite pleased with myself.
One nice thing about making gauges commercially is having access to really great tools and materials. These are all plastic, three layers sandwiched together. They’re printed on a silkscreen printer and then perforated on a machine die cutter. I then finish the cutting process by hand with an exacto knife. This is similar to my old gauge face tutorial but with different art on the three layers and different materials of course.
Enough yapping. Time for more pix.
I’ve never seen a set of Miata gauges with the speedo/tach Zeros rotated to this position. There are some flat horizontal sets (zero at 9 o’clock) but none at 10 o’clock. And it feels REALLY strange after living with a 4 o’clock tach for over a year. But I’m quite happy with it.
An interesting thing about the design that I’d not planned on is how minimalist it feels. All of the inner markings on the tach and speedometer just… go away when you’re driving. All you notice are the large numbers for the major scale and the outer ring and very small tick marks for the minor scale. It’s like a very decorative minimalist design. Totally unplanned.
And I should mention that these would be nigh unusable without those small tick marks on the outer tach/speedo rings.
Years ago, I made another gauge set with this pie-style of redline. But back then, I didn’t have the skill to blot out most of the light and turn it into a wedge at night. I just had this hugely bright red area and the numbers struggling to be seen. That was not quite “optimal” to say the least. This version is much better.
Very little of the yellow/red on the front tachometer face is actually visible at night. The camera sensitivity helps bring out that detail.
By the way, the lighting color is a very soothing amber (orange). If it looks red on your monitor, you might consider calibrating it.
So… whut what do you think of this new gauge set? I’m obviously very pleased, but I’m also really curious as to my
five three loyal viewer’s opinions. Leave a comment and let me know? Thanks!