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 …

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 …

Chimaera – 25th Anniversary

Back in July shot for Classic Cars Magazine, plenty of miles and not a lot of shooting. From West Yorkshire (home), up to Hexham to pick up the two Chimaera’s, head back down to Lancashire, shoot the feature then onto Blackpool. After all that I had to head back to Yorkshire to drop off my good friend who gave us a hand that day then plough on down to Bicester for a Modern Classic shoot the day after. (the blog before this one 🙂 So it was a full on day. Due to the weather and travelling we didn’t start …

4 Group A classics & Yorkshires B roads

It wasn’t long ago I shot another red Integrale on North Yorkshires B roads with a Cosworth and GT-Four… for Modern Classics mag (You can see that blog here). This time for Classic Cars Mag the line up is a Quattro, Sapphire RS Cosworth and an Impreza Turbo. The day was forecast for a little light drizzle and cloud and uphill the day and the morning of the shoot the weather kept changing and different forecasts saying different things. We just hoped for it to be dry at least. We met near Dalby Forest and draw some plans. The cars …

XK120

Another Classic Cars mag shoot, and this time its ‘The List’. Where they put a reader in one of their dream cars. Up in North Yorkshire it was a cold start with low fog and mist… Off we set from the cars garage location and found a decent lay-by area where we could get some static shots while we waited for the fog and mist to lift. The above image was the final chosen image but like ever you try and get a different angle, view point to mix things up again. You can only do so much with two …

A life long BMW…

A relativity straight forward shoot this one for Classic Cars Magazine. Another ‘Life Cycle’ article which looks at and traces the whole story of a particular car which has got some interesting history to it. This BMW 3.0s has been owned since new by a great English gentleman and was a pleasure spending time with in getting to know more about his ‘Bertha’! As ever getting a few tracking shots for the opener. Don’t think we ventured more than a mile from ‘Bertha’s’ home being in the sticks. Grabbed more than enough for a front shot, we grabbed a few …

Epic Restoration – Lea Francis

A trip back to the North East… this time it was in the heart of Middlesbrough. The workshop was in two main buildings with limited space. Only one ‘bay’ if you like could be used to get the opener shot which for the Epic Restortaion article is the main image. My first thought was…. “man that black is well black”. How can you get ‘shades’ of black??? Take it from me this finish was such a deep shine and very black. You hope for a colour that  stands out a little from the background but this was visa versa. Light …

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 …

Rare Ginetta – going strong

A ‘Life Cycle’ shoot for Classic Car Magazine… The G23 was an early prototype for Ginetta, this particular chassis number is No.2. Its been owned by the same owners since they bought it from Ginetta. Recently undergoing a full re-build with alot of the work undertaken by the owners… Not so much to shoot here, alot of old 6×4’s and old car magazines it has appeared in previously. A few rig shots for an opener and a few statics to give a flavor of the car now. Not one of the images used but the engine bay was tidy with …