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The Love for Bugatti

I think for most with a great passion for cars, Bugatti stands out as one of the all time greats. To own one is a fantasy for most and the highest privilege for a few. I can only imagine what it must be like to be a steward of one of these fine automobiles. Piloting one on backcountry roads would be exhilarating and a feast for all your senses. It’s also one of those cars that you could sit and look at for quite some time and always find something new and intriguing about it. Before long, you too will develop the love for Bugatti.

In the link attached, the good people at Petrolicious present a short film on a family that lives that privileged life. Take some time to watch and live vicariously through them as they care for and share the coveted marque ensuring it continues to make a lasting impression now and for future generations.

I hope you enjoy watching it and find it as wonderful as I did. The roots of this company come from a time of great and creative coachbuilding. A time when very artistic forms were created for cars not just for the bodies, but for every part of the car. Areas largely unseen received an artistic touch from fine engine turning to precise stitching. They were so much more than simple transportation and that is something that I have always appreciated about Bugatti and manufacturers like them.

Please pass this along to all you know who will appreciate it and learn from it. It’s a great and historic name in the automotive world and extends well beyond the very popular Veyron.

Many additional Bugatti images can be found on my Matthew Little Photography page as well as my facebook site. Check them out often as images are added all the time.

Vintage Motoring

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.

 

Porsche 911 Targa 4S Love

Porsche 911 Targa 4S top in action
Porsche 911 Targa 4S top in action

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.

Porsche 911 Targa 4S and Cabriolet
Porsche 911 Targa 4S and Cabriolet

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.

Porsche 911 Cabriolet
Porsche 911 Cabriolet

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.

Porsche 911 Targa 4S and vintage Cabriolet
Porsche 911 Targa 4S and vintage Cabriolet
Porsche 911 Targa 4S top stowed
Porsche 911 Targa 4S top stowed

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!

Porsche 911 Targa 4S interior
Porsche 911 Targa 4S interior
Porsche 911 Targa 4S headrest detail
Porsche 911 Targa 4S headrest detail
Porsche 911 Targa 4S wheel detail
Porsche 911 Targa 4S wheel detail
Porsche 911 Targa 4S
Porsche 911 Targa 4S
Porsche 911 Targa 4S and Cabriolet
Porsche 911 Targa 4S and Cabriolet
Porsche 911 Targa 4S
Porsche 911 Targa 4S

The 2015 PVGP Walnut Street Invitational

This quite possibly might be my favorite event of the week. I should note that that sentiment has nothing to do with the fact that as I age, I get less enthusiastic about walking great distances to see things. Writing that just made me tired. I like to think I enjoy this event because the show has everything from great shopping, food, people, atmosphere, and oh yes…marvelous cars. The setting is well suited to the wide array of automotive history on display that is curated by one of the finest automotive junkies I know. He never disappoints and always makes sure there are cars that will appeal to a broad range of people. If you can’t find a car at this show that speaks to you, then I would suspect that you have no interest in cars.

Alfa Romeo Spider
Alfa Romeo Spider

This year was as brilliant as ever with vintage powerhouses and modern sports cars to racecars and hot rods on display. Even American and British classic were on hand to dazzle and delight with their shiny bits and pieces. Though it rained, which it has done quite a lot this year, the crowds were still strong as was the turnout of cars. I’ll let the photos do the talking with this one as they easily show the breadth of the significant cars on display. It was a fantastic show that was very well attended and boasted a great display of Italy’s finest.

On the corner with a Lamborghini Countach
On the corner with a Lamborghini Countach
A lovely Moto Guzzi
A lovely Moto Guzzi

I think if I had to be pinned down to pick a car from this display it would have been the MG Midget “Rat Rod” but then that likely has more to do with my mood at the moment than anything else, but that was a very cool car. I have a very long and eclectic list of cars that interest me so my answer to that question changes frequently. In reality, if my life depended on it, I probably couldn’t come up with a top favorite car. I could give you my top 5, though…or 10.

"Rat Rod" MG Midget
“Rat Rod” MG Midget

At any rate, it was a superb evening. Eyetique had a party going well into the evening and most hung around to the bitter end. For a full gallery of the event just follow this link. You should get your fill there. Enjoy and the next show is in just a few hours!

Excellent live entertainment
Excellent live entertainment
Beautiful Jaguar E-Type
Beautiful Jaguar E-Type
The mighty Lamborghini Countach
The mighty Lamborghini Countach
1960 Cadillac
1960 Cadillac
Beck Porsche 904
Beck Porsche 904
A very distinguished Franklin
A very distinguished Franklin
Alfa Romeo Giulia SS
Alfa Romeo Giulia SS

The Grand Ascent 2015

Every year a band of stunning vintage sports cars arrive at the grounds of The Hotel Hershey in Hershey PA. They test and tune in preparation for the run to victory up a hill that has challenged drivers since the 1950s. The setting is in the woods and provides beautiful vistas for viewers to watch these drivers race their cars up the hill. It’s a fantastic spectacle that is well worth the journey out if you’ve yet to attend.

