Better late than never to share this awesome road trip that Theo-Graphics took to both Austin and Dallas to photograph 4 stunning cars for Bonhams Auctioneers. Back in July of 2015 we traveled to two separate collections in Texas, each of which had some marquee models in the car world. First was the 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL – the world famous “Gullwing” supercar, upon which the current Mercedes SLS pays homage. Factory original paint and interior, this car was one of the cleanest examples I’d ever seen. You simply cannot take a bad image of this car!
It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything automotive, but that isn’t to say that I haven’t been shooting! With the wedding season hitting its peak this spring/summer, I had neglected to post any automotive work that I’d finished up. I have a bunch backlogged now, so get ready for lots of automotive content coming in the next few weeks!
First up is a trip to Crave Luxury Auto to cover 8 vehicles that are going to be sold at auction by Mecum. Seeing cars like a 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB is quite a sight, let along seeing two in the same spot! It was a long, extremely hot day of shooting, the only respite being a broken $5 umbrella that I found in my car to shield myself from the unrelenting triple digit heat.
I always have fun shooting with the Young Money Motors team, so I was excited when they reached out to me about a new opportunity they had in New Orleans. They had just recently finished a custom job on a Ferrari F430 for Marcell Dareus of the Buffalo Bills and wanted me to come out and shoot it on location in New Orleans with Felecia, a model that they’d hired. I’m always looking for an excuse to head to New Orleans, so when the date came around, we hit the road!
There was a car show going on the day of the shoot, and we were able to use the location to our advantage. It was in an area of town surrounded by abandoned projects, and the current owner of the property allowed artists to come in and paint on all the surfaces of the remaining buildings. While most of the area was already taken by other cars when we arrived, we found an area underneath a tree with tires hanging from it that worked nicely.
Every now and then some really exciting sessions come along that make you rub your eyes and read the screen again. When I received word from Fee Banks at Young Money Motors that a few vehicles belonging to Trent Williams of the Washington Redskins (a Texas native) needed to be photographed for an upcoming article, I couldn’t wait to hear what they would be. Casually, it was mentioned “It’s the Lamborghini. And the Mercedes. And probably the Rolls. Oh, and I think we’ll bring the Ferrari, too”.
Houston Coffee and Cars has become one of the greatest and largest free car shows in the United States over the past few years, and it is not by accident. Many of us, including myself, have become spoiled by the event. We show up each month assuming that a wide variety of amazing machines, worth tens of millions of dollars together, will be there in full force for us to document and admire. We take for granted that we are able to see cars that most will never see in a lifetime, let alone every first Saturday of the month. With thorough planning and impeccable attention to detail, those who assemble the event ensure that a full roster of amazing machines always turne out to wow the crowd month after month. With its continued growth, it became apparent that Coffee and Cars would have to continuously adapt in order to keep the high standards of quality that had come to be expected from the event.
I thought that the drizzly weather and cloud cover that kept everything dark would make for a bad showing at this month’s Coffee & Cars, but I was wrong. All the beasts came out, filling all the lots to the brim in what was one of the better shows I’ve been to in a while. People have been respecting the rules well in the past few months, but unfortunately the idiot in the video below (not my video) didn’t seem to realize that RWD plus slick, rainy roads is a recipe for disaster. Hopefully it does not further strain the already stressed relations between the event and Vintage Park.
Everything was back to normal this month, with the event being held at the usual location of Vintage Park. Cars were arriving bright and early, nearly filling the lot at 6am! I rode in with some others as a part of Lucas Auto Care’s “Meet, Greet, & Ride” event, which turned out to be a great time. The ride consisted of 2 Mazda RX7’s, a 996 Porsche Carrera, 2 Lamborghini Gallardos and 2 C6 Corvettes. It took a little while for the sun to peak over the East side of the lot, giving me enough ambient light to begin shooting. Shortly down the line I spotted the legendary Ferrari F40, which made a brief appearance before being whisked off. Also there was a gorgeous Porsche 550 Spyder, which looked beautiful under the soft morning light.
We had a great time out at Coffee & Cars this past month! The event was held at Reliant Park in conjunction with the Houston Grand Prix, and it was nice to have a change of venue, if only for one month. I met up with a few other cars at Lucas Auto Care as part of their monthly “Meet, Greet, & Ride” to Coffee & Cars, and took an awesome drive from their shop in Cypress, down 45 through downtown to Reliant Park. I got some footage of the ride on a borrowed GoPro camera, but unfortunately the camera froze about a third of the way into the drive (missing the great sunrise footage at downtown, of course). It was still an incredible ride, and I’m looking forward to taking part in it again next month, when Coffee & Cars will be at Vintage Park again.
Back out to Vintage Park for another great turnout for Coffee and Cars, June 2013! The highlight of this month’s show would have to be Lamborghini Houston’s 2013 Gallardo Super Trofeo Race Car. Stripped down to the bare necessities and fitted with an entirely new aero kit, this thing looks wicked in person. It was only there for a short amount of time before being loaded up onto its trailer and whisked away. Luckily I was able to get some photos of it before that! All the cars began to file out rather early this time, probably due to the horrendous heat that was already creeping up at 9am – showing up early to this amazing event is now a must.