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Getting very close to classic cars

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Of the photos I took last week at the Mecum Spring Classic, I like these best. I do love to move in close with my camera to find interesting details.

1970 Plymouth Road Runner f

1970 Plymouth Road Runner. I’ve seen dozens of Road Runners at various Mecums, but had never looked at the steering wheel hub before.

1919 Ford Model T f

1919 Ford Model T. These are the pedals of a Model T, which drives differently from any other car you’ve ever seen. The pedals are C for clutch, R for reverse, and B for brake – go here to learn more about it.

1963 Chevrolet Corvette c

1963 Chevrolet Corvette. I find myself going to the same details over and over. Tail lights are a frequent subject.

1958 Plymouth Fury d

1958 Plymouth Fury. I took more photos of rooflines this year than before, however. I like this simple curve.

1961 Ford Galaxie Starliner i

1961 Ford Galaxie Starliner. I think this similar curve works better on this car.

1968 Dodge Charger RT e

1968 Dodge Charger RT. This has become almost an obligatory photo as I take it every year. I never tire of this car’s ultra-wide C pillar.

1968 Chevrolet El Camino b

1968 Chevrolet El Camino. This was among the first photos I took during my visit, while the day was still new and the light was still a little golden.

1967 Chevrolet Impala SS 2 d

1967 Chevrolet Impala SS. Cars are stored all over the Indiana State Fairgrounds, and lighting conditions vary widely. This room offers particularly challenging light, except near the windows.

1957 Pontiac Safari g

1957 Pontiac Star Chief Safari. Sometimes a dramatic angle, shot casually, really works.

1957 Ford Ranch Wagon c

1957 Ford Ranch Wagon. More early-morning sunshine across this car’s wide flank.

1955 Ford Sunliner d

1955 Ford Sunliner. I like headlights. Ooh, look, my legs make a cameo appearance in this car’s bumper.

1954 Buick Skylark convertible e

1954 Buick Skylark convertible. The trunklid was up, and at just the right angle I was able to make the letters line up with the hood way at the other end of the car.

1953 Buick Skylark convertible b

1953 Buick Skylark convertible. A riff on a fat-toothed chrome grille.

1951 Chevrolet station wagon a

1951 Chevrolet station wagon. Ok, so this shot isn’t all that close. But I like the light falling on this car’s nose, and I’ve grown partial to this face.

1948 Oldsmobile Futuramic b

1948 Oldsmobile. Another headlight. Its simple lines are appealing, and repeat in the tiny turn signal light below it.

1937 Ford g

1937 Ford. I spent a lot of time admiring this car, which was probably my second favorite of the day. I’ll share my first favorite tomorrow.

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