Hallowed Ground it is for sure. I will never forget the three days I spent on the Salt this summer. And I'm glad that I was able to distill my experience into two stories for the Smokin' Shutdown Hot Rod Yearbook. But since I probably took a couple dozen pictures more, there are still some outtakes left that I'm gonna post on LOWTECH once in a while. Here are some of my favorites.
|(Cover shot of Schaub Metalworks Coupe © Franz Venzin)|
The Berlin, Germany based Hot Rod magazine »Smokin' Shutdown« has been around for a while. 13 years to be exact. Since then, the hot rod publishing world has changed a little bit... new mags showed up, others disappeared. »Smokin' Shutdown« is still going strong which is quite a feat for a printed independent publication in a corporate social media world. Editor and driving force behind the mag is Thom Piston. And for the latest issue, he decided to turn the magazine into a heavy, high quality hardcover book with 248 pages. The result is impressive to say the least. The stories take the reader on a hot rod journey around the world, with stopovers in California, the UK, Switzerland, Germany and even Indonesia. Car features, artist profiles and event coverages make for an entertaining trip. There's some extraordinary eyecandy, too – no cars involved – to spice things up even more. The book's focus is the photography and I feel honored that I was asked to contribute some of my work. You can find a preview here and/or order your copy here. Don't wait for too long since Christmas is right around the corner. And the book is limited to 1000 copies only.
It seems like lately there's no shortage of hot rod and custom related movie clips. You see a lof of great editing, clever camera work and amazing stuff that's being brought to our attention. But only once in a while you discover a true jewel. Just like »The Flying Goose«, a short clip by Frank Glencairn about Swedish-German hot rod builder Gustav Widegren and his Ford Speedster. No fancy tricks, no wild angles, no punk rock. Sometimes it's just about a good story, well told.
If this photo would need a cheesy caption, it would probably say: A night to remember. And it indeed was a night to remember. I was on the way back from a camping trip to Yosemite when I decided to do a stop over in the Orcutt area on the Central Coast of California. My good friend Mark Garza had invited us for a surf session the next day and when we arrived the afternoon before, Mark greeted us with a big smile. It wasn't just that he was so glad to see us but he also had a brilliant idea: How about talking some friends into driving their cars to the beach? Well, this probably doesn't sound too exciting to you. But when I tell you that "cars" implies kustom cars and those kustom cars consist of a 1946 Ford, a 1959 Chevy Wagon and a trio of Mercurys you'll start to get the picture. And if you know that Pismo Beach, which is only a short drive away from Orcutt, happens to be one of last beaches of the West Coast where you can actually drive your car on the beach... Now you know that a kustom photographer's dream came true that night.
This is another photo preview from my book LOWTECH – The California Issue #1. Get your copy here.