Tag: muscle cars

  • Kodak Plus-X and the Carmel Artomobilia

    Black-and-white photos of old cars from my last roll of lamented, discontinued Kodak Plus-X.

  • Prepped for auctionPentax ME, 50mm f/1.4 SMC PentaxKodak T-Max 4002015

  • Up close and personal with vintage automobiles

    My favorite thing to do at the Mecum Spring Classic vintage-car auction is move in close to the cars’ details with my camera. At the Mecum, you can get close enough to the cars to touch them! (But please don’t; they don’t belong to you.) If I were to see these cars in museums, they’d…

  • If it weren’t for all the disposable income car collectors have, I’d never see old cars like these

    The Mecum Spring Classic vintage car auction comes to the Indiana State Fairgrounds for six days every May, and I always take a day off work to go see the cars. This year, my day was a little disappointing. That’s not to say it was a bad day, just that it wasn’t the pure bliss I’ve experienced in…

  • People watching at the Mecum Spring Classic

    Late in the afternoon it began to rain, hard. I was spent after eight hours on my feet photographing the cars at the 2013 Mecum Spring Classic, but I didn’t want to walk a quarter of a mile in a downpour to get to my car. So I made one more pass through the giant…

  • 1966 Ford Custom 500

    I have always thought this was the coolest tail light ever. Maybe it’s because two were attached to the 1966 Ford Galaxie 500 my dad owned when I was a very small boy. I got to spend a lot of time contemplating them. The neighbor kids’ dads had their Fairlanes and Catalinas and Satellites and…

  • Getting very close to classic cars

    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. I’ve seen dozens of Road Runners at various Mecums, but had never looked at the steering wheel hub before. 1919 Ford…

  • Favorite cars from the 2013 Mecum Spring Classic

    I go to the Mecum auction every May hoping to see cars I’ve never seen in person before, great examples of some cars I’ve known and loved for years, and some rare and unusual cars. I was not disappointed this year. Here are some of my favorites from my day at the auction. 1949 Hudson…

  • It’s classic-car week at Down the Road!

    I almost didn’t make it to this year’s Mecum Spring Classic muscle-car auction. We were in crisis mode at work, cleaning up the mess after a software deployment went wrong. Thursday was to be my day among the cars, but we were still troubleshooting at work, so I put it off. Fortunately, we found the…

  • Auto typography

    Every May I go to the giant Mecum Spring Classic muscle car auction held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. It is one of the top-five most favorite things I do for myself every year. I spend many happy hours there wandering around the old cars, and I take hundreds of photographs. I especially love to move…

  • 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…

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