Tag: Mecum Spring Classic
single frame: Turquoise truck
A turquoise GMC truck.
single frame: Hudson grille
1951 Hudson grille.
single frame: Green Chevy
A 1951 Chevrolet.
single frame: Plymouth 8
Detail of a V-8 Plymouth.
single frame: Black Chrysler
A 1938 Chrysler Royal.
Single frame: Airflow
Headlight of a 1935 Chrysler Airflow.
single frame: Parkwood
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood wagon.
Getting close to classic cars
Color. Reflection. Shadow. Tone. Line. Angle. After four annual visits to the Mecum Spring Classic muscle-car auction, I am beginning to get a good feel for these photographic elements when I move in close to the cars. I’ve had some good luck in past years, but this year I feel like I relied less on luck…
Cars I’d only ever seen in pictures, which I now present to you…in pictures
When I was a car-crazy boy, I spent a large amount of my allowance on car magazines and books. My favorite book was the Encyclopedia of American Cars, an exhaustive look at virtually every automobile ever made on these shores. My copy was from the 1980s, but the publisher updated it periodically through the early…
Elements of classic cars
My love of old cars is certainly enough to drive me to the Mecum Spring Classic auction every year, but I also go because it gives me a chance to practice my photography. You can walk right up to the cars, close enough to touch them – though out of respect for the owners, I keep my hands…
Living vicariously through wealthy car collectors
If I could I’d own a house with a twelve-car garage, each bay filled with a classic automobile. I’d drive around all the time in my various cars – posh prewar grand tourers, spry little sports cars, tall-finned and chrome-laden coupes, at least one ginormous 1960s cruisemobile, and a couple old pickup trucks for good…
My favorite cars from the auction
These are the cars I liked best at the Mecum Spring Classic car auction, in no particular order. I’m not sure what struck me about this 1970 Pontiac Catalina. Maybe it’s my irrational love of station wagons. Maybe it’s that this one wears its black paint so well. Maybe it’s the “400” badge on the…