The time finally came when the Snot Rocket lost it’s propulsion system. I suppose it’s going to happen with any drag car; a thrown piston, a wreck or SOMETHING will cause a catastrophic failure and a new engine will be needed to get the vehicle down the road again. This time it was some bent push rods and an offset valve or two (I think). Regardless of the problems, the 350 V8 is toast and a big block Chevy engine is the new hotness.
I rode the motorcycle to Clyde two weeks ago with every intention of taking photos of Bernie and Jason while they worked at this new engine. Of course something comes up and I spent hours toiling away at my motorcycle and didn’t make it out to the shop. Well, last week I was at Kustom Persuasion working on my hunk-of-junk El Camino and I managed to snag some photos of the two mad scientists still hard at work on that big block. Bernie takes care of the big block Chevy engine that will be replacing the 350 and Jason was working on the interior of Snot Rocket while also tending to my needs when I needed the help. This El Camino is turning into it’s own saga but I don’t really want to get into that. Instead, just peep some photos of Bernie and J-Money. I can honestly say I miss taking photos at the shop. Every angle is a challenge and the lighting is always absolute shit. That means more time in post-production but it’s always worth it as their beautiful mugs are sure to light up your day. Check em out below!Continue reading
In the waning weeks of summer 2017 I managed to make it to the racetrack to watch Jason and Bernie send Snot Rocket down the track a couple times. Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, OH has “Test ‘n Tune” nights and we all just managed to squeeze in this last night of glory. Jason managed to lay down a personal best for the car and it didn’t blow up or fall apart. It was loud, fast and a completely good time. I’m looking forward to watching him fly down the track again this year.
I realized the other day that I never finished editing photos from the 2017 Autumn Cruise held in Upper Sandusky, OH on September 23. Honestly, it was hot as Hell and I just didn’t want to remember that day. Nancy and I rode there form Cleveland, got sunburnt, walked for maybe an hour or two and then bailed. We ate some food (it was tasty), stuck to the shadows and I shot 54 photos—many of those being alternate angles of shots I post here. It was a beautiful day for the show, just not the best day for the show. Overall too hot and sunny to be standing under a clear sky on concrete. Regardless, we showed up, saw some cool shit and here is the proof.
As I was editing photos for a buddy this past weekend I came across a shot that I never edited. After some quick adjustments this is what I ended up with. Dark and moody with a nice color pop and some light just peaking through on the scaffolding. I dig it.
Nancy and I went to the Progressive Motorcycle Show in Cleveland last year and I grabbed this wonderful book from the Indian display while wandering around. I’ve never really wanted a modern Indian motorcycle but this design was too good to leave sitting there. Tons of good imagery, bold typography (grungy sans-serif with an old-school script FTW!) all wrapped in a simple layout. That’s my kind of promotional piece. Check it out!
I finally got around to taking some photos of the Sportster with the new paint scheme a few weeks ago. I know, I know… it’s only taken me about 4 months now. Whatever. It was worth the wait. I got lucky with some decent weather and a few good locations. Not the easiest task in the small town of Clyde but it came through in the end. I also managed to snap a set at an abandoned gas station on Rt. 20 on my way from Cleveland to Clyde. Very cool spot but most of the photos didn’t turn out so well this time. Maybe I’ll stop again when the sun is setting for another chance. Check ’em all out and if you see me out and about then give me a holler.
This July 4th holiday weekend was supposed to be spent on the motorcycle and at the drag races but the weather has made that a non-starter. The drags are dry but it’s wet where I am so that was a no-go. Hopefully the rest of the weekend is a little drier and I get on the bike a bunch. As a consolation I offer these photos from the 2016 Autumn Cruise to the weather gods. Give em a peek and see some pretty stuff. This is the last round of photos so take them in and look ahead to possibly seeing more from later this year.