60 Years – DB4

End of November on the tops just South West of Huddersfield…a tad brass! At the home of the late David Brown, former owner of Aston Martin and the shoot to commemorate 60 years of the DB4 for Classic Cars. At the airstrip/field that was owned by David Brown where he flew his De Havilland Dove and after a days business / pleasure then back in the hanger. One key feature at the hanger which is still there are the tyre tracks so that the Dove aircraft could be lined up perfectly for the hanger. You can just see the three …

70s refreshed designs heading for the 80s

If there ever was a shoot that nearly got abandoned it was this one… Shot end of last year for Classic Cars Magazine in the Peak District. Three cars that were tweaked as a last swan song as they headed into the 80’s and the hot hatch era… Opel Manta… (which I kept saying ‘Mantra’ through the day to Ross the journalist much to his amusement 😉 ….. think I’ll put that down to the freezing fog and the sharp ‘breeze’ whistling over the moors. It started off pretty clear at 8am sat in a carpark waiting for the owners …

Mk2 Jag

Another dream drive in North Yorkshire for Classic Cars Magazine and another Jag, but this time a MK2. The new layout for this article is to have the DPS of the reader behind the wheel but as the weather was a wintery damp affair we decided to shoot the exteriors Strat away so we didn’t have to clean the car too many times. Its the experience of the owner as they get to drive a car that they wouldn’t by any other methods. It seemed all the roads around this location were straight and so couldn’t be that extravegant with …

Difting in a 90…

A still winters bright morning I headed back on the way to the homeland to the North East and to Teeside Autodrome to shoot an extreme ninety for Landrover Owner International. While an open drifting session was taking place on the track we had permission to camp in an inner section of the track which wasn’t in use. Most of the shoot was done on these three corners. The sky was blue, the sun was low and seemingly more bright and intense than our fair shores see. I shot a few images on a corner and still wasn’t happy so …

170mph – High Speed Kicks

Down in Dunsford Aerodrome, the home of Top Gear for this cover shoot for Classic Cars. Five cars, an outer track to ourselves to get this cover shoot in the bag. If I can I try to get the cover shot and opening DPS shot first or at least the group tracking done. Weighing up these owners I didn’t think we would have an issue and first impressions were correct. This road unlike the track at Longcross was pretty flat so couldn’t rely on an incline to see the rear row of cars better. So getting as high up as …

6 Daily Drives – Modern Classics Mag Test

This blog a little late to the table…. but here it is anyway. Cover shoot for January 2018 for Modern Classics Mag. 6 cars tested as ‘Daily Drives’ from various decades which is always interesting to see and shoot. The cover shot (at the same location as the rest of multi-car shoots)… Supplied a few cornering shots and the mag have done a good job in ‘creating’ the front cover… Just as I was getting the images ready for this blog just seen another shoot of mine in the mag…. the Rouse Sierra Cosworth. Maybe that’ll be my next task! …

Plymouth Estates

I shot this a while back which was looking like it wouldn’t see print but Street Machine took up the images and ran with them. A couple of Plymouth Estates, one a daily runner and the other a tuned street racer. These three images above are all taken within a few mins of each other. The lights and car have remained in the same position and so just moving around slightly and changing the focal length to try and get variants for the mag to give them options for layouts. Same as the landscape ones but repeat the same angles …

Nova Sport… resto

Back to my homeland of the North East for this one for Practical Classics. Slightly different format to an epic restoration, this Resto Heroes was for a Nova Sport. One of my oldest friends mum used to have a Nova ‘Ski’ back in the 80s and we got a life to school from time to time in it and this took me back to those days… The opening image for the Resto Hero is a vertical shot…. and its a good job I took this rough ‘setup shot’ in order to get a full vertical out of it as I …

440BHP Defender….. just a Cover shot

A very simple shoot this one for LRO. A shoot had already been shot and in the bag by another photographer and a good article it was : ) My assumption was that it wasn’t ear-marked by the mag as a potential cover shoot so a suitable image wasn’t captured on the day but since the shoot the mag wanted to run it as the cover vehicle. Shot originally way down south as the vehicle was there for the shoot but as it is based in Scotland and I’m a northern based photographer it was a trip up there for …

288 GTO

The day was crisp and still in the stunning Scottish boarders… With a 288 GTO looking good against moorland backdrop the day was set up to be a good one 🙂 The first call was a single track snaking up above a remote reservoir to get some statics for a possible opener. It turned out none of these images we shot up there made the final article so here are a few more images from the early stages of the day. Trying a few different angles and compositions to see what fit best on a DPS. With the light been …