I’m very happy that my first foray back into the show circuit with my new stereo/trunk setup snagged my Z a first place trophy! Despite torrential rains all day it was a good show, and it turns out watching drift events in the rain is quieter, less smoky and kind of nice. Also, there was a beer garden.
Strobe lights, slammed rides, spike heels and tire shine… Hot Import Nights rocked the Tacoma Dome, as close to hot Cali summer nights as it gets in Seattle.
In addition to getting our picture taken with virtual-Flo from the Progressive ads, the custom bikes were really the highlight this year and the focus of my shots. So much attention to detail, so many clever ideas, so much work!
NWMotiv put on a great show and kept the energy high all day, bouncing us between the indoor car show and outdoor drift track and filling what could have been a very long 13-hour day with music, contests and some great rides. It’s been years since a Seattle show was this well-developed, dating back to the Hot Import Nights events circa 2004, so it was really encouraging to see a great turnout and some new momentum for the PacNW car show scene.
My Z was not at this show, unfortunately, as a sensor/hesitation ghost I’ve been chasing kept it home in the garage. I underestimated how odd and excluded it feels to be an exhibitor without a car, and how frustrating and disappointing it would be to repeatedly explain why it wasn’t there. Spending all day second-guessing my decision (“Should I have just driven it anyway?”, “Should I have towed to the show?”, “I probably could have made it this far”, “This is the spot it would be parked in if it were here”, “If it didn’t start at the end people would have helped me”) just meant that I chewed on myself sufficiently all day to prevent ever really enjoying anything. I also underestimated how bored I would be without a car to attend to, despite some worthy distractions. Filling my void of purpose with photography was only partially successful, as although I snapped several thousand shots of the show, the drift event, and everything in between, I didn’t enjoy that very much, either. In the end, there are some shots in here that I’m actually quite happy with, so apparently listless melancholy is a good artistic engine for me.
All that’s new and hot on 2 wheels, plus some sweet classics and incredible custom bikes, under the bright lights of the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle on a sunny December afternoon. Almost makes you want to break out the leathers and ride…
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I felt like an auto industry photographer this week, as the morning after my return flight from SEMA in Las Vegas I was behind the lens again shooting the Seattle Auto Show. Lance joined me in pushing buttons and critiquing design choices. I most impressed this year by Buick – impressive interiors and competitive cars for the price – and Hyundai – unique designs with a distinctive California studio flavor, really coming into their own rather than just shadowing trends. Click through to critique the 2012 models for yourself.
Cara and I met Dave, Aubrey, Geoff and Glenn at the annual Motorcycle industry swag-fest, which was as conspicuously low on swag as this year’s Auto industry event but nevertheless entertaining. We saw a lot of great custom bikes, some sweet vintage ones, the latest and greatest from Kawasaki, Honda, Ducati, Suzuki and a wide selection of fringed leather chaps in everything from traditional black to metallic pink. Click through and enjoy!
Much bigger than last year – even despite the conspicuous absence of Dodge/Chrysler – the Seattle Auto Show this week at Qwest Exhibition Center was a great place for some glossy photos and for #1GF Cara and I to admire/critique the automotive industry’s 2011 design choices. We saw some beautiful sheetmetal, some disappointing details, a few models we would buy and a lot we wouldn’t, and a strong trend towards two-tone brown interiors – and it’s all here in the photo gallery.
One of the local Honda S2000 groups put together a casual drive around the Chuckanut Highway loop, and Christie and I tagged along. It was a great day for a drive and the group was very cool, sticking around for burgers and beer afterward. If we had known the Chuckanut oyster festival was this weekend I guess we could have planned to do that for lunch – maybe next year if we make a habit of it. I tried out my new GoPro camera on the trip, stuck to my fender with its suction cup, but I still have some experimenting to do to find the right settings and mount point. I’m going to take a solo drive so I can play with it more, but here’s one slice of the footage that I kind of liked, entirely unedited:
I stumbled across a group in Bellingham who were setting up a Mount Baker cruise across several different forums, and the resulting crowd was pretty diverse – Infiniti, Mazda, Honda, Subaru, even an Ariel Atom. I met some cool new drivers, blew some winter dust out of my car, thoroughly enjoyed myself, and came home with a some nice pictures. I took a few glamour shots of my Z on the drive, too, but this gallery is the shots of the group.