FRANCE - 1895: The accident of the station Montparnasse. Paris, October 22, 1895. ND-2896A Paris. (Photo by ND/Roger Viollet/Getty Images)

On The Cover: Saboteur by David Uhl

CA_COVERUhl Studios recently announced the worldwide release of David Uhl’s third Steampunk piece, titled “Saboteur”. Followers of David’s Fine Art program and QT Magazine (Feb. 2014 and 2015) have enjoyed the beauty and success of the first two in this series, “Steampunk Seduction” and “The Huntress”.

In David’s words, “I wanted to note that this is the most complex piece of work I have ever done. As you know the Steampunk series is edgy and pushes the limits of what motorcycle art is all about. This wild piece interested me because of the heated rivalry between the French and English during the Victorian era, which is what Steampunk is all about. Our lady rides the pinnacle of British engineering, the early Brough Superior, and is poised to assess the damage to the marvelous Montparnasse Train Station in Paris. I shall let the viewer’s imagination put together the rest of the drama.”

A video link of the actual crash in 1903 provides more insight, and can be seen at and (see below).

© 2008 John Hanson

© 2008 John Hanson

Accomplished motorcycle racer, Melissa Paris served as David’s model for this masterpiece. Melissa began riding motorcycles at age 20, much later than most of the people she races against. About a year later she began racing. In 2008 she won her first national championship in the Lightweight GP class aboard a 250 gran prix machine. In 2009 Melissa competed in her very first pro race in the famous Daytona 200. That same year she became the first woman to qualify for a World Supersport event. Since then she has gone on to race in the AMA in Supersport and others. More information about Melissa:

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