Paul Arzens, who was an important industrial designer and a true ground breaker in that field. Apparently the idea for this paint scheme is to incorporate the idea of a sprinter at their running blocks before they start their run. Somehow it really works for me!
These models from Minitrix are still easily available and are a great value. You can often find them for around $100 USD and feature terrific operation, great detail, and easy conversion to DCC through the NEM 651 interface.