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I took my favorite medium format camera to Autorama and spent nearly four hours ogling the forms and colors of all of the hot rods and rat rods there on the show floor. The Waterford Hills Racing folks brought out a bunch of cars for their yearly Autorama booth, and this Big Healey was my favorite car of the bunch. Photo shot with a Mamiya C220 TLR and an 80mm f/2.8 lens on Kodak Portra 400.

Is there anything more classic than a MG TC Midget? I don’t think so. This beautiful example bears the proud badges of past events and club memberships, and the windshield is in the correct position — down. Photo shot with a Mamiya C220 with an 80mm f/2.8 lens on Kodak Portra 400.

At the last Cars and Coffee type gathering at the Walter P. Chrysler Museum right before it permanently closed, I swung by with a Bronica in my bag and wandered the lot taking some pictures. Then I put the camera on a shelf and forgot about that roll of film for over a year. When I finally developed the film, the colors had shifted as a result of heat and time. I like the look — I think it looks appropriately aged, as if I had shot the frame decades ago. In the frame, we have a modern day GTI sitting next to an old Big Healey. Photo taken with a Bronica 645 ETR on what I think was Kodak Ektar 100 film.

I was tasked with shooting the pictures for the trophies at a rallycross at Bundy Hill. On this day, the weather was warm and there was no snow cover, and as the day dragged on, the course became half big bumps and half deep ruts, wreaking havoc on the cars. Here we have a Miata trying its best to do wheelies up the hill. Photo taken with a Nikon D7200 and a 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 lens.

I attended the new SCCA Time Trials event at Gingerman Raceway, and brought along my camera to shoot event photos for the Detroit Region SCCA. Here’s a car you don’t see on the track every day: the car is a well known F Modified autocross car in the Midwest autocross circles, and I thought it was awesome that it was taking competitive laps out on Gingerman. Photo shot with a Nikon D7200 and a 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 lens.

I attended the new SCCA Time Trials event at Gingerman Raceway, and brought along my camera to shoot event photos for the Detroit Region SCCA. On day 2, the day of the timed sessions, I rushed out to Spectator Hill to shoot cars as the last traces of the golden hour faded away. Group 1 was the lucky group to get track shots immediately after sunrise. Here, Jim takes his Ferrari 458 Italia out for timed laps, with a transponder zip-tied to the prancing horse badge. Photo shot with a Nikon D7200 and a 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 lens.

I went to a Cars and Coffee event at M1 Concourse and brought along my Morgan, a friend visiting from out of town, and my beloved Mamiya C220 TLR camera. I shot this picture late in the morning, stepping in front of the Unimog as the driver got in and started the machine, preparing to leave the show. Fortunately, he had the patience to wait for me to take the shot, rather than driving over me as would be extremely easy to do so in something with such massive ground clearance. I kind of like the unintentional lens flare in the shot. Picture shot with a Mamiya C220 and an 80mm f/2.8 lens with Kodak Portra 400.

Every year, the Henry Ford does an exhibit where they pop the hoods open of many of the cars in the museum exhibits. I brought along my TLR and shot some pictures of the most interesting engine bays on display. The Henry Ford has one of the six Bugatti Royales, and the hood is open to allow us plebs the opportunity to gaze upon the massive engine of one of the rarest cars in the world. Picture shot with a Mamiya C220 TLR and an 80mm f/2.8 lens on Fujifilm Provia 100.

I took my favorite medium format camera to Autorama and spent nearly four hours ogling the forms and colors of all of the hot rods and rat rods there on the show floor. I really liked the etched details in the headlight lens of the early V8 Ford hot rod, one of the Great 8 finalists, highlighted with LEDs around the perimeter of the headlamp. Also, with its shiny black paint, you can see its Oldsmobile hot rod neighbor, another Great 8 finalist, in the reflection. (And if you look closely, you can see me too.) Photo shot with a Mamiya C220 TLR and an 80mm f/2.8 lens on Kodak Portra 400.