Custom Car

Steve Brown T’n'A

When Mike Pye rang me about this shoot I knew from the get go it was going to be cool. I had seen pictures of both cars via Buckland Automotives Facebook page and was so chuffed to land the gig. Steve who owns the cars sorted out a location and on a very rare (for 2012) sunny day I headed off to Essex to do the shoot. Thankfully Custom Car loved the shots as much as I did and ran with the feature on the cover, centre spread and a big feature. This gave me a big smile! See more in the flickr set here.

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Langley Gifford’s 32 Ford – Custom Car

Here’s a shoot that I did that recently appeared in Custom Car Magazine. We got up at the crack of dawn one Sunday morning to shoot in a deserted Greenwich.

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Custom Car August 2012 – Martin Ely’s Pickup

Fresh in the shops is the August issue of Custom Car and included is a feature that I shot of Martin Ely’s Willys Pickup. One that didn’t make the cut was my take on a Constable, if Hot Rods had been around this may have been what he was painting.

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Burnham Autos Mercury Pick-up for Custom Car

It was a pleasure to shoot this Mercury pick-up for Custom Car, the workmanship that Paul Burnham and his team have put into it is incredible.

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Custom Car September 2011 – Dave Mace’s Cresta

Custom Car have moved on to the next issue so I can share some more shots from the shoot that was featured last month of Dave Mace’s Pro Street Cresta. This car is as happy running 9.6 at the strip as it is going to Sainsbury’s to get the shopping.

More in the flickr set here.

 

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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Out next week is June’s Custom Car Magazine. Pick it up to see my shoot of Pat Healy’s Desert Rat with model Miranda Barrie.

Custom Car – Hillbilly Deadslead

This was one of four cars that I shot on one day back in 2009 and was featured in the September 2010 issue of Custom Car.

I love some of the details on this car like the bat on the hood which is also a bottle opener.

Check out more shots in the flickr set.

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Custom Car – Apache Pickup

 May 2010 issue of Custom Car featured a shoot I did of this 59 Chevy Apache. Shot down in Guildford in 2009 with Betty Bones and her awesome ink.

Check out more shots in the flickr set.

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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.

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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.