Stunning pre-war Bugatti
Stunning pre-war Bugatti

 

Porsche 356 at the ready during The Grand Ascent
Porsche 356 at the ready during The Grand Ascent

Friday welcomes the arrival of the competitors and the air is filled with the sound of engines tuning. Preliminary runs are made up the hill and the dialing in continues in an effort to make the perfect run. It’s a somewhat relaxed setting with much friendly chatter and well-wishing throughout the field. There is still a strong desire among many to win, but the overriding feeling is to have fun and enjoy time with good friends. The driver’s reception in the evening continues that sentiment.

David George's Bear Special Indy Champ Car
David George’s Bear Special Indy Champ Car
1941 Oldsmobile Special owned by Steve Moskowitz
1941 Oldsmobile Special owned by Steve Moskowitz

The morning light on Saturday reveals a similar scene with cars being readied and getting into position based on their grouping. The runs up the hill begin early and run into the afternoon as each driver chases victory. This year Wayne Carini was a guest and fielded his Triumph TR4. He made some great runs, as did some outstanding contenders in the Pre-war group.

Wayne Carini in his Triumph TR4
Wayne Carini in his Triumph TR4
1953 Aston Martin DB2/4 during The Grand Ascent
1953 Aston Martin DB2/4 during The Grand Ascent

Once again, it was a superb event. One that will long be on my calendar of events to attend. Check out the shots accompanying this article and follow this link to view the full gallery of images from the weekend.

David George's Bear Special Indy Champ Car
David George’s Bear Special Indy Champ Car

BLUE MAX

Blue Max
Blue Max

The name is so fitting to this car. It is German, it is indeed blue, and was the pinnacle for its time. Though some nagging misunderstandings still persist about this car, it is one well worth a look if you are ever in the market for a unique and well-rounded vintage super car.

Porsche 928 Car of the Year
Porsche 928 Car of the Year

The Porsche 928 is a car that has long been one that some either love or dare I say, hate. That love/hate is fostered for a variety of reasons. The love for it comes from an appreciation of the cars innovations as well as its power, speed, and comfort. The hate, well that comes from myths about high maintenance costs, the belief to some that it is slow and fat and the fact that it was created to supplant the mighty 911. Its pluses became minuses for many as it was everything the 911 wasn’t. It had a water-cooled engine residing in the front with two extra cylinders, near equal weight distribution, and great handling both on and off track making it a wonderful GT car.

Porsche 928
Porsche 928

It was a ground up effort from Porsche from the start and the end result was a quite striking form. I often run hot and cold on this car, but in the form you see here, it is an undeniable winner. This particular car is coated in the perfect color matched to the wildly fantastic Pasha interior and is even wearing the right shoes. It’s the total package right down to the very spider like intake hiding just beneath the hood. Perhaps the only thing missing from this particular model is a…well…nothing. This one is spot on from nose to tail.

Porsche 928 Phone Dial Wheels
Porsche 928 Phone Dial Wheels
Porsche 928 Pasha Seats
Porsche 928 Pasha Seats
Porsche 928 Central Console
Porsche 928 Central Console
Porsche 928 Engine
Porsche 928 Engine
Porsche 928 Instrument Cluster
Porsche 928 Instrument Cluster

So the next time you are out and see this, or any other 928, stop and show it some love. You won’t be disappointed you took the time to do so. For a few more images of this car, pop on over to this gallery.

Porsche 928 Door Sill
Porsche 928 Door Sill

Porsche Kid

The Cars and Coffee season has finally kicked of here in Pittsburgh so this is as good a time as any to start looking at the cars as well as the people behind the cars. I’ll start things of by looking at the ride of choice for the more than artful organizer; Cliff L. Cliff played an instrumental role in helping to guide the Pittsburgh Cars ‘N Coffee group to where it is today and his worthiness to captain this group is displayed in his choice of cars. Occupying his garage you will find a riotous Ariel Atom as well as this more than capable, Porsche 996 Turbo featured here.

Porsche 996 body 911 Turbo
Porsche 996 body 911 Turbo

Now I should say that I love all cars. Each has a special place in motoring history for any number of reasons, but it could be argued that I have a bit of a leaning toward Porsche 911s. No shock here that I rather love this one. It has all the proper accoutrements from a 6 speed manual gearbox and HRE wheels to a right at home GT2 wing and an AWE strait pipe exhaust system that will announce your arrival long before, and I mean long before, anyone lays eyes on you. From inside the car, this exhaust system will also gently massage your brain as it resonates quite pleasingly in the cabin. And, if you were so obtuse as to bring one with you, stir your coffee.

As this is a photo feature, I’ll stop writing. Take a good look, though, as the cars we drive often become our face. When you see this car roll in, you know Cliff has arrived. Enjoy the gallery and check back again as a new car will be featured after each PGHCNC event. For images from the event, just follow this gallery link.

Porsche 996 body 911 Turbo
Porsche 996 body 911 Turbo
Porsche 911 Turbo headlight detail
Porsche 911 Turbo headlight detail
Porsche 911 Turbo HRE wheels
Porsche 911 Turbo HRE wheels
Porsche 911 Turbo interior
Porsche 911 Turbo interior
Porsche 911 Turbo GT2 style wing
Porsche 911 Turbo GT2 style wing
Porsche 911 Turbo door sill
Porsche 911 Turbo door sill

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.