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2015 Pirelli World Challenge at Mid-Ohio: A Walk Through the Paddock

And now for something just a wee bit different...

This past Friday I spent the day at Mid-Ohio during the Pirelli World Challenge event with an assignment: No photographing cars on track. Shoot in the pits and paddock only. I wanted to try to tell a story of preparation; of what goes on when the cars aren't on track. I enjoyed walking the paddock throughout the day. I hope that you like what I've come up with.



2015 Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix


These are photos from the 32nd annual PVGP event at Schenley Park in Pittsburgh. Put on annually as a fundraiser by the Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Association Foundation for the benefit of the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and the Allegheny Valley School, this event draws crowds and cars to the area like no other.

This was my first year covering this event, and I have to say.... wow. Absolutely amazing. The crowds were on par with Le Mans or Sebring, with a very laid back attitude. The Concours d'Elegance alone would've taken a week to go through at the pace that I'd want (the event takes place on a golf course), and that's not even taking into account the paddock and the course itself (oh yeah, there's a race here, too!).

I would heartily reccommend for any car buff to put this one on the schedule. I'm so glad I could start to check it off of my bucket list, and I'm looking forward to continuing to cross it off in the years to come.


2015 Mid-Ohio Vintage Grand Prix

Okay, I admit it: I've been lax in the"auto" portion of the "auto-haus" dichotomy. Well, that ends today. These are photos from the Sauturday sessions of the 2015 Mid-Ohio Vintage GP. Put on by the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association, this series makes an annual stop at the road course in Lexington, and I felt it was time to cover it.

The good news was the cars were beautiful, as expected. The bad news was that it was raining for most of the day (also expected). Still, it felt good to be amongst the racing family again. Too long.

I hope you enjoy the result of the day. I'm looking forward to getting back, hopefully in drier conditions.



Rosavelt, Music Box Supper Club 2015


This time around the guys (Chris Allen, Kevin Grasha, Fred Perez-Stable, Tom Prebish, and Al Moss) played at Music Box Supper Club in the Flats. A very nice space (architectural crossover: I'm told it was designed by AODK Architecture in Lakewood), the mood (and lighting) lent itself to high contrast black & white.

I asked Chris before the show what kind of shots he'd like to see. He suggested details and portrait / head shots, something they might use on an album. I thought the lighting was well-suited to that sort of setup. I hope you agree.

Looking forward to catching them again the next time they're in town.


2015 Cleveland Auto Show

So, here's the thing: I haven't shot many cars lately. It's time to change that.

These are shots from the 2015 Cleveland Auto Show at the IX Center in Cleveland. Put on annually by the Greater Cleveland Atomobile Dealer's Association, it's an opportunity for automotive manufacturers and their dealer networks to connect with the buying public, and perhaps show off a little.

For this year's event, the role of "showing off" was taken by the all-new 2016 Ford GT; continuing the line begun by the legendary GT-40 of the 1960s. Designed specifically to beat Ferrari at Le Mans, the original car was more than up to the challenge, winning in 1966 and for the next three years after. This car was designed to continue that legacy. Likewise, it is intended to return to Le Mans this summer with Chip Ganassi Racing.

For me, it was the highlight of an enjoyable afternoon and a welcome break from the cold of winter.