Design Star Frank Stephenson Is Auctioning Sketches From His YouTube Show for a Great Cause

McLaren P1, Maserati MC12 and Ferrari F430 drawings among those helping to find a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

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Frank Stephenson on YouTube

Having penned cars like the first BMW X5, the equally trendsetting BMW-era Mini Cooper, Fiat's popular 500, the Ferrari F430, Maserati's MC12, McLaren's debut hybrid P1, and even the stillborn triple-stacked wing on the Ford Escort RS Cosworth, Frank Stephenson has had the kind of career any designer would dream of. No wonder his YouTube series, "How I Designed...", has been such a hit. There, he dives deep into his portfolio and explains the background and thought process leading up to all these successful production vehicles. As you'd expect from a designer, while talking to the camera, Stephenson is also making sketches to illustrate his takes.

Three months and already 33,000 subscribers into this venture, Stephenson decided to auction all his sketches from the series in aid of Harrison’s Fund, a non-profit chasing the cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Stephenson, who will hold a live Q&A on his channel about the auction tomorrow, July 29, had this to say about his surprising late-career turn as a YouTube star:

"I’m delighted with how well the videos have been received," he said. "It’s been great to share the stories behind some of the viewers' favorite cars and, hopefully, bring a bit of happiness to them in what has been a challenging lockdown period. All I would say is keep your eyes peeled on the channel for our next set of videos!"

While the next video will be a "season finale" on the McLaren P1, the following sketches from all seven videos will be auctioned for charity from Aug. 1 through Aug. 14, with all proceedings going towards finding the cure for this rare, fatal degenerative genetic muscle disease.

Pick your favorite Frank Stephenson original, and let the bidding commence this Saturday. It's for a great cause, and wouldn't you love to have one of these hanging in your home? 

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