The accompanying video from Petrolicious focuses on vintage supercars of the 70’s and what it is like to drive them. It demonstrates the joys of owning and running such cars and what about them creates the attraction, and addiction, for many. It’s a video that can be applied to the entirety of vintage car ownership in general.
I have great admiration for cars in general – old and new – but my true love tends to reside in the past. I find vintage cars much more engaging and rewarding to drive and if you know me, you know I chat about this fact ad nauseam.
Today’s cars are far safer and well ahead in terms of technology and usability, but they tend to create a situation where some of the passion is lost rendering the automobile as just a way to get around. They lack a voice and a distinct personality. You have to reach pretty high up into the world of super cars and hyper cars to find anything that can stir the emotions, but even then, I don’t think they captivate or engage like a vintage car.
Take any country road and drive it in a modern car and then a vintage car. I would wager you will end the trip having a more eventful experience in the vintage car. You will have driven the road and have been focused on it and engaged in the drive. I feel this is true even if you take out the most modern sports car. I love the style and technology packed into the new examples, but dislike the disconnect from when you could feel what was going on and thus, become a better and more attentive driver each time you went out.
I’m a very nostalgic person to say the least. Though not that old yet, I’m told I act it at times. I do have an affinity for most vintage things and though I have a great appreciation for modern sports cars, I tend to gravitate to the elder ones more often than not. I find them to be very engaging to drive and delight in their analog qualities. For this shoot, I would be splitting my time between both modern and vintage. Both cars were Porsches, but from different eras and after drive both, I enjoyed the new Targa quite a bit.
The modern Porsche came in the form of a beautifully spec’d 911 Targa 4S with an automated roof stowing system so unnecessarily complicated, I could watch it all day long. It was a thoughtful evolution of the original sporting the iconic brushed hoop and gills. The sapphire blue metallic paint was the perfect wrap and an excellent accompaniment to the black and Luxor beige interior. The cabriolet was a bright red affair of 80s vintage and felt very familiar as I have coupe of similar age. This one was just a bit older than mine and was like catching up with an old friend.
Now, how to make these cars stand out for their big day in front of the lens. Well for that, nothing makes cars like these stand out more than a nice industrial setting. I know, it’s been done to death and is nearly cliché, but It’s a setting that showcases cars well for a wide variety of reasons. So, off we went to a pre-selected site managed by a very understanding owner who was kind enough to grant us access for the morning. The facility was still in use and provided the perfect environment for the shoot with gritty industrial surroundings providing a great contrast for the beauty presented by the two Porsches.
The day went well, but all too quickly. I could have spent much more time finding various ways to capture these two Porsches, but such is life and I like to think my family would start to miss me after a bit. Both of the cars and the people involved behaved quite well making this yet another fantastic shoot. I could describe the environment and cars more, but that’s really what the photos are for, so get comfortable and enjoy the posted shots of these two great Porsches. For the complete gallery of the day and to order digital downloads, just follow this link. Enjoy!
We’ve all seen the great little plastic electric cars sold at toy stores. Little plastic wheels with sticker gauges and hard plastic molded seats with plastic on them formed from even more plastic. Some of them are decently optioned and look the part. Others, not so much and their efforts to conceal the make and model are often comical. This car, however, hides nothing and is so wonderfully appointed that you likely would wish to travel back in time to your youth and drive it yourself.
Everything about this car is special. A point that becomes very clear under close inspection of the hand crafted parts. It is more work of art than toy car. You want to protect it and set it aside for special viewing in your home. More of an art piece that you talk about and point at while it shimmers under its own accent lighting. It’s so perfect! Still, I would love to risk its destruction just to see a child drive this around as I can’t imagine it being anything less than utter bliss. It even has its own tool kit, driving gloves and a leather helmet!
How the car came into existence is a story unto itself. The entire project started based on some rejected radiator shells that had been created for an Auburn pedal car that another person was restoring. So logically, this miniature Duesenberg just had to grow from that seed. Every part is either hand made or found. The gauge bezels are from both the tops of beer cans and energy drinks. There is a stunning glass marble affixed to the end of the drive selector, which works by the way, and the leather components are all hand sewn. Under the bonnet lurks a beautiful faux engine. Every detail is present from miniature spark plugs and ignition wires to carburetors and exhaust. Pity the bonnet isn’t transparent, though it’s concealment of the engine does invite you to undo the leather strap and lift the cover to see what hides from view.
It can’t be stressed enough that this is a masterpiece and it was a wonderful opportunity to document it. It looked right at home in every location we placed it and drew the attention of anyone in the area. Young and old alike were drawn to this and it’s rather obvious why.
It’s currently looking for a new home as its builder is looking to work on other projects. I hope it gets used. To enjoy something like this as a child would certainly make a lasting impression that would no doubt foster a great love of the automobile. How many kids get to experience something like this? True motoring with a fully functioning electric Duesenberg that offers an engaging and tactile experience that a lot of cars for us adults don’t deliver.
For more images of this marvel, please follow this gallery link. It’s well worth the time as there is plenty more to see. Enjoy!