Power Star began life as a mild-mannered Road Star—until it was shipped off to boot camp at Baron’s Custom Accessories. The owners of said Star, being ardent auto racing fans, asked Baron to build them a bike that would look at home in the paddock of any NASCAR or Indy car event. Not surprisingly, a racing theme was decided upon right away. Baron turned, once again, to the talented hands of Dan Hatch for Power Star’s custom paint and graphics. Although Yamaha racing blue was initially chosen, it wasn’t quite up to snuff. Hatch worked his magic with the amount of pearl in the blue base coat until it met Baron’s approval. Checkered flags, being an integral part of racing, had to be included in the design. They decided on a torn checkered graphic that would appear on various parts of the bike—as though the bike had just ripped through the checkered flag at a finish line. (One has to wonder what happened to the poor flag man.) Look closely, and you’ll see that a bit of the flag graces every piece of Power Star’s bodywork. The checkered design itself was possibly the most challenging part of the project. Every square had to be taped off at some point in the painting. Add in the torn edges on curves of the waving flag—not to mention the shading—and you’ve got a real challenge for a painter.