Yellow Lotus

A year ago I visited a car show at LaCenterra, a shopping center in Katy, TX. The outdoor shopping center is full of stores guys go to only because their girl wants to go. If you’re lucky, you might get a bite to eat at one of the restaurants.

However, on this Saturday morning, they had a large car show of mainly late model cars and hot rods. There were plenty of foreign examples that you don’t typically see at the “older” car shows. Many of the cars were of the high dollar type, like this bright yellow beast that caught my eye when I first arrived. This Lotus Evora was an exceptional example of the eye candy to behold that morning.

 

Yellow Lotus by Tim Stanley

Cadillac Ranch

On our trip to Colorado, Alex Santiago and I were killing time driving through north Texas when we were reminded about the Cadillac Ranch, in Amarillo. We were just entering the outskirts of Amarillo and quickly had the new destination on our phone GPS.

I had seen the Cadillac Ranch in movies and videos before, so it was somewhat surreal to actually be there. What I wasn’t prepared for were how the cars are now painted with graffiti and visitors are encouraged to keep the artwork fresh by adding their contribution.

From Wikipedia:

Cadillac Ranch is is a public art installation and sculpture in Amarillo, Texas, USA. It was created in 1974 by Chip Lord, Hudson Marquez and Doug Michels, who were a part of the art group Ant Farm. It consists of what were (when originally installed during 1974) either older running used or junk Cadillac automobiles, representing a number of evolutions of the car line (most notably the birth and death of the defining feature of mid twentieth century Cadillacs: the tailfins) from 1949 to 1963, half-buried nose-first in the ground…  Cadillac Ranch was originally located in a wheat field, but in 1997, the installation was quietly moved by a local contractor to a location two miles (three kilometers) to the west, to a cow pasture along Interstate 40, in order to place it farther from the limits of the growing city.

 

The Cadillac Ranch, by Tim Stanley

 

The Cadillac Ranch, by Tim Stanley

Trucking with Style

I have always liked pickup trucks and after a long time without one, have one today. Maybe it’s the vantage point of sitting higher than most traffic or knowing that I can carry more than most cars, but whatever my fascination about them, I enjoy driving it when I get the chance.

Older trucks, like this classic Chevy, stand out from most cookie-cutter trucks on the road today. Like many older classics, they just ooze coolness, whether it’s cruising down the highway or sitting pretty at a local get-together.

Though my truck is not quite as old or as “cool” as this beauty, I’m happy. But then again, a new paint job, some new rims…

 

Classic chevy pickup. Photo by Tim Stanley

Proud Fairlane at Sunset

Talking with my friend and a super auto photographer, Wayne Brumley, we both agreed on how difficult it can be to get just the photo we want to create at local car shows. With all the people that mill around, hoods and doors open, lawn chairs and more distractions, make taking a nice shot a real challenge.

Almost always, you have to paint someone out, remove a light pole or some other “doctoring” to the image to make it stand out from a regular snapshot. This ’57 Ford Fairlane did not need a lot of clean up, except for a few items in the background that I will not go into. The point is, it looks better than the image straight from the camera. To capture the sunset and the car limited my options on location and angle, so I had to work with what was there.  I just hope it did this beautiful car justice.

 

 

1957 Ford Fairlane at sunset. Photo by Tim Stanley

One Hot Horse

The Ford Mustang has a long been one of the most popular American performance autos.  Take this great platform and add some extra performance enhancements that go past the factory options and you have some serious muscle.

Roush Performance offers parts for the Ford Mustang, among other vehicles, a-la-cart or you can have them build to suit. Either way, you come away with a horse with plenty of attitude and the power to back it up.

You better hang on tight.

 

One Hot Horse. A Roush Mustang. Photoe by Tim Stanley.

Just Rusting Away

Behind Thunderbird Southwest  lies the Bone Yard, a collection of old cars that have been “put out to pasture.”  When my brother and I visited last fall, we found that it stretched out much farther than we had time to check out. With every old classic we did past, we wondered if someone might come along one day and decide to make that car their “project” vehicle. There sure were lots out there to choose from too. This little old Nash Metropolitan just needs a little paint, some new upholstery and away you go. Maybe.

 

Old Edsel

My brother Patrick has been an old car enthusiast for as long as I can remember. His favorite has always been the Edsel and he has owned several over the years and still does. I would sometimes accompany he and our Dad to swap meets, where they were always on the lookout for old car parts they could use or resell. So it was just normal for us to take a day trip to La Grange, TX to visit Thunderbird Southwest for a part to his other car (more on that in a few days). Way out in the back, there are a few fields of various lots of old cars, most in an old and rusted condition, used only for parts. I know Patrick probably had a lump in his throat when he saw this old Edsel that had literally been put out to pasture. Many thanks to the owner, Lance Herrington, for allowing me to take some shots while my brother shopped.

 

An old Edsel that had literally been put out to pasture, sits in a field with other old, antique autos. By Tim Stanley Photography