Tom arrived at the Concours d"Elegance at 6 AM. When I spoke with him a little bit later on in the morning I could tell he was having fun, almost breathless! Tonight he is already in edit mode. Please enjoy.
Tom included the following in his email with the image below. "I asked the owners of several of my favorite cars if they thought they had a chance for winning Best of Show. Each one insisted they didn’t have a chance and even gave reasons why they would not. Interestingly, one of them said, “That Rolls Royce Silver Ghost has a chance.”. It was over-the-top perfect, just not necessarily my style. . . and in the one below this one shows her driving the car on the tour Thursday (is her passenger hanging on for dear life?).
I appreciate the smaller detail photos. When we shoot a car show together I am more interested in the small details. That is because I don't know my cars the way Tom does, and he really does know a good car. I suspect I could shoot the bigger items in this Concours as the cars are all excellent. But, I still like detail such as in the image below. Dang that is a good shot!
The car below sports the Italian flag indicating its heritage. The chassis is by Alfa Romeo and the coachwork is by Pininfarina. In case you don't recognize Pininfarina (I certainly didn't), Tom provided us with his research. It is an independent car designer in Cambiano, Italy and was founded in 1930. The company designs cars, high-speed trains, buses, trams, yachts, airplanes and more. It works with many different companies around the world, including Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, GM, Maserati, and even emerging markets such as China.
The Testa Rossa Ferrari, a featured marque at this year’s show. There were 12-15 there, of the 34 which were produced. The red “Testarossa” which we saw at Mc Donald’s and followed on the way to Flagstaff was a street car produced in large quanities by Ferrari in the late 90’s….this is the real deal here!
Nuff for tonight! It is past midnight. Tom is still editing with several thousand photos to explore. More blog entries on this event to follow. We hope you survived the storms in Greater Phoenix this evening. Stay cool!