The Details Matter

The Details Matter - Blog

The Details Matter

2016 Amelia Concours D'elegance


It was that time of year to pack the shorts and sunscreen and fly down to Florida with my entourage of car comrades. I get to Logan Airport around 8am where I run into the group at the terminal. We start talking about what we will be seeing at the show and it is clear that everyone is excited and ready to go! Once we boarded, we relaxed. I got myself into focus mode and started going over the details of my trip again. 

Prints and Digital Copies can be found here: Amelia Concours Prints/Digital

SFD_5669-Edit SFD_5635   SFD_5317 Once we landed, it was a 45 minute drive from Jacksonville to Amelia Island. Before going to the condo that we had rented, we stopped at Bonhams to catch the end of the auction. The 1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Sports Tourer sold for an outstanding $9,735,000 as people were reaching for the sky to get their bid in on this spectacular automobile.SFD_3077-Edit SFD_3025 SFD_3043 SFD_3012-EditPaul Wuori and I drove to the Ritz to pick up my press credentials. I wanted to go to every location to pick them up in case I ran into any complications. I would rather deal with any issues before the event. On the back lawn at the Ritz-Carlton, RM Auctions had a display of an array of elegant machinery. They sat on the lawn, taking pride as they were shown off and adorned.SFD_3098  SFD_3413 SFD_3381 SFD_3162 SFD_3391 The next day was going to be the busiest day of the weekend. It started out with Paul signing up at the McLaren booth to drive the McLaren 570S. We hopped in and took them for a spin. Driving Paul’s McLaren MP4-12C, designed by Frank Stephenson, gave me some expectations for the 570s. With a 0-60 time of 3.1 seconds and a top speed of 204, this car comes with a goodie bag fill of thrills for an entry fee of $184,900. Everything else from the carbon package to special paint is up to you. There are two knobs that control the modes on each suspension and acceleration: Normal, Sport, and Track. Normal was perfect for just cruising on the streets accelerating like you are on a jet floating down the runway. The McLaren specialist then told me to switch it to track mode and then tells me “It’s your ticket, not mine, so whatever speed you choose to go is your destiny”. I gave some room between the other car, as no one was behind me and then put the pedal to the floor. The car kicked out a tad and took off like a bat out of hell and shot me to 80 miles per hour in just a few seconds. When I arrived back at the booth there was a smile that would take some elbow grease to switch around.SFD_3404-Edit SFD_3552-Edit  SFD_3561 SFD_4270 SFD_4257Paul and I jumped into the rental car and proceeded to go to the Gooding and Company area to pick up our passes and view the cars going for auction the next day. Jerry Seinfeld’s Porsches were the highlight of this event. I ran into Andrew Newton who works as a writer for Hagerty Insurance. He travels the United States keeping tabs at all of the auctions to see what cars are valued at. We used to work together at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum. It was great to see him.SFD_3254 SFD_3300 SFD_3230 SFD_3317SFD_3303That evening Dupont Registry was throwing a party for clients, and hired me to photograph the event. From gorgeous automobiles and private jets to tasteful food and great people. With the trance music and women pouring champagne hanging upside down from chandeliers, this sure made for a great evening. Before heading back to the condo, I decided to stop onto the show field to see what vehicles were out there for Saturday’s Cars and Coffee event. Chris Brewer and Malcolm Hogan from put on a spectacle of an event! Cars come in from all over and some of the people that have cars for the Concours on Sunday bring an extra one vehicle specifically for this event. There were only 6 BMW GTRs with the M5 V10 motor strapped in made and only 3 left in existence. Here I was able to do a quick light painting with one of them! Security came up to me instantly and started questioning me. They take their job seriously, which is exactly what they should be doing due to the millions these cars are worth. With my persuasion and honesty about what I was trying to accomplish, they let me continue my work.SFD_3626-Edit SFD_3690 SFD_3751-Edit SFD_3787 SFD_3817 SFD_3913-Edit-EditAt around 2:30 on Saturday I made my way over to the ceremony area where Bill Warner was organizing Hans Stuck’s racecars into a formation for a photograph with the honoree of this year’s event. The owners of the vehicles loved this part as Hans told them about each one. A BIG thanks to Nathan Deremer for getting me up on the ladder as the fourth photographer to capture this truly breath taking shot. The shadow from the grandstand was inching its way closer to the cars and I wanted to get in on this shot since seeing it with Stirling Moss last year. Mission accomplished.SFD_4849-Edit-Edit SFD_4802 SFD_4774 SFD_4779 SFD_4825 SFD_4769This year was nonstop and when Sunday arrived I could take it easy. The evening before I gathered some photographs of the cars loading in. This weekend Chris Brewer let me borrow his 14-24mm 2.8 lens. It was a fun lens to play around with and practice some different angles. Great for the interior shots! He even took me for a ride in his turbocharged Datsun 240Z. I was joking about him drifting the rotary near Sliders and he kicked it sideways. We couldn’t stop laughing! What a great friend!CKB_2186SFD_4738 SFD_4735 SFD_4397 SFD_5364 SFD_5027-Edit SFD_4317It had been five years since the last time I visited my grandparents in Sarasota. I decided to rent a car from Jacksonville and drive down to Sarasota. I had to stop at Daytona Speedway because it was right off of the highway. Seemed necessary almost! I snuck my car in front, down a side path to grab a quick photograph. In photography it is never ask for permission until you are caught. Usually when you ask someone the answer is no and you miss out on the opportunity to capture what you were looking for. When I do get questioned, I show them the image I was able to capture and more often than not, they tell me to send it to them.SFD_5682 SFD_5419 SFD_5261 SFD_5108 SFD_5085 SFD_5011-Edit SFD_4912I arrived at my grandparent’s place, noticing that I had not seen one single police officer. At all. On the whole trip. Very different than Massachusetts!SFD_3591-Edit-Edit SFD_4008 SFD_4287 SFD_5107 SFD_5461During my stay with them, I had planned a few car events to attend, like a luncheon at Beckham’s with the Sarasota Café Racers. I wrote a quick email to Martyn Schorr to see if they had anything going on that week, as I knew three people that were part of the club.  What a fabulous turnout with some interesting cars like the Kaiser Darin, Dodge Viper RT/10, and a couple Shelby Cobras.SFD_5830 SFD_5735 SFD_5760 SFD_5759 SFD_5751  SFD_5903 SFD_5770Malcolm Hogan set me up at Heffner Performance where they heavily modify cars to get the most power possible with their turbo systems. Jason Heffner gave me a tour of the facility and when I first stepped in the garage it was like getting the golden ticket at Willy Wonka’s Choclate Factory. Blue, green, pink, and red: the color of the Lamborghinis spread around the shop. And with numbers that would make your jaw hit the floor. Two of them had 2,500HP! I thought 1500HP was insane but the Lamborghini platform really pushes the edge of the envelope.SFD_5717-Edit SFD_5700 SFD_5706-Edit SFD_5699 SFD_5720The next day I drove 2 hours south to Naples, Florida where Chris Brewer set up an appointment for me with Scott George, Vice President of the Revs Institute. The facility is marvelous and the cars that were in there were some of the rarest with race history. I saw a few in there that were at the Amelia Concours, including the 1958 Scarab Sports-Racer that won Best in Sport. Scott was very kind but also very busy. When I arrived, the McLaren F1 was not in the showroom so he had Jim Wood give me a tour of the workshop where they were doing some maintenance on it. It had a custom Sage green paint scheme that Mr. Collier wanted.SFD_5987 SFD_6146 SFD_6102 SFD_5985-Edit SFD_6011-Edit SFD_5997 SFD_6172 SFD_6120 SFD_6024SFD_6194-Edit SFD_6189 SFD_6191After enjoying my time there, I had to head back to Sarasota for dinner. As I was stopped at a traffic light I saw Black Horse Motors across the way and decided to stop in. Boy I am glad I did! Smack dab in the middle of the showroom stood a 1995 Lamborghini Diablo VT Coupe. It wasn’t just an ordinary one to me as it was dark blue with tan interior. This was the first 1:18 model in my collection I have had since I was a kid! When I was young my parents bought me it at a car model place at Disney World for $30 and the real one now is going for $299,900. Kyle Smith who runs Black Horse Motors had me take a few photos of 2 cars in front of his shop.SFD_6212-Edit-Edit SFD_6222-Edit-2 SFD_6237-EditAfter an amazing day, I settled back with my grandparents for the rest of my time in Florida. Before long, I would be back on a plane to Massachusetts to see my very-much-missed wife and dog. The pleasure of the trip was met with the pleasure of seeing both of them and being home.

More Images Next Page

SFD_4923 SFD_5082 SFD_4824 SFD_4525 SFD_4356 SFD_4612 SFD_4602 SFD_4744 SFD_4053 SFD_4251 SFD_4511 SFD_4117 SFD_4276 SFD_4274 SFD_5199 SFD_5202 SFD_5227 SFD_5241 SFD_5273 SFD_5394 SFD_5400 SFD_5505 SFD_6145 SFD_6000 SFD_6018 SFD_6112 SFD_5300 SFD_5135 SFD_5150 SFD_5157-Edit SFD_5065 SFD_4945 SFD_4816-Edit SFD_4830-Edit SFD_4732 SFD_4906 SFD_4717 SFD_4621 SFD_4492 SFD_3598 SFD_3508 SFD_3612 SFD_3348 SFD_3329 SFD_3237 SFD_3176 SFD_3160 SFD_4754 SFD_4819 SFD_4935 SFD_4889 SFD_4951 SFD_4908-Edit SFD_5071 SFD_5108 SFD_5104-Edit SFD_5127 SFD_5089 SFD_5148 SFD_5540-Edit SFD_5495 SFD_6041 SFD_6033