Old, crusty Jeeps are cool. Old, race-prepped motorcycles are cool. Using an old 52-yr old Jeep Commando to tow your 25-yr old Ducati M900 to the race track is off-the-charts awesome. Alex Earle is the owner of both this nicely patinaed Jeep Commando as well as this customized Ducati, and despite the vast differences between both machines, they also compliment each other perfectly. Built out of simplistic functionality, both vehicles provide joy to Alex, and isn’t that what it’s all about?
Given how far technology has come over the last 30, 40, 50 years, it’s a wonder why anyone still enjoys old stuff anymore. With modern safety and fuel economy standards, old cars are obsolete. With 20-megapixel cameras that offer nearly professional quality images built into our phones, you can’t even give film cameras away. And yet, combining old cars with analog cameras is still an enjoyable endeavor. Vintage racing is as popular as ever and the competition is getting more diverse as more people find ways to use their old race cars instead of letting them collect dust in the back corner of their shed. Similarly, in a day and age where we share everything we’re doing in real-time on social media, shooting photos on a film camera is a perfect way to slow down, allow yourself to absorb the moment, and share it later in a more personalized setting. And maybe that’s why Trevor Yale Ryan is lending his considerable photographic talents to shooting vintage TransAm racing at Laguna Seca on 35mm film to re-absorb himself into the moment and into the process. The results are breathtaking. Take a look over at Speedhunters.
The folks at Hagerty’s Classic Cars UK put together a brilliant remake of the chase scene from The Italian Job! In addition to three beautiful classic Minis, it also features a gorgeous Alfa Romeo Giulia Super and some fantastic stunt driving around the beautiful grounds of Stowe Castle in England. Give it a watch!
Perhaps the most beautiful car show on the planet, the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este on the shore of Lake Como in Italy did not disappoint this year. It seems like every year, without fail, the Concorso brings out Europe’s most elegant and captivating cars, many of which rarely leave their palatial homes to be thrust into the spotlight. This year’s winner, a gorgeous 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B, arrived dripping with provenance, having already won at 2018’s Pebble Beach Concours, as well as the Chantilly Concours last year. It’s an utterly beautiful car, no doubt, but it’s almost a shame it overshadowed so many other stunning cars at the event this year. To see a majority of the special cars in attendance from this past weekend’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, check out the awesome gallery from Classic Driver.
The famous Baja 1000 race is historically gruelling, not just for the participants but also for fans. It’s hot, dusty, and dry, and most of the places where you can see the action are incredibly difficult to get to since often the only road is the one that’s being raced on. As a spectator, it’s one thing to just make a fun weekend of it, setting up camp somewhere cool near part of the route and staying put for the weekend as the field of vehicles passes by. It’s entirely different if your job is to see and photograph as much of the race as you can. In that case, the best way to do it is by air. And if you happen to be a world-class photographer like Larry Chen, you can usually get access to a helicopter. So here’s what it’s like to shoot the Baja 1000 from a helicopter…