There was an antique auto show at Rogers Mansion in Southampton on Saturday and Peter and I got there early, wanting to see and photograph some of the old cars before the crowds got too large. We arrived just after 10:00 a.m., when it started, and we were still there chatting with the owners and photographing their beautiful cars well after noon.
There were automobiles and trucks from as early as 1915 going all the way up to 1958. The preponderance of participants were Fords - and some real beauties. Model A's from the '30's were well represented, in mint condition with wonderful radiator caps and grills. A 1931 navy blue, Ford Sport Coupe stole my husband's heart but the Thunderbirds nearly stole his soul. What a bevy of beauties - each one made both our hearts race faster. First, I fell for the 1956 peacock blue Thunderbird convertible, but being fickle my crush was quickly and easily transferred to "Timeless", a gorgeous 1957 flame red T-Bird, and then we both saw her ... the 1954 satin yellow Kaiser Darrin -sweet. The interior and fiberglass exterior were satin yellow, as was the steering wheel and she has sliding "pocket doors" - Peter was "a goner". Not even the Jaguars could turn his head, of which there were three - a sexy white E-Type L2 (she's the only one that had a chance), a sleek silver-gray XK, and a '53 black convertible XK with red interior. All he could do was take pictures of all of these beauties to savor later.
I, on the other hand, found myself now captivated by trucks, of all things - a 1958 sky blue Chevrolet 3100 pick-up truck with a custom cover captivated my imagination (very Mayberry); and, the Hildreth's Chevrolet delivery truck reflected the store's history (the oldest department store in the country) but also everything around it. I got some wonderful photos of all of the trucks around it, reflected in its side panels.
We thought the show was wonderful and a great success, and hope to attend again next year. In the meantime we want to share two slide shows, so you can see what we saw.
Today's slide show is Peter's. He's our wide-angle man and the one working on HDR photography (High Dynamic Range) using normal, exposure fusion, and grunge effects. You'll notice the different results and effects in the photos. Please sit back, enjoy, and let us know what you think.
Photos & Slide Show @2010 