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Triumph Rocket III
What an absolute beast!. I came across this bike whilst at a vintage bike show in Aylesford, Kent UK and was immediately struck by the sheer size of the thing. It was sitting in the paddock, its owner having gone to look at all the bikes from yesteryear.

Having done a bit of research I found out it was a Triumph Rocket III, a three cylinder motorcycle made by Triumph Motorcycles Ltd. At 2,294 cc (140.0 cu in) it had the largest displacement engine of any mass production motorcycle, as of September 2004. The name "Rocket III" is derived from the 1968 BSA motorcycle, the Rocket 3, which was also produced as the "Triumph Trident."

The Rocket III Project started in 1998 led by Triumph Product Range Manager Ross Clifford and started with a lot of research – especially in the USA where big cruisers were selling well. The main competitors were the Harley-Davidson Ultraglide and the Honda Goldwing so the initial idea was to develop a 1,600 cc performance cruiser. At the start of the project in-line four and a V6 engine configurations were looked at but the longitudinally mounted triple design led to the design concept code named C15XB Series S1.

Triumph experimented with 'futuristic' styling that included "raygun" mufflers and a large chrome rear mudguard, but consumer focus groups did not like it. The S2 model was a simplified version with a more traditional rear mudguard and several features that were to make it through to the final design. Once again, the feedback from market research was that it was still too radical so the lines were simplified and smoothed out to create the Series S3.

In 2003, the prototype was renamed the 'Rocket', following market research, continuing the heritage of the BSA Rocket 3/Triumph Trident motorcycles. It was unveiled in the USA on 20 August 2003, in San Antonio, Texas. The Rocket's European launch was at the International Motorcycle Show in Milan, Italy on 16 September 2003.

Sold in the UK from the spring of 2004, it was awarded 'Machine of the Year' by Motor Cycle News at the 2004 NEC Motorcycle Show. The Australian launch was in Sydney in August 2004, with 230 deposits taken before any had been shipped into the country.

Handheld 5 exposure hdr -2 to +2 with another couple of brackets created off the -2 shot to control some blown out highlights. pp with acr, photomatix, photoshop, topaz clarity & de-noise. Nikon D700 with 16-35mm f4 at 18mm, f9, exposure 1/50 - 1/800 sec, ISO 200.

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59 Dodge Coronet
I love the front end on this car. Talk about character. The Coronet was marketed by Dodge as a full-size car in the 1950s, initially the division's highest trim line but, starting in 1955, the lowest trim line. This is a fourth generation coronet 1957-1959.

For all you petrol heads Wiki info below:-

The 1957 model year debuted a new D-501, which replaced the D-500 from the year before as the top Coronet. The D-501 received Chrysler's proven 354 cu in (5.8 L) Hemi V8, which were actually left over engines from the 1956 Chrysler 300B production. Camshafts from the 1957 Chrysler 392 cid engines were installed in the 354 V8s. A pair of Carter four barrel carburettors fed the 10.0:1 compression ratio to produce 340 bhp (250 kW). Other changes included the addition of the Torsion-Aire Ride (torsion bar) front suspension[1] and a heavy duty suspension with heavy duty shock absorbers and a heavy duty leaf sprung rear. A 3.73:1 rear axle was standard with the three-speed manual transmission, but automatic cars received a 3.18:1 rear axle. There were 13 optional rear axles available, ranging from 2.92:1 through 6.17:1. The D-501 received 7.60x15 tires on 15x8 inch wheels. Brakes were 12-inch (300 mm) diameter drums. Only 101 D-501s were produced. A padded dash was optional.

The 1958 and 1959 Coronet, Royal, and Custom Royal used a DeSoto Fireflite chassis but had less ornate trim. Power came from the 230 cu in (3.8 L) "Getaway" L-head straight-6 or the 325 cu in (5.3 L) "Red Ram" V8. In 1959 a Silver Challenger model was also offered on the Coronet line. This was a six-cylinder or V-8 model available only in silver paint and only on a two-door body. It came with many extra features at no cost, such as wall-to-wall deep pile carpeting, premium white wall tires and wheel covers, luxury fabrics and upgraded interior and electric windshield wipers. The overall length was increased to 217.4 inches.

Handheld 5 exposure hdr -2 to +2. pp with acr, photomatix, photoshop, topaz clarity & de-noise. Nikon D700 with 16-35mm f4 at 24mm, f6.3, exposure 1/160 - 1/2500 sec, ISO 200.

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55 Caddy
I think this is a 1955 Cadillac Sixty Special in dark green. It would seem that the Sixty Special has been used by Cadillac to denote a special model since the 1938 Harley Earl-Bill Mitchell-designed Series 60 derivative. The Sixty Special name has been synonymous with some of Cadillac's most luxurious vehicles. This exclusivity was reflected in the introduction of the exclusive Sixty Special Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance in 1973, and the Sixty Special Fleetwood Brougham Talisman in 1974.

