Sunday, September 14, 2014

What Were They Thinking?

I have to admit, I've always been fascinated with strange looking things. Thoughts run the gambit from, "What were they thinking, to that's pretty cool."  In this day and age, it seems that people are too sophisticated to try to sell their products with good old visual creativity, while driving along our streets. I kinda' miss that, when I see creations like the following  motoring optic delights. They were so simple, yet told the story of what they were all about...


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Resting on its back...

As I sit in my little postage stamp, in the middle of all this craziness and vastness of SoCal, I occasionally look outside at a fingernail moon, resting on its back. I guess, kinda' daydreaming about the past Carmel-By-The-Sea-Concours, and what a truly enjoyable event it was. Unfortunately, this year I was not able to spend the entire day taking in the sight's of shiny painted rides, so I was only able to garner a few shots of the event to share.  The good thing is, I had a paying photo mission later that day, so all was not lost. New this year was the Mecum Auction display and the Porsche R Gruppe display, and not to be left out, the traditional yearly parade of Trans Am cars rumbling down Ocean Ave.The next event is scheduled for August 11, 2015. If you have a chance to attend, it's one of the best happenings of the entire Monterey Car Week, in this writers opinion.

Monday, August 18, 2014

"The Wing...."

Kipling said, "Teach us delight in simple things." That's what struck home one night at a recent Porsche gathering. While out walking around looking at cars, I spotted a new 911RSR sitting on display in the darkness. I grabbed my camera to catch a hint of dim light resting on the rear wing.

I'm doing a limited edition of 5 called "The Wing" on 11" x 11" Aluminum squares printed with infused dyes, done in eye popping high gloss and including wall hangers. They are signed, and numbered. With a price of  $95.00 each including tax and shipping in the US, don't miss out. If you would like one, please email me at Vintgracer@aol.com.  Don't miss out. (And they won't have a watermark on them). Sold Out...


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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Busted...

Shortly following a brief pursuit, a California Highway Patrol officer points out the new state speed-limit sign to the pint-sized speeder. As it turned out, the slick-haired pedal pilot had a long list of priors, such as driving on the wrong side of the sidewalk, popping wheelies in front of kindergartners, and excessive use of pomade. What were they really doing? Well, they were really posing for a PR shot in 1934 for the CHP and new signs.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Insider's Guide to Monterey 2014...

This must have been the "Revenge of the Google Nerds" on me.

Now you gotta' know I'm no Tech Monkey or Code Geek, wish I was, because if I was, I could figure out why "Feedburner" was no longer sending out my blog post. That's right, all you guys that signed up for blog updates, were not getting them. So, it was time to switch over to another blog mailing service. This is the second going out with that new service, and it's secure. No spamming coming from me, why, because I hate it as much as you. Your email won't go to anyone, because I also hate that. You can still unsubscribe any time you want, although why would you want to? It's a blog about cars, their history, artistry, events, and creative car photography.

Anyway, with August fast approaching, the return of the Monterey Car Week is looming. One of my personal favorites of the week is the "Carmel-By-The-Sea Concours." This show is always a delight to see with new attractions every year. And what better setting can you have, but the main street of Carmel, with an eclectic variety of cars to check out as well as shops for your better half to keep them busy. It's a guaranteed "Smile Buster!" Here are a couple of shots from last years event...



Now on to the guide for the week. If you click on this link to the Calendar of events and scroll down to August 11-17, you'll see a complete list, along with event links. Enjoy... Car Kulture Kalendar

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Pikes Peak 2014 Photo Essay...

Pikes Peak 2014, some may think, just another few weeks on the mountain cars making noise. However, it has a rich history dating back to 1916. I came across this shot from back in the day, and what really got my attention, if you look close, was the photographers grabbing those snaps to be preserved for future generations.

Pike Peak Hill Climb, also know as "The Race to the Clouds." Photographer unknown.
I thought, why not share some of my photographer buddies shots of this years events. In this photo essay, you'll find the images of Dave Liddle and Sean Cridland, both some of the best shooters around. Check out what they came away with and enjoy...

Friday, July 4, 2014

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Car Kulture Kalendar....Update

Hey guys, I've been updating the "Car Kulture Kalendar." You can check it out at this link by clicking Kalendar. If you don't see an event that you're interested in listed, email me here.

In the mean time, here's a shot I call "Caddy Daddy" for you to check out. By the way, I got this one juried into the San Diego County Fair in Del Mar coming up in June along with two other non-car related shots.


While shuffling along at the recent Viva Las Vegas rod event, I rounded a corner and this sweet baby hit me in the face. Grabbed my camera and snapped a Kodak moment.

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Friday, May 9, 2014

An Iconic Image of Our Road...Route 66

I've been off line working on photos for the past couple of months and I hope this post finds you all well. During that time, I came across this story of an image and the iconic road that all of use have read about over and over, Route 66. 
A few years ago Monique and I had the opportunity to retrace that strip of pavement from its start in Chicago to its finish at the Santa Monica Pier in California. Many times since, I've thought, "I gotta' do that again, another road trip." The one thing that sticks with me, is there is no better way to connect to the past Americana that we all think about.
Image by Andreas Feininger of Route 66 in 1947.
Now for the story about this image.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Now What...

Driving around the back country the other day, I spotted this ol' Dodge truck sitting lonesome in a field and thought, "That would make a cool photo." One thing lead to another and there I was clicking away. Suddenly it hit me, there may be some rattle snakes cruising around eyeing me for their mid-day snack. Hummm... That lead to an uncomfortable feeling...well, very uncomfortable. Now what, I asked?

As you can see I made it back, and here's one of the shots I added to my photo site. "The Dodge Brothers." You can find more on, "Along For The Ride Image Works."


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Monday, March 3, 2014

Swerving into the Pigeonhole

As I was cruising the Internet, I swerved into this item that has been making its way around the car blogs. Through a little digging, here's some info you may not have read. The name for it, the "Pigeonhole" parking lot. It's what you do when you want to park bunches of cars in a small space. Interested in how it worked, read on.

Pigeonhole parking in Portland, Oregon. Not so sure I would want to work at the Texaco booth.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Where They Raced by Harry Pallenberg

Met some friends the other day on the edge of night and over a few three fingers of Jack, the subject of ol' racing in Los Angeles became the topic, then one thing lead to the other and I told them about how I had been contacted about a film on just that subject. Here's the plot...back in the day they raced everywhere they could, before population and congestion buried it all.

Eddie Pullen at the wheel.