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 …

The List – Lotus Carlton (Classic Car Magazine)

‘The List’ is an article done by Classic Cars Mag and puts a reader in one of their chosen dream drives. The reader this time was a guy called Tim and one of his dream rides is the Lotus Carlton… For me this is a classic icon from my youth and was great to see this car in the flesh. A mint example with sub 14k miles on the clock. No 95 of I think 950 cars completed. Around the North Yorkshire moors we took off to find some roads that were suitable for some tracking shots. The opening cover …

‘Life Cycle’ – Classic Cars Editorial

Each car I’ve shot for Classic Cars Magazine has been for a different editorial piece. For example the last post was for ‘The Collector’ piece and this Laser Capri is for the ‘Life Cycle’ article. Not quite back home in the North East for this one but getting there… at the North end of North Yorkshire. As ever my mind is on the opening image and the DPS. This was another one of those moments of interest when you see how the magazine has used the images you shot. Not a DPS as such but 3/4 of one. Depending on …