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Classic & Sports Car’s photographers have been brightening the pages of the magazine all year, helping us keep the classic car spirit alive and in full colour, even in lockdown. So let’s celebrate their work as they share their favourite photos of 2020.
Neither Greg MacLeman nor I had ever been to Palm Springs in the Californian desert, and the party town didn’t disappoint.
Coming from the February gloom of Britain, the dazzling colours were achingly beautiful with the low angle of light picking out details in high contrast.
The Cord 810 Beverly was the final shoot in our old studio before we moved out.
The car was driven down from DD Classics’ unit in Brentford and the driver didn’t want to turn it off while we gave it a wash in case it wouldn’t fire up again. It then promptly stalled and, true to his word, wouldn’t restart.
It was a heavy old beast to push up the ramp into the studio, I can tell you, but a fascinating machine to photograph for our October issue.
I picked this image because the amazing Golden Sahara II (from our February 2020 magazine) was such an interesting car and I loved the bespoke light-up tyres recreated by Goodyear – not to mention the opportunity to change the colour of them to match the lighting I chose!
Shooting three lovely old Porkers in early spring sunshine for our April issue… What’s not to like?
I seem to remember that one car gradually began running slightly rough, and the bonnet on one of the others was determined to pop open on one side after shooting every few frames for this simple tracking shot. It took a bit of patience, but we got there.
Mick Walsh’s tendency to get dressed up in period attire really helps to light up the images with a historic racer, such as this Ballot 3/8 LC.
My favourite photographs in the magazine always have his begoggled face in them, transporting me back in time and giving an authentic atmosphere to a shoot. Thanks, Mick!