A few familliar faces @ the NEC Classic Motor Show

Whilst being at the NEC on Saturday for the Jensen FF unveil I had the chance of wandering around to take in the sites and sounds… There were one or two familiar faces out there…   Mike Brewer & Ed China from Wheeler Dealers… and yes I thought I was a good height at 6’3″… Ed C must be about 6’6″! and the one and only Sterling Moss… Well I’ll be sure to post more images now and then from my various travels… Jona

The ‘Grumbleweed’ restoration…

Earlier this year I had an interesting shoot… Robin Colvill a petrol head & founding member of the ‘Grumbleweeds’. Having restored over 20 cars Robin has many hidden talents other than just his entertaining side… Shot for Practical Classic… this ‘Readers Resto’ featured Robin’s Ford Anglia Super. From his home garage, with this and other projects he takes on as much work as he can…from engine rebuilds, re-sprays through to stitching new interior carpets. As well as listening to his stories of the Anglias’ re-build, one or two impersonations and stories were woven into the conversation and the days antics! …

Goodwood to Venice – 7 Day Rally / Trip

A little over a month now I formed part of a 4 person crew driving two support vehicles with the extra role of rally photographer. Not so much driving and car photography but documentary / street / fly on the wall photography….or which ever you want to call it. This area of editorial photography suits me down to the ground. The trip started early at Goodwood with a few laps around the track and then off to the channel tunnel. A couple of nights through France then a short trip through Switzerland then onto Italy. Documenting the places / hotels …

No horsing around with this Grand National…

A shoot earlier this summer found me photographing a car which can be described as the car Darth Vadar would drive if not in his Tie Fighter… This car had a recent revival thanks to the movie ‘Fast & Furious 4’… you can see a clip from the scene here… Its one of those cars that … well it sounds funny but you either know it or you don’t. While we were there it caused a little bet with some of the workers at an adjacent factory to guess what it was… One of them came to find out and …

Re-united with the ‘General’

I’ve been busy lately with not only automotive work but with my other commercial / editorial clients and it was coming back from a shoot near London that I was driving up the dreaded M1 when I spotted a car being towed. In the distance I said that’s a Charger… upon seeing the orange paintwork and then the reg plate it was my old friend the General Lee which was a nice surprise. Knowing it was away all winter for a little TLC i called the owner and had a quick chat… we’ve a few more things planned for the …

Torino makes cover…

As I write this blog I’m in the middle of shooting 6 cars for American Car Mag … As with pretty much all these American cars the 68 Torino GT was great to look at and had a great shape. I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before but for me the location can make or break the shoot / final images. I’m always looking for ‘urban’, ‘industrial’, ‘gritty’ backdrops for these cars. This location was based about 30 miles from the car but thanks to the owner he was really willing to travel and make the best possible use of this …

Behind the Lens – MG Midget

On the shoot for Practical Classic magazine, as well as the owner and myself we had Neil with us (senior writer for PC who came to interview the owner and also to keep an eye on me 😉 I asked him to grab a few shots of me in action so I can include some more ‘Behind the Lens’ articles. You don’t see many images of me…but at least this one has my best side!!! The resulting image of that set up is below… Straight forward shot. Another shot of the set up… I mainly use a couple of Speedlights …

‘Reader Resto’ shoot makes Cover

My first shoot for Practical Classic magazine was a little MG Midget restoration based only 20 mins away… #Happydays! The day was booked were all three parties involved were available… With the weather being the best day of a bad looking bunch on the weather sites. At best we were looking for no rain and true enough it was dry. Unfortunately we were left with a flat white sky… the kind that I don’t like… the kind I don’t like to shoot. I much prefer rain clouds that have some definition in them… Anyway we set off to capturing the …

WEC @ Silverstone

Silverstone held the WEC over the weekend just gone. I’ve got to admit I’m not that clued up on all the different classes that compete in the World Endurance Champoinship but I like the atmosphere and ‘goings on’ behind the scenes. The weather was on the chilly side but dry…which was a good start. We had a walked past ‘The Loop’ and took a few of the cars that were already out on the track before heading to the main area just behind the International Pit Straight. For me all the engines sounded similar until the Aston Martins came around. …

‘Behind the Camera’ – Volvo

Another behind the camera post…this time with some images taken by a good friend (lets call him Richard) whose been mentioned in my blog before….(the focus driver) I wanted to match the location to the car as normal…to try and place the car in a ‘comfortable’ location which is fitting for the car or story. Richard has his own business (creating Apps – Appware) on an office park with some good ‘modern’ looking buildings that fit the bill. It was a tad touch and go for the weather on this one but the clouds broke and the sun came out…happy …