Seafair season is officially upon us (I think my favorite time of the year, possibly edging out even Christmas) as the Greenwood neighborhood opens their doors and closes their streets for the city’s largest car show. Per usual, there are always a few interesting cars that I wouldn’t consider “hot rods” in the traditional sense and the show seems to get a little more diverse every year. Props to the local Mini Cooper club for showing up in force this year! Also, once of the nicest DeLoreans I’ve ever seen, with just the right amount of Back to The Future kitsch.
I like big trucks and I cannot lie… which is why so many of my photos this year feature giant lifted trucks, but there are also stunning Italian cars, trick Japanese rides and immaculate hot rods in the mix. The largest gathering of small businesses in the US was even bigger this year – I heard 160,000+ attendees, up from 135,000 in 2013 – an encouraging trend for our economy, for small businesses and for the auto aftermarket. As always the amount of time, money, creativity and skill on display at the SEMA show boggle the mind.
If you are hoping for accurate, realistic photographs of the products and projects at SEMA move along elsewhere because this show and it’s over-the-top, bigger-than-life, can’t-believe-they-pulled-that-off custom cars are my excuse to be as seizure-inducingly aggressive with the photos as I care to be. Nothing about this event is subdued and I take all kinds of liberties with the images to highlight the parts I find interesting and stylize them to my whim. One of my Lightroom presets is literally named “CSI Miami”. Now that I have set your expectations correctly, you are clear to proceed:
My second year and another incredible week in Las Vegas. I’m amazed at how creative and innovative these car builders are, and at the resources – time, money, aluminum milling machines – they have at their disposal. To save you the trouble this time, I put my favorite shots first, so the first 4 pages of the gallery are filled with those.
Photos from Day 3 of a 4-day roadtrip weekend with David and Tyler and the 3rd day of Lewiston Idaho’s 2012 Hot August Nights weekend, this is the Show & Shine along Main St on Saturday morning. Amazing hot rods, clever rat rods, beautiful classics and Lewiston hospitality!
A Hot August Nights tradition that worked something like a nighttime parade, but with more engine revving and tire smoke. Some of the best (and loudest) cars from Saturday’s event showing off the night before on the crowd-lined streets of downtown Lewiston.
More insanely custom rides, meticulous detailing, original machine work, and incredible cars than I’ve ever seen in one place. There are over 1300 photos because I saw so many things that I wanted to remember, but if you’re just looking for a quick review, click here for my top 40 favorites.
Christie accompanied me to the annual Greenwood show today, wherein 15 blocks of Greenwood Ave are closed and lined with amazing classic cars of all types in one of the biggest public car shows I’ve ever been to (700+ cars this year). We wore ourselves out looking at pristine restorations, highly-creative custom work and a few really strange cars that made us wonder what the owners were thinking. Quality-wise, I think this is the best show in Seattle and this is the second year in a row I have been amazed at the number of truly excellent project cars that come out of the Western Washington woodwork to park on a tree-lined street among the kettle corn booths and beer gardens to help kick off the first weekend of Seafair.