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.

Monday, February 10, 2014

If the Jetsons Could Drive...

If the "Jetsons" could drive an ol' Porsche, a Porsche Convertible D 1600 Super to be exact, this could have been them...  If you're patient enough, you'll eventually see everyone in town coming out of either Taco Bell or Starbucks to check it out. Well, almost everybody.


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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Announcing "Along For The Ride Image Works"

If  there's one thing that I've always lacked, it's seriousness, like Charlie McCarthy. Well, I've always lacked a lot of things, but seriousness is right up there with the leaders. In fact, my lack of seriousness is so great that it sucks up the oxygen in whatever room I'm in, causing others present to swell up and appear to have increased seriousness with frowns, thereby reducing my own seriousness. If left to its own devices, this phenomenon, could eventually result in my disappearance into a serious-version of the black hole. Well, not really.

Now, in all seriousness, to the point of this post. I started a photo site not long ago called "Along For The Ride Image Works" for my photographic art prints. It's comprised of Automotive related prints that are available for purchase. Please, take the time to stop by and check it out. I'm always adding new images as the days go by.

This is an image I shot of automobilia that was juried into the San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park. The juror selected 60 out of the 200 entries submitted. I'm happy to say, I had two entries accepted, with this one entitled "Not my Circus" receiving an "Honorable Mention."  You can find my photo site by clicking, "Along For The Ride Image Works."



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Sunday, January 26, 2014

One of those days...

I've been sitting here for 15 minutes, fingers poised over the keyboard in hopes that inspiration will fill my sails. No such luck; they hang heavy and slack, mildewed, cobwebbed, a few hairy holes appearing here and there. So, I thought I would post one of my shots for the patina loving V-8 owners out there.


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Saturday, January 18, 2014

When Driving Fatigue Sets In...

I have this gift for being able to tell what people are thinking. And everyone in Starbucks Coffee this afternoon was thinking about Baby Ruth candy bars, oddly enough. Hey, it's no skin off my nose if people want to waste their time thinking about Baby Ruths.

Then on the drive home, I was dozing off sitting at the stop-light, I thought, hummm...what do they know that I don't? 


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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Pig Juices and Ribbons of Smoke...

Car clubs are perceived at times to be ruffians that just want to race around, and are often overlooked for the good they do for a community. The Shafters in Fallbrook, SoCal, do something quite unusual for their local community every New Years Day.


Thursday, January 2, 2014

Screeching Hell on Wheels..."Road Racers"

Movie time... How about the "Road Racers" vintage, 1959. Directed by the godfather of "B" movies, Arthur Swerdloff. Wait a minute before you tune me out, it's worth tracking down just to check out the cool old cars, American '50s V-8 specials.

Monday, December 23, 2013

That Time of Year...

As everyone is running around this time of year, thought I would wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Great New Year! With that, here's how they celebrated in Hollywood back in the forty's. It does seem as though back in those days, there was more time and money available  to decorate the streets....Can you just imagine cruising in the back seat of your parents car, taking in all the lights with wide open eyes.

Enjoy these photos and thanks for staying tuned into the blog! -John

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Position of Importance...

Shuffling along at the last Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Rod event, came across this old gentleman.

I studied the multitude of blackened cracks in the chiseled face of this Pontiac Chief. If only the stories he could tell; the places traveled, the miles logged, the view of time above the V-8 from his patina perch. Most certainly a life well lived and a position of importance on the hood that gave him the ability to be aware of all...



"The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware - joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware."- Henry Miller

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Maserati Hits the Monterey Motorsports Reunion

Maserati Celebrates its 100th Anniversary as Featured Marque
of Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion will celebrate the rich 100-year history of Maserati, one of Italy’s iconic luxury sports car brands...that throughout the century has been deeply rooted in racing. The celebration will be held August 14-17, 2014 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.