Posts Tagged ‘car

30
Nov
10

a found photo

When I’m driving around and see something that could be fun to shoot, I admit I don’t stop nearly as often as I should.  Sometimes the warmth (or coolness if it is summer) of your car forces you to tell yourself that whatever you just glimpsed back there isn’t worth turning around for.  Sometimes it’s on a busy road and you don’t feel like risking your life for something so trivial.  Sometimes you’re reminded of all the other times you’ve taken the time to stop and it turned out to be nothing.  But then sometimes you’re pleasantly surprised by what you happen upon.  In any case, some days are better than others.

When I passed this scene while circling a block in downtown Augusta, I knew I had to stop.  A 1964 Ford Falcon Futura for sale.  It was kind of hidden in a wide alley on Ellis Street – a street rarely travelled, to the point that we had a city commissioner who wanted to flood the whole thing to make it a navigable canal a la San Antonio.  I felt that this was a find worthy of a 2 minute stop. 

It’s not that I’m some Ford Falcon superfan or anything, but I am a car guy.  And I’ve always been attracted to the lines of this car, one that pretty much represents the 60s in my mind (when you take out the gas guzzling Buicks and Cadillacs of the era.)  It kind of reminds me of a predecessor to the Ford Cortina, a British (don’t think they sold them in the States) car built by Ford Europe and pretty much started the company’s rallying success.  Anyone who has ever seen the car I drive (Subaru WRX) knows I’m a rallying nut.  And to a larger extent, I much more admire a smaller car that has a smaller engine but can pull the most from that engine to be quick, giving other cars with lots more weight and larger engines a run for their money so to speak. This is the reason I’d never buy a Mustang or Camaro, but prefer lightweight, turbo-charged and nimble cars. 

Not that this thing is light by any stretch of the imagination.  It’s probably made of steel throughout.  And look at the trunk lid for crying out loud, it’s bigger than my dinner table.  But these things are relative.

You know, the more I write about this, the more I can see myself cruising around in this thing with sunglasses on and the windows down.  And I’m curious what the price might be.  Hell, maybe I’ll give that number a ring.  For fun.

-RAE

www.rainier-ehrhardt.com

05
Mar
10

The first image. It’s special.

Ok, I’ll start with an easy one for the first photo post.  I’ll combine my love of things that go fast with things that capture the speed of light…aaannnd also how filthy my car is.  Shameful (but kind of cool at the same time maybe? In a redneck way perhaps?)

Usually bright blue, my car is in serious need of a bath. The dirt's caked on so much that recent rain only made a small dent in the filthiness.

 Aiken county, just over the Savannah River from Augusta, is full of dirt roads.  And since I have a Subaru with AWD, I’ll make massive detours on the way back from an assignment just to drive sideways down a twisty country dirt road.  Maybe I’m channeling my inner rally driver or I’ve been living in the south too long and I’m only two dirt treks away from calling it ” Off Roadin’ ”  Either way, I’ve discovered some pretty neat stuff at the end of dirt roads.  More on that tomorrow.

-RAE

www.rainier-ehrhardt.com