BACMono “One of a kind”

I had the pleasure recently of visiting the BAC (Briggs Automotive Company) factory again and this time had the chance to create one of my Car Portraits. These I shoot for car collectors and anyone else that would like something different and bespoke on their garage, office or man cave wall. A combination of a technique that just captures the flash and not the ambient light, certain strip lighting and a keen eye to try and capture the contours of the car. I finish up with about 40 images. From these I combine certain areas from each image to produce …

Bentayga – Auto-Illustrierte gets a closer look…

Early on in 2016 I had another visit to the Bentley factory in Crewe. Over these last few years every time I’ve visited there’s been development to the site for one thing or another…. this visit was no exception. Since the launch of the Bentayga last year and other developments like all W12 engines are assembled in Crewe for the VW group, buildings have expanded and new ones on the up. This commission was to capture images for an article for the Swiss based automotive magazine Auto-Illustrierte who had direct access to the Bentayga production line and a few key …

Mdina Grand Prix… The last great street grand prix …

Where better to spend a long weekend in October to escape the Yorkshire weather…. Malta, don’t mind if I do. The destination in the Mediterranean for one of the last remaining truly classic street races left, the Mdina Grand Prix. Traveling out there with Sam (News Editor – Classic Cars Magazine) who also was one of the drivers of the Ex-works TR2 alongside owner Neil of Fender-Broad classic cars. The long weekend is comprised of a Hillclimb event, the concours d’Elegance and finishing off with the remaining two days of qualifying and the final races. Being over 4 days you …

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 …

Want one! ……the ultimate 101

Shot this for Land Rover Owner International last October I think back in the North East… I’m still lost for words when writing this to express what I felt when I first saw this 101. Didn’t know much about the 101 until this shoot, but remember seeing them in their native MOD format when growing up. This started out and was deployed in various conflicts for the Army as an ambulance. I think just the size of it, quality of engineering, attention to detail etc etc… so much to look at, so much thought went into it… you could just …

No ‘Mini’ Shoot…Practical Classics Cover Shoot

This was the 2nd day back in the North East of shooting a few automotive articles. The sky was clear, the sun was bright, the wind was just a gentle breeze… this was a great shoot. Already marked as a strong contender for a cover we just needed to pick out the locations for the tracking images to make the most of the weather and car. The cover shot was taken along with other static filler shots near to Souter Lighthouse. We had about 100 yds to geta few frames fired off per pass to get the front shot in …

10 cars…2 miles of runway…. lets play

Bit late in posting this blog but just a tad busy lately… It was a pleasure to be asked to shoot the cover for the 1st edition of a new magazine… Modern Classics. Concentrating on cars in the 90s-2000s, which for me was my era. I remember sitting with my mate Andy on Durham Rd, Sunderland with our usual fried rice, chips and gravy from the local Chinese take-away in the early 90s watching the world go by but mainly car watching… happydays… I digress… the day was sunny and warm and we had the 2 miles of Bruntingthorpe runway …

Eat my dust ‘Wile E. Coyote’ !

Keep saying this but this one tops the chart for the closet to my home…. some 1.8 miles! Shot for American Car Magazine this Plymouth Road-Runner was no slouch when it came to sound, looks and appearance. One of the cleanest American muscle cars I’ve shot. The location was Black Dyke Mills in Queensbury, W. Yorks. The sun was bright as ever and so the use of lights to lift the shadows was definitely needed. The red didn’t need any work in the sense it was already popping too much. Just controlling the reflections mainly on the sides to eliminate …

Goodwood to Monte Carlo – Riviera Rally

You may or may not know that I’m the photographer for Luxury Rallies, a company that puts on x2 rallies a year which are 7-8 days of 5* hotels and food coupled with some of the best driving roads in Europe. The Riviera Rally is the most popular rally that takes in France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy then back through to Monte Carlo for a gala dinner in Casino Square. The day we went over the Stelvio Pass we were very fortunate with the weather. The place looks empty here but 80% it was packed with cyclists, buses and cars as …

This Stag Estate is no weekend runner…

Well its been too long since I blogged last as I’ve been too busy and I’m sure while I’m sat on the train now there’ll be more posts coming… This one is for last months cover shoot for Practical Classic mag. A great restored Triumph Stag estate… Even though as I’ve mentioned before each mag and article has its own feel and standard shots. After saying that each location is different and brings its own challenges to capture some interesting images. I try and capture the opening DPS or the owner shot which takes the most time in general to …