From crash testing to 800bhp

Knowing I had an epic restoration shoot I set off with the type of images / ideas and kit I needed. Not knowing what car the subject was I was in for a shock. Once I eventually found the right building as I drove past it as there was no signage, or give away clues to it being anything to do with the automotive world. I was told that it had some special cars…

The first glimpse of anything out of the ordinary was two silver front nose’s of a couple of XJ220’s. Seeing one is always a good sight to behold but two!

I thought …yeah I’m in the right place! Finding a small door as the entrance I walked in to a workshop which I think I counted about 20 XJ220’s. As you can see by the colour I had a good idea which of these extraordinary cars was the main subject for the shoot. A stunning deep metallic blue which grew on me very quickly.

This XJ220 was the original MIRA crash test car which has had an epic restoration by Don Law Racing.


The opening DPS image above is the main image to open the story. After turning the car around in the fairly small amount of space (when you have a car that’s just shy of 5 meters and 2 meters wide). In the end we used 4 lights to get the car to lift.

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This darker image shows just available light … I’m just taking images here as quick snaps so I can work out whats going to be the better angle and alignment for the centre of the magazine and where the crease will lay.

Moving onto the final image with green and red lines.

The red lines show the angle and rough spread of a couple of Speedlights (small flashguns) Hidden just of camer right for No4 and behind the nearside of the Silver XJ220.

No.s 2 & 3 are a couple of studio heads fitted with barn-doors to clip the light so it doesn’t spill everywhere in the frame… mainly concentrating on the car.

Like I said with the car being so wide and long a couple of lights were needed to cover evenly. The Speedlight  No.4 was just added purely for the black Speedline black wheels as you can see from the darker image the wheels can be lost in shadow.

Happy with the result….


On this one above only used one studio head high right out of shot and one Speedlight with narrow angle to highlight the Jaguar badge on the front grill… just to give the front a little light.


A couple of Speedlights ….. One tucked behind my head to the right and one obviously in the drivers foot well to light the subject.

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Just a couple of images of the Engine which with the LeMans spec added gives this road legal XJ220 800 bhp….. nice!


The final closing shot with e one studio head off to the left and one Speedlight off to the right…

A great pleasure to see such a workshop in high demand from XJ220 owners from around the globe who need their beloved cars serviced and repaired.

Until nest time


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