Spotted: classic cars on the road

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Mario Laguna
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Martin Buckley seems to like XJ-Ss and the kind other people often don't (see blogs)

A 1983 XJ-S in white satin and appropriate Luxembourg registration too (September 2011)

Nuno Granja
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Mario,

As usually i agree with Martin  Buckley.

I love XJ-S/JXSs and the Linx Eventer series is almost on the top of my dream garage list.

I recognise  the E.-Type pedigree but as in almost everything i prefer less obvious options so i prefer the XJ-S/JXS and the second Jaguar in my list is the XJC.

A pic of a XJs V12 spotted 3 years ago on his natural habitat, parked in a urban driveway at the "beaux quartiers" of Paris.

(i love this colour)

 

nuno granja

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From the  archives of classics spooted on the streets during last months,

At Oportoan Opel in a very good condition...

 

 

 

 

And a Mini, clearly teh owner is  Union Jack Fan

 

 

Now is Lisbon another Mini in good condition but from a more discret owner...

 

 

 

And a Ford Capri MK1 1600GT , this time in not so good condition,

 

 

 

nuno granja

mattiej
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Bl**dy hell Nuno! If I ever need reference photographs for artwork,.. I'm coming to you mate!  Do you always walk around with the camera just on the off chance you'll see something interesting?

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Yep they are fantastic, I agree.

Nuno Granja
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mattiej and GBt.

Thanks for your kind words about my photos.

A liittle bit off-topic, but about spotting classics anyway,

I'm not a  professional photografer but  a graphic designer and sometimes I work close to them, as in this location, where I  spott the photografer  doing his work for me. My Audy Coupé daily driver could be seen beyond the mobile-home who is the main subject of the photos...

 

Of course, due to a photoshop miracle, the Audi did not show-up  in the final image used on advertising, ,

 

Anyway I'm a petrol head since i was a young kid and know all the interisting cars (from my point of view) from my town. In the late years i realise that so many cars have desapear and only get pics in my mind, so I started to shot "anyting who moves". The digital camera helps a lot top keep costs down,  I use a very basic Sony digiital camera with Zeiss lens, and carry it almost everywhere, as I never know when I gona spott Lotus Esprit, a very very rare car in Portugal,

A cargo with american classics during the night in the midle of nowhere,

A piece of the "La Dolce Vita"  on the mirror of my Scirocco,

A pair of Ferrari head covers sitting in a frogeye bonnet,

 

Or meet an film crew on location shotting an advert for a new Scirocco,

For small jobs on a very small budjet, as the adverts for the VW AR CLUBE PORTUGAL, the VW aircooled classic club in Portugal, I take myself the photos in some sort  of  "low cost" session,

The best portuguese VW Type 2 Split Screen Samba (1959 model year) arriving on location (the Scirocco is mine)

The  photo, taken on the street at the midle of the day, as there are no budget to rent a studio

The same photo after photoshop treatment,

And the final avert published in a  portuguese classic car magazine, the main tiitle is " Preserving, Promoting & Driving"

Other photos I take.

Inspired in the article as "Our Cars" at the CSC, and similar articles on other magazines i started a monthly Running Report about driving my cars every day at the biggest portuguese classic car webforum. It takes some time and work but is now on the 20st month and is a very popular topic there.

Every month I present a diferent cover, with the (almost) same introduction text, "Daily Driving in a  Audi Coupe Gt and two Sciroccs MkII Gti, travelling, fun, maintenance, repairs, carspotting and other vanities who only have  interest to petrol-heads" with a note, "with a little help from the Golf4" (my wife's car)

And some pics taken during the month.

Here in the deep south of portugal very close to Spain, arriving at the my client Hotel during the night,  controlling  a suplier next day, doing a lunch break with another die-hard classic car nuts, daily driver and petrol head, who lives in the area, and doing a  test drive in his Fiat 124 Spider,

(yes i'ts a  Fiat  Dino steering wheel)

Just driving around in Lisbon...

Oporto...

Or crossing the country for business or pleasure,

Doing some DIY,

Or paying someone  to do the job (99.00% of the jobs)

 

Going to the montlhy meeting of the webforum,

Visiting others members garages, (the Fiat 128 saloon  is a  Rally version)

Or just go surfing in the end of the day,

 

Hope you both get an ideia about the car photographs i shoot, and is  better stop here because as someone who works on the  advertising business, I will never stop talking...

 

nuno g

Mario Laguna
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Wonderful (and abundant) photos, Nuno

Mercedes-Benz SL, August 2009

Morgan, March 2010

Early morning start for young family and Citroën Mehari, September 2011. All photos in central Luxembourg

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Wonderful photos chaps yet again,Nuno so very interesting the film stuff.

Mario a cousin of mine lives and works in Luxembourg, and whilst it may not be a modern classic, as especially Chrysler have brought out a clone range of also Fiat based cars-the Ipsolon, a weird version of the fiat twin air Fiat 500 with 4 doors squeezed in, however I quite like the Brava based Lancia Delta, which replaced my cousin's Lancia Dedra.

-we dont get them here since the Beta rust business, so we have some Chrysler clones to look forward to on our roads-me I think I'd just buy a Grande Punto, like one a friend in my sailing club swears by, if I were into that sort of supermini.

I have only owned 3 Fiats in over 40 years of driving, and so 3 Italian cars-although I have too Latin bikes now.

a 600 I donated a down at heal(on its last legs)Moggie Minor as a straight swap for,-a 127 Sport with Radbourne Abarth bits, which got sprinted and on one occassion went around Brands Hatch Indy Circuit, but the instant oversteer at Graham Hill bend(the Kidney) and a severe shuddering en route back home also revealed it was rust ridden behind all the inner panels-it had cost me £90, so I got my money back on the engine, alloy wheels and used the Corbeau GT seats to sit outside my caravan.

Before that when my Dad'ds health deteriorated, I left my sea travels(did go back for a while later) I bought  the second of his Fiat 2300s-best sounding engine of any car I have been in, and very fast too, at least back in the day. The first one he had was the first car I was officially let lose in on public roads,unaccompanied after passing my test in Mum's HB Viva 90 that with rather feeble retro dealer fitted Brabham Kit.So the Fiat was great for Jag and BeeM baiting.

mattiej
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Nice work there Nuno - I do the same job as you. I love the VW van image mate but I think it would've been cooler if you'd removed the buildings from the side windows! :)

Nuno Granja
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mattiej

Thank you for the cumpliment.

About the photshop work on the SpliScreen Samba for the VW Ar Clube campaign, as  a small budjet project the client make a close survei of the process and at that point said thats is enough and the image is ok. The advert cames on a national campaign and nobody notice that (at least we have no complains), but of course a trained professional eye will spott that as you do.

 

The other two photos of a classic taken on the street and used in the same campaign after some photshop work...

Advert "promoting", the model is one of the best (if not the best ) portuguse VW Type 1 ragtop, with a power NOS upgrade....

 

 

 

 

Advert "Preserving", with  the same "model"

 

 

 

 

 

Details about that NOS power upgrade...

 

 

nuno granja