Iconic bovine returns
Sonoma Raceway’s “Burnin’ Bovine” returned to its place atop the raceway’s marquee sign on Highway 37 on Monday. The five-foot tall, 300-pound racing-themed cow statue, complete with race-car exhaust headers, a helmet and goggles, has graced the raceway’s sign since 2004. The cow was taken down last fall for a facelift and some fresh paint. The cow was originally created by local artist Eric Reyes for the COWS! in Sonoma fundraiser, for which Sonoma Valley businesses decorated white fiberglass cows to represent their business and displayed them for a year. Reyes, a talented graphic designer and custom painter whose business is based in the raceway’s Motorsports Industrial Park, spent more than 50 hours refreshing the cow. The project included a warm ivory base coat and bright flames fading from yellow to tangelo pearl, as well as a custom-painted face.