|iPhone shot - 3 of Bill Elliott's NASCAR cars, including the 1987 Coors T-Bird that won the Daytona 500 in 1987 (R)|
On Friday, as I was trying to decide what camera gear to load into the car before beginning the drive up to our cabin in the North Georgia mountains for the Memorial Day weekend, I debated whether to bring any of my hot shoe strobes, light stands and soft boxes. From experience, I know that during Holiday weekends, there are a bunch of car shows and street rod rallies within easy driving distance and I thought it would be a great opportunity to continue becoming familiar with the hot shoe gear as I also continue to develop my skills shooting autos. Little did I know that fate was knocking on my door.
In the end, I decided to cram the stuff in the back of the spousal unit's Touareg despite knowing that it would take all the room in the rear cargo area. That would leave no room for anything else, but since we have everything we need at the cabin in the way of clothes, etc., we never take much of anything so the space was not needed for luggage or other items. What the heck, said I. I'll take the stuff just in case.
|iPhone shot depicting just a few of the other stock cars inside the GRHOF Museum|
The spousal unit dropped me off at the Museum at noon and gave me until 5:00 p.m. to do my thing. She was content to head into nearby Dahlonega to shop, leaving me ample time to play with the cars.
|Front of Elliott's 1987 Coors Ford Thunderbird|
Before beginning to shoot, I came to grips with the fact that time would only permit me to shoot just so many cars so I had to decide which ones to photograph. I decided on three - Elliott's 1987 Daytona 500 winning Coors T-Bird, his 1992 Budweiser T-Bird, and his 2000 McDonald's Taurus. Because of how Dale Earnhardt's 1990 Daytona 500 Chevy (the year he led most of the race before spinning out on lap 193 with a 40-second lead) is displayed behind fixed barricades, it would just have to wait until another visit to the Museum. The Museum folks told me that next time, if I call ahead, they may just be able to bring the vehicle out from behind it's barricades for me. Aw, yeah.
|Elliott's 1992 Budweiser T-Bird|
|Front and Rear of Elliott's 2000 McDonald's Ford Taurus|
I was actually finished shooting Elliott's cars before 5:00 pm, which gave me time to seek out other possible subjects. An old 1928 black stock car caught my eye and after a few minutes, I was all set up to shoot this bad boy. Then I found a 1957 Chevy, a 1956 Ford, and a Pink Caddy with glorious fins in one of the exhibits. Moving to that room, I finished up my day with the images below, the icing on my photographic cake.
I'm looking forward to a return trip to the museum for more images of some of the cars housed within its walls. But for now, suffice it to say that I'm sooooooo glad I decided to go to the trouble of hauling the lighting equipment up to the cabin. Having a chance to photograph cars like these does not come along every day and I'm tickled to death that I was able to take advantage of the opportunity.