It had just started raining at the Darling Buds of May Classic Car Show and the cars were at that point where the water was beading but not quite running off all the paintwork and chrome. It gave the car an interesting look you don't always see. As you can see I couldn't resist in turning the background to monochrome. It really seemes to make these old cars shine.

Handheld 5 exposure hdr -2 to +2. pp with acr, photomatix, photoshop, topaz clarity & de-noise. Nikon D700 with 16-35mm f4 @ 25mm, f5.6, exposure 1/200 - 1/3500 sec, ISO 400.

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Chevy Chrome
Another shot from the Darling Buds of May Classic Car show in July 2016. If I'm not mistaken this headlight/sidelight explosion of chrome is from a 1958 Chevrolet Bel Air. Strange to think it was built before I was born and I'm 55!

From Wikipedia: For 1958, Chevrolet models were redesigned longer, lower, and heavier than their 1957 predecessors, and the first ever production Chevrolet big block V8, the 348 cu in (5,700 cc), was now an option. Chevrolet's design for the year fared better than its other GM offerings, and lacked the overabundance of chrome found on Pontiacs, Oldsmobiles, Buicks and Cadillacs. Complementing Chevrolet's front design was a broad grille and quad headlights that helped simulate a 'Baby Cadillac'; the tail received a fan-shaped alcove on both side panels, which housed dual tail lights. Despite being a recession year, consumers made Chevrolet the No. 1 make of automobile (beating Ford, which held the title in 1957) and the Bel Air was at the core of Chevrolet's popularity. With its wide variety of body styles and models, Bel Airs could be optioned with almost every conceivable luxury within the Chevrolet line. The Nomad station wagon name also reappeared in 1958 when the vehicle bowed as the premium four-door Chevrolet station wagon, lacking the unique styling of the 1955-57 Nomads. Most Chevrolet station wagon models had two tail lights housed in abbreviated alcoves, which were made smaller to accommodate the rear gate. A new dash was used.

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Classic Dodge
Some cars stand out from the crowd!

Today's world of relatively drab automobiles all seem to look the same but there was an age when designers imaginations ran riot and their cars mirrored the feel of the era. The rear end on this dodge was something else with its exaggerated tail fins and rocket red tail lights. Think of Flash Gordon, the space race etc and you can see where the inspiration came from. The whole car seemed to hover above the ground as if it didn't have any wheels.

When this car first saw the light of day in the late 50's / early 60's the world was black and white, or that's how I remember it off the tv. It seemed fitting therefore that I give this shot the b&w with a hint of colour treatment.

Having had a look online the Dodge looks like a 1959 Custom Royal Lancer to me although I'm not entirely sure. I trust some of you petrol heads can tell me exactly what it is. Shot at the Darling Buds of May Classic Car show in July 2016.

5exp handheld hdr -2 to +2 with pp in acr, photomatix, photoshop, topaz clarity and denoise. Shot using a Nikon D700 & 16-35 f4 at 22mm, f6.3, ISO 200, exp 1/125 to 1/2000.


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Pink Cadillac
Elvis Presley's Pink Cadillac is probably one of the most iconic, style setting, sung about and copied cars in the world. I assume, (I know, never assume), that this is a copy as the 1954 manufactured Fleetwood Series 60 car is now preserved in the Graceland museum, in Memphis, Tennessee.
I came across this version in a field at the Darling Buds of May Classic Car Show near Pluckley, Kent, UK in the summer of 2013. To my untrained eye it looks the spitting image of the one in the museum.
Elvis bought his pink Cadillac in 1955. It provided transport for him and the Blue Moon Boys, but after the failure of a brake lining, was destroyed in a roadside fire between Hope and Texarkana, Arkansas, on June 5, 1955. He had various other Cadillac’s after but this is the one he’s remembered for.
The front end on this cars is something else with all that gorgeous chrome, grilles headlights and badges. I can only imagine what it is like to drive with all that metal out front.
Handheld 5 exposure hdr -2 to +2. pp with acr, photomatix, photoshop, topaz clarity & de-noise. Nikon D700 with 16-35mm f4 at 22mm, f10, av exposure 1/1000 sec, ISO 400.

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Rolls Royce
Probably the most iconic radiator grille you'll ever see. I came across this pretty little car at the Darling Buds Classic Car Show during the summer of 2013. So called because it’s situated on the farm they used to film the British television comedy drama series The Darling Buds of May’ which starred David Jason and a then unknown young actress called Catherine Zeta Jones, (Michael Douglas’s missus).

My better half’s brother owns a Rolls Royce Silver Wraith and immediately identified the car when I showed it to him. Note: Don’t call a Rolls Royce a ‘Roller’ in front of a RR aficionado; it’s not the done thing! 

The 20/25 as it’s known became the most popular of all pre-war Rolls-Royces and was produced from 1929 to 1935, during which time 3,792 cars were made. It was the successor to the 20HP model; the engine size being increased from 3.1 litres to 3.7 with performance improving accordingly.

As with the 20HP, the 20/25 was warmly received and proved immensely popular, soon more than doubling the sales of the big Phantom II. Detail improvements were made to the 20/25 during its seven year production life, including  the introduction of synchromesh for third and fourth gears, thermostatically controlled radiator grille shutters, a one-shot centralized lubrication system and an electric fuel gauge.

Contemporary road tests commented on the exquisite precision of all the controls, one saying that the car behaved so beautifully that it was difficult to drive badly. Flexibility and braking were outstanding and the chassis proved surprisingly brisk, with 0-50 mph taking approximately 20 seconds.

There are many body variants on the 20/25 chassis, with coach-builders creating individual and unique body styles.

5 exposure handheld  hdr  -2 - +2 with two additional exposures (-3 & +3) created in Adobe Camera Raw. Nikon D700 and 16 - 35 f4 vr @ 16mm. ISO 400, exposure 1/2500 - 1/160 sec at f10. Post processing via photomatix,  & photoshop with topaz clarity and de noise plugins.
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Pontiac
If you were wondering what the car from my previous shot looked like here it is. Having done a bit more digging I now think its a 1950 Pontiac Chieftain Deluxe Convertible Coupe with its straight - 8 cylinder, 4,395 cc  engine. 

In 1949 the Chieftain replaced  the Pontiac Torpedo as Pontiac's smaller and lower priced model. The Chieftain was initially introduced with four models: Sedan, Sedan Coupe, Business Coupe and Deluxe Convertible Coupe.
 
Some of the more interesting optional items available for the first generation Chieftain included a radio with seven vacuum tubes, tissue dispenser, under seat heaters, and a Remington Auto-Home shaver.  The Chieftain came with a gas gauge, ammeter, oil pressure gauge, and a temperature gauge which had marks for 160, 180, and 220 degrees Fahrenheit. 

The straight-8 engine was dubbed the Silver-Streak at Pontiac Division. Powered by the "eight", a Pontiac was promoted as a likeable automotive, with enough power under the hood to get the job done in affordable luxury.

5 exposure handheld  hdr  -2 - +2 with two additional exposures (-3 & +3) created in Adobe Camera Raw. Nikon D700 and 16 - 35 f4VR @ 16mm. ISO 400, exposure 1/60 - 1/500 sec at F13. Post processing via photomatix,  & photoshop with topaz clarity and de noise plugins.
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Reflection
I haven't posted a car shot for an age so here's one of the hundreds I took during the summer months. 

I came across this 1950 Pontiac Straight-8, (you don't get cars with names like that anymore), at a local classic car show and was drawn to the gorgeous interior. I had intended shooing it  through an open window but I couldn't find the owner to let me in. The guys that own these machines generally can't wait to show off their cars which isn't surprising bearing in mind all the love sweat & tears they lavish on them. The translucent glass was kind of interesting so I shot it from outside instead. 

Some of you petrol heads will no doubt be able to tell me what the car in the reflection is....MG Sprite?

5 exposure handheld  hdr  -2 - +2 with three additional exposures (-3 -4 & +3) created in Adobe Camera Raw. Post processing via photomatix,  & photoshop with topaz clarity and de noise plugins.

Nikon D700 and 16 - 35 f4vr @ 29mm. ISO 800, exposure 1/30 - 1/500 sec at f10.
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Cadillac
I asked the bloke sitting in his deck chair next to this 3D work of art how much he wanted for it...well it was up for sale. "£45k but I'll take £42k for it" he calmly replied!

His 1948 Cadillac 62 Series Custom 2 Door Hardtop was one of only two in the country, (UK). It was immaculate inside and out. The pearlescent paint job had a creamy glow to it which I hope I've captured in this shot. The front was covered in acres of gorgeous, bulbous, chrome. I must admit I was tempted to put hand in pocket and stump up the asking price but I only had 20 quid...oh well. Loads of Wiki  info here if you're into specifics http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cadillac_Series_62

5 exp handheld hdr +2  to -2 with pp in acr, photoshop. photomatix, topaz clarity & de-noise.
Shot using a Nikon D700 and 16-35 f4 at 18mm, ISO 400, f10. Exp's 1/250 to 1/5000 sec.

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