The galactic Space Olympics are held in the Solaris X system once in every 10 Years. This cosmic sports competition is a great spectacle, with hundreds of different races competing in over 500 different events.
The events are extremely varied: from hyperspace cross-surfing to traditional track & field, from classic motor sports to intellectual puzzle-battles, huge amount of things happens during this cosmic circus, which takes approximately 3 months to finish, sometimes longer.
"Turbo Racing" is one of the traditional land based racing events of the Space Olympics. It's classic racing at it's best; the competitors use super fast hovercrafts that they're free to customize within certain limits. This free customization rule puts both the pilots racing and engineering abilities to test, and also it results in each craft being different. And this combined with high speeds and realtime AI-generated random racetracks has made Turbo Racing extremely popular amongst many species.
The races are broadcasted around the galaxy, with automatic camera drones recording the races from optimal angles, sometimes hovering just a few metres away from the racing crafts in order to get a better view inside the cockpit. :)
With this picture my goal was produce an "amiga style" image, so that the end result would resemble a classic Amiga game "loading screen" : Bright colors and exciting imagery that shows to the player a "scene of action" while the actual game is still being loaded.
This picutre is 320*256 pixels (Standard Amiga resolution) and 22 colors. It took me 5 days to make, and I'm quite happy with the end result. :)
Didn't use any direct references, just drew some mental inspiration from the general imagery and color themes of old Amiga games such as "STUN Runner", "Powerdrome", "Team Suzuki" (the pixel crowd) , "Vindicators" (a good example of a classic colorful loading screen), Purple Saturn Day (the classic space olympics game, every human should play this game at least once in their lives :D ), and also F-Zero GX in the Gamecube offered some inspiration. :)