Category Archives: General Blog Entries

BMW M3 Photo Shoot

First off, what a marvelous car! Wonderful lines sporting the perfect color and dressed in just the right amount of carbon fiber. I love it! It’s the kind of car you want to drive all day with no particular destination in mind and you can do so in relative anonymity. Anything goes with this car from track to street. It’s just perfect and true to its intended purpose of providing the owner with the ultimate driving machine.

BMW M3
BMW M3

Add to that, stunning good looks. The lines on this BMW M3 fascinate me and stand out in any light. It has the perfect balance of curves and creases. As a result, I was happy to have been asked to photograph it.

BMW M3
BMW M3

We started off shooting the car at the track to get some nice panning shots but also to potentially capture some sideways action. The later did not occur as nobody wants to get kicked off the track. It’s not even worth trying to fake it being accidental. Besides, the next thing you know, you’ve had an off track agricultural excursion resulting in unintentionally mating with the armco. No one wins in that situation and then I have to act like I have no idea what’s going on. I’m not a good actor. Anyway, we have an opportunity to do it with a blessing very soon so all good things come to pass eventually.

BMW M3 gauge cluster
BMW M3 gauge cluster

So, with a good amount of stills and action shots captured, we set about planning the next few shoot locations. I have quite a few I like for fall and the roads tend to be traveled infrequently at most times of the year. Oh, except when you’re doing a shoot and then the one you are counting on hosts a charity walk and shuts down half the park. The backup worked perfectly, though, so no harm. And actually, that second choice location was better. Great fall color and the car looked right at home in the natural setting.

BMW M3 Country road leaf removal.
BMW M3 Country road leaf removal.

It gave us a great opportunity to demonstrate the cars leaf removal abilities as well. Always nice to lend a hand to the local community when you blow through town and I feel certain, they appreciated it greatly.

BMW M3 basking in the sun
BMW M3 basking in the sun

We made a few more stops later in the day, but have plans for additional shoots including a very nice out of the ordinary location that should provide a suitable amount of danger. Should be some good fun coming up quite soon. You can find the full gallery from this shoot here and I will be adding to it as we do more shoots with this car. Keep checking back as there will be a lovely Fly Yellow 308 gracing this page soon!

 

 

Ferrari 430 Scuderia Photo Shoot

A few months back I was shooting a track day at the newly improved Pitt Race in Beaver Pennsylvania. While there, I struck up a conversation with the owner of a beautiful Ferrari 430 Scuderia. He was running the car just the way it had been intended and was very open to taking the car to a variety of places you normally wouldn’t want to for a shoot. We scheduled some days and set to capturing his car in some rather unique settings outside just the track. Though the track was much fun.

Ferrari 430 Scuderia on track.
Ferrari 430 Scuderia on track.

We headed into town a few days later after I had found some great back alleys and a bit of urban decay. The settings were wonderful and for the first time, I was not running about, removing trash and other items from the foreground and background. This was one time I wanted all the crap in the shot. Well except for the smell. The first location did have an occasional odor that was less than pleasant depending upon the breeze. Thankfully, cameras don’t capture that element, yet. I’m sure at some point in time it will be someones brilliant idea to have a scented spray emanate from your monitor and assault your senses with a smell that correlates to the image you just looked at. That could be good and very very bad.

Ferrari 430 Scuderia lurking in a back alley.
Ferrari 430 Scuderia lurking in a back alley.

Back on topic, we got some great shots in with perfect light and gradually moved our way up and down the truncated and rather narrow alley. It really is a great spot, but man is it tight. We had to remove the car completely to get turned around for different angles. Still worth the work. The car looked stunning here.

Ferrari 430 Scuderia looking down the alley.
Ferrari 430 Scuderia looking down the alley.

Next stop, mostly unused railroad tracks and rusted structures. Oh, and piles of huge tires. Must have huge tires.

Ferrari 430 Scuderia under the tracks.
Ferrari 430 Scuderia under the tracks.

This was one spot that the car managed to attract much attention from people in traffic as well as in the surrounding buildings. It’s nice to be noticed and it’s rather hard no to be in a brilliant red Ferrari. One gent driving by was even nice enough to display his sense of humor by acting as though he was going to crash into the car. Sooooo unbelievably hilarious. We never laughed so hard as he jerked the wheel toward the Ferrari and then back at the last second while flashing the international symbol for, just kidding. What a funny moment.

Ferrari 430 Scuderia rear deck.
Ferrari 430 Scuderia rear deck.

With that behind us, we did a bit of off-roading which you can see in the gallery posted here. We then moved into town and finished the shoot in the plaza of PPG. A most spectacular setting to end the shoot if I do say so myself. Wonderful reflections and architectural elements surrounded us. As did the police, but they came with the property and we had permission to shoot that day.

Ferrari 430 Scuderia PPG Plaza
Ferrari 430 Scuderia PPG Plaza

Next up, a very energetic BMW M3.

Concours D’Elegance at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens 2014

There is a new show in town and its first time out of the gate looked pretty impressive. The Concours D’Elegance at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens boasted beautiful grounds, elegant cars and bikes as well as some great food. This show has also filled a void, for many including myself, that was left with the departure of the Glenmoor Gathering. A show that was held at the same time of the year and had a marvelous run of 18 years. David W, Schultz, along with many others responsible for the Glenmoor Gathering, made this new event possible. Once again, they have done a sterling job picking a wonderful venue and then covering its grounds with some of the most beautiful machines you will ever see.

This first year for Stan Hywet focused on Pierce-Arrow. A company that got its start manufacturing delicate, gilded birdcages of all things. The company then added bicycles to their line followed by the automobile.

1936 Pierce-Arrow Model 1601
1936 Pierce-Arrow Model 1601

The earliest Pierce-Arrow example represented was a 1909 Model 36 producing, as you might have guessed, 36 horsepower. By the time this car was introduced by the company, they had already gained a reputation for building premier motorcars. No less than a dozen or so Pierce-Arrows were on display from 1909 through 1936. It was a very impressive array of some of their finer creations.

Sharing the grounds with Pierce-Arrow were greats like Dueseberg, Packard, Cord, Lincoln, Alfa Romeo, Allard, and Maserati. That just names a few and does not do justice to the breadth of manufacturers on display this year. I could have spent far more than the allotted time for the show examining each and every car. Nothing presented could have been considered mundane.

1922 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8
1922 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8

It was a very special event that attracted highly desirable cars along with a group of very knowledgeable judges. On hand to lead the charge in this difficult task was Chief Judge Paul F. Sable. He along with his erudite automotive team made their way through the vehicles to make the tough decisions that someone like myself would have great difficulty doing. In settings like this, I’m much like a child running from car to car easily distracted by shiny things.

I encourage all to find room in your busy schedules to attend this event. It is a brilliant location to showcase some of the finest cars man has put his hand to. I eagerly look forward to next year and well imagine it will be equally as stunning. I again will no doubt run about in an effort to take it all in while trying to look as professional as possible. Do take the time to look through my gallery of the event to see just how remarkable this year’s event was.

1931 Franklin Series 15
1931 Franklin Series 15

U.S. Vintage Grand Prix Watkins Glen 2014

I always love going to this event. The vintage racing at Watkins Glen never fails to produce some great memories and there is almost always some very special cars in attendance. This year I was drawn to a stunning 1968 Alfa Romeo T33/2 Daytona. This is a car that gets its name from the fact that it won its class at the 24 hours of Daytona. Not a minor achievement.

Alfa Romeo T33/2 Daytona adding additional class to the garage at Watkins Glen.
Alfa Romeo T33/2 Daytona adding additional class to the garage at Watkins Glen.

Equally impressive, though, was the Bentley Mulsanne that joined us in the camp grounds. Not sure I can think of a more interesting car to show up in. I tip my hat to that individual for sharing his car with us while at the same time raising our aspirations. The Campgrounds never disappoint when it comes to seeing unique cars and campers.

Bentley Mulsanne at Watkins Glen
Bentley Mulsanne at Watkins Glen

The track action was what you would expect with a bit of everything going on. There is always the group running at the front pounding away for victory. Not to suggest the rest are just out there doing parade laps, though. No, there was still good racing through and through for every group and with vintage cars, I’m just glad to see them out there. It’s a far better way to experience these cars and it trumps a museum nearly all the time. Hearing many of these cars at full chat will stay in your mind for a long time. Which is good as some of them will cause you to go deaf.

1965 Ford Mustang HiPro at Watkins Glen.
1965 Ford Mustang HiPro at Watkins Glen.
1959 Lister Costin exiting the Boot at Watkins Glen.
1959 Lister Costin exiting the Boot at Watkins Glen.
1996 Fabcar 911 exiting turn 1 at Watkins Glen.
1996 Fabcar 911 exiting turn 1 at Watkins Glen.

This will always be an event that is well worth your time if you have not been. I highly recommend attending and if you have budding car enthusiasts, do take them along. I have no doubt they will enjoy every minute of it.

[wp_eStore_buy_now_button id=1]

Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix

This year’s Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix featured a number of events that should not be missed. If you have never attended, it should be on your list of summer car show activities. There is really no reason to have not attended yet or to wait any longer.

Porsche 911 on track at Schenley Park
Porsche 911 on track at Schenley Park

 

The weather cooperated, for the most part, save for Saturday at Schenley. The rain that day nearly prevented the show cars from taking to the grass and at the start, you actually might have been better to arrive in a boat. As luck would have it, though, things settled enough that everyone was able to get into position and enjoy the rest of the event. Some of the finest cars were on display from vintage British greats like Bentley, Rolls-Royce, and Aston Martin to all American heavies including Ford GT40s, Corvette, and Shelby Mustangs. The Germans and Italians were well represented as well with impressive displays from Porsche, BMW, Ferrari, Maserati, and Alfa Romeo just to scratch the surface. It was a feats for the eyes with some of the finest curves in automotive history on display.

Ford GT40 MkIV at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix
Ford GT40 MkIV at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix

To experience all that the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix has to offer, I have attached a gallery link to this text that will enable you to see the eye candy that was on display at all the events from this year. Do enjoy and feel free to navigate your way through the other galleries I have featured on my site. Until next time!

A beautiful when wet Lancia
A beautiful when wet Lancia