Targa Time – June / Cover Shoot

5 Targa’s, North Yorkshire Moors, the original date was moved due to the poor weather…. new dates set and the forecast was sunshine all day….. happy days! Checked the forecast the night before and still all looking good, travelling there on the day the story was different. Slightly overcast but still fairly bright but when we got to the location, on the tops of the moors the wind was a decent strength.. . The image above was a quick phone snap. In that canvas bag hung on the bottom of the tripod has effectively x4 sandbags to weigh the thing …

Pink Espada…

Whats better than a car that is marmite to separate the automotive masses … a marmite car that is metallic dusky pink! Double marmite! I fall on the side of marmite that thinks it should be known as ‘Devil Paste’…. (just like twigglets should be called ‘Devil Sticks’!) So now we’ve got that sorted and out, back to the Espada. Words fail me when it comes to this Lamborghini, not in the sense of complete horror but more of a head scratch. In one sense I like it when a car comes out and bucks the trend and goes against …

A Couple of Rowan Atkinson’s rides…

Before you all think I spent a day driving around in a green mini with Mr Bean unfortunately it wasn’t meant to be. Although that would be a shoot worth waiting for this was to shoot a couple of cars from the private collection from Mr Atkinson for Classic Cars. The day started of crisp and clear which boded well… However the weather had other ideas. I remember calling the mag office and they said they had clear blue skies where as we had patches of thick fog… nice :/ We set to with the details as the cars had …

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 …

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 …