To celebrate today, here is a little American Muscle Car image. Photo nerd info: Holga Plastic camera, shot on Fuji Velvia 120 Film.
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This Ford Shelby Mustang was shot at the 2011 Concours d’ Elegance at Del Mar, California. Great piece of history from my childhood. My dad drove a 1965 Mustang in this color. The color is “Sunlit Gold.” This car at the time the image was captured was owned by Frank Chirat. Photo nerd info: Nikon D7000 with a 20mm Nikon Lens, f6.3 @ 250th, ISO 100, lighting was sunlight with a small pop of the on camera flash, removed in Photoshop the guy standing next to the car with way to much hot rod, racing, car images on his clothes.
I shot this image of Ivan Stewart blasting across the Nevada desert in the early 1980′s at the Mint 400. During that time of my photography career I was shooting racing in the desert of the southwest and Mexico for the magazines. I was also shooting races at the tracks around Southern California. I was in the pits at one of the races and had some of my prints with me. I was photographing some images of Ivan when I decided to do the “Fan” thing and asked him to sign this print. He signed it to me and dated. For those who don’t know Ivan Stewart, he was nick named the Iron Man because he would race the Baja 500 or 1,000 and drive the whole distance. He also won more than his fair share of off-road races. He is one of my heroes in the racing world. This print is hanging in my garage with other auto memorabilia.
Photo nerd info: Original is shot with a Nikon F3 High eye point with a 24 or 28mm Nikon lens, shot on Tri X BW Film, I shot this copy shot of the print with my iPhone and processed. When I shot the original shot I was wearing baggy cargo shorts to carry all of my lenses, probably.
I shot this years ago when working for the VW and Off Road Magazines. This was shot circa 1980 at the Mint 400 Race outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. This is the class that wasn’t the fastest on the course but that beat you to death. Class 11 is pretty much a stock Volkswagen with the only modifications being safety, reinforcement and ground clearance. I remember my friend Loren raced this class and he told stories of pushing the car through silt more than driving it. The Mint 400 was a great race. Four laps of 100 miles each through the desert. Best part was always pushing the cars through tech inspection down Fremont Street in Vegas the day before the race. Always a party! Photo Nerd info: Nikon F3 High eye point camera, probably 50mm lens, Kodak Tri X Film, I was sporting a ridiculously thin mustache.
Photographed at Del Mar Concours D’ Elegance Classic auto show. Not just fossil fuel burners. Hand crafted art. This 1929 Auburn was just one example of the Cars in this invitation only show. Amazing!
This series of shots was taken in chronological order at the 2011 Coronado Speed Festival Vintage Races. As I was shooting I over heard another racer talking to his friend, both had their collars popped up by the way, saying that #15 should just give up and put it on the trailer. Well I guess he proved them wrong. He finished ahead of the racer that made the comment. Love that! This is Vintage Racing.
Here is another shot from the Coronado Vintage Car Races. The driver is listed as Greg Johnson of Irvine, California. Note front rubber not even making contact. Showing off horsepower!
I shot trackside today at the Vintage Car Races on Coronado Island in San Diego. This is a great race at the Naval Air Station. The drivers push these cars as hard as they did back when they were new. This GT 350 Mustang shows the compressed suspension as it comes out of the turn. I love being this close to the action and sound.
I love pretty much everything with wheels. I love this motorcycle! In my town of Encinitas, California, we have a Classic car Cruise Night on one Thursday night a month for the summer months. Everything shows up. Cool Hot Rods, Amazing Muscle Cars, Vintage Porsches, VWs, Woodies, Bikes and all things motorhead. Bands play, restaurants are packed with open air seating. All of this on Historic Hwy 101 along the beach. Great event. ok, enough Chamber of Commerce talk!
They had a display of Vintage Motorcycles. I am not an expert on bikes and didn’t have a chance to talk to the owner of this Curtiss but it is an amazing piece of machinery.