Got to be seen to be believed…

This was the 2nd LRO (landrover Owner International) magazine shoot in as many days within less than a mile from each other. Not only that but less than 30mins from me…. happy days. This one certainly ticks the box for “really!”, “That’s mental!”…. you can add your own as well. All I was told was that it was a landrover on tracks… didn’t surprise me to hear that but to see it, you’d expect Fred Dibner behind the wheel stoking up the steam engine in order to reach its full top speed. After saying that a steam engine would probably …

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 …

Plymouth Makes Cover – ACM

It was a ‘fresh’ September morning last year and a full English breakfast ‘sarnie’… (or ‘flat cake’, ‘buttie’ etc etc) was a much welcome start to this cold day in Sheffield, that was brought by the owner of this Plymouth…so thanks Carl. I can still feel the cold now! Finding locations is a constant search for me, especially with American Cars. Really don’t want to shoot in a car park or a layby etc etc … Suggested by Carl this old unit turned out much better than on even first arrival. Looking back I could have saved some of the …

LRM – May Cover

(Little late in posting this one…. but here goes) Trip down to the Norfolk north coast was in order to shoot the 3 soft top Land Rovers to mark the start of summer… The sky was blue, the sun was out but…. while waiting for the vehicles to arrive the clouds came in slowly which was not the best to try and show the start of summer. To catch what was let of the sun and blue sky we got straight on to shoot the cover. The first bay we got moved on which didn’t help the cause. We eventually …

Camaro – ACM July Cover Shoot

Shot back in Sept 2014, I’m pleased it has made it to a cover. Looking for a suitable location in the middle of North Yorkshire was as ever the first stage for an ACM shoot. This particular location was an old Army camp with those buildings that can be described as oil barrels cut in half length ways and on its side. The air-field has long since gone and these buildings are the last remaining visual evidence of army activity within the area. Currently the buildings are used as pigsties…interesting to say the least. The owner was very accommodating but …

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 …

Bentley – Italian Factory Visit

Getting a call from Bentley Motors always puts a smile on my face as they produce one of my favorite cars… the Continental GT. This time it was to document a visit from a few Italian Automotive Journalists and their tour around the Crewe based factory. Although the factory doesn’t run to full capacity on Fridays there were still plenty of activity in certain areas. Starting off at the factory we were taken around by our host through the history and early cars which they still use and ship around the world for events and rallies. (Factory tours are exclusively …

‘The Collectors’ – Classic Cars Magazine

With just over half of the Hughes collection to shoot there was still enough to feast your eyes upon with 9, covered, stored vehicles ranging from the 1940s through to the 90s. Using the words from the article (credit – Ben Field) John Hughes …”left that morning as an owner but came back a collector”. This shoot for Classic Car mag was to capture images for the next installment of ‘The Collectors’ editorial. Looking at those with a passion to find and collect cars with real intent and purpose. John Hughes is no different. With the help of is two …

911 Restoration – Leeds Porsche Centre

This was at the time the closest automotive magazine shoot that I’ve had… only a 20min drive … happy days. Shot for Classic Car magazine the 911 Turbo won ‘Best Mechanical Restoration’ and was only a few points of being the overall winner. If I were to shoot in a garage I’m more used to the smaller shops or mostly private garages. The Porsche Centre Leeds certainly was on another level altogether. Clean, organised and the whole place spoke ‘efficiency’. The first port of call was to get the main DPS (Double Page Spread) shot sorted as that was the …

American Car Mag – Aprils Cover shoot

Well 2nd cover of the year for American Car…  This was the closest car shot for ACM to date…(although there maybe one closer coming up ; ) Location as ever for ACM I look for the factory’s, mills, derelict buildings etc etc. This one took a little time to find but worked out in the end. As we arrived to shoot the car the land owners had placed a large railway sleeper over the entrance to the track … not good. We started to shoot the car on another background which would have been okay but was really only good …