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Tunnel Run London April 2012

Tunnel Runs have become popular with different groups of car guys in London. The idea being that you go through as many as possible to hear the roar of your engine as you pass through the tunnel. We set out for a Tunnel Run following the Chelsea cruise at the end of April. Unfortunately the weather was not kind and only a few hardy Hot Rods and Customs turned up, add to that many of the tunnels were closed and there were roadworks everywhere. Despite all of this we still had fun. Here is a short film of the journey. Available in 1080p through YouTube.

The Desert Rat – Custom Car June 2011

Now that Custom Car has moved on to the next issue I can share some more shots from last months feature on Pat Healy’s Desert Rat. I’ve admired this car for a long time so it was great to be able to shoot it with it’s new paint job. Miranda Barrie was the model, this was shot on the same day as the Two Lane Blacktop 55 feature from a few months back. Full set on flickr here.

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Passenger 57 – Nefarious Pinstriping

Had a visit from Nefarious (Simon) today - www.pinstriping.co.uk who did a great job. I wanted to incorporate the hood bird from a 55 Chevy into the design as the 57 is the only Tri Chevy without a bird. It also fits with the Passenger 57 name of the car.

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Woo Hoo. I’ve always wanted a Tri-Chevy and finally I’ve got one! I met up with Wayne and Lee at Wheels Day who have just imported this ’57 Four Door Sedan 210 and checked it over. The deal was done and now it’s with Wayne to get it ready to MOT and register. Can’t wait to get behind the wheel.

Plans are a few mechanical upgrades to the suspension and steering, seatbelts and some custom cosmetic touches.

Life’s a Gas

Back in September I had a call from Mike Pye at Custom Car, “How do you like 55 Chevys?”. I have always liked Tri-Chevys and jumped at the chance to shoot one. “How do you like Gassers?” was his next question, I could think of a few 55 Gassers and my mind was racing as to which one it might be. “How would you like to shoot a whole group of 55 Gassers!”, well that was it, what a chance for a shoot. I was straight on the phone to Tim Bowman at the Gasser Cave, the only place in the UK that could orchestrate such an event and we arrange to shoot within a couple of weeks before the winter set in.

Before the shoot came around I started to plan how I wanted to shoot the cars. I put together some sketches for group shots and a check list for each car. I fired these over to Mike so he could see if these ideas matched his and we were set.

Custom Car February 2010 Sketch

Before the shoot came around I had been contacted by a model called Knoxville Roxie about shooting with some old cars so it seemed an ideal opportunity to kill two birds with one stone and get her along to the shoot. 10th October rolled around and we set off into deepest Surrey for the Gasser Cave. Just when I was starting to wonder if my sat nav was loosing he plot, we caught sight of Kevin Irvine’s yellow 55 pulled over and checking his map. We let him pull out and followed him through the country lanes for the rest of the route. Nothing like following a Gasser along the road to brighten up your day. After a cup of tea or two we decided to shoot the group shots first so people could leave as their shots were done. All went well apart from breaking my trusty old steps that had seen better days so any high shots were out of the question.

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Next it was time for Kevin’s solo shots. This yellow 55 was raced in the 60s in the US and had been sitting for while when Kevin found it and brought it to the UK.

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Next we shot Lee Painter’s blue 55, this car was put together by Craig Hopkins before the LA Roadster show  where Lee saw it and did the deal to get it back to the UK.

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The final car to shoot was Tim (of the Gasser Cave) Bowman’s own shortened wheelbase 55. Tim put this together himself and it really is a sweet ride with a roaring 327.

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While we were shooting all the cars Knoxville Roxie underwent many outfit changes so we could get some different shots with each and we also shot in the Gasser Cave where other Tri-Chevy’s were undergoing the magic treatment. Roxie also had a few cigarette breaks.

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The shots were dispatched to Custom Car and the news came through that we had the cover, fantastic to see the cool 55s all lined up together. The article ran to another 7 pages inside the magazine.

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See all the shots that were sent to Custom Car in the flickr set here.

Krispy Kreme January 2010

It was great to get out in the car after seeing nothing but snow for almost a month. Always a great crowd down at the Krispy Kreme meet in New Malden on the third Sunday of the month.

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Larger version here

Styling in Photoshop – Camaro

One of the great things about Photoshop is that you can see how things look before spending money doing them for real. I’ve been playing with a shot of my Camaro to see how it would look in a few guises.

Here is the original shot:

1967 Camaro

Lowered and with Foose Nitro wheels:

Pro Touring Camaro

Changed colour to black:

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Bare metal with a smattering of rust due to the exposed metal:

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Nineties style Pro Street pink:

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Larger versions are available in the flickr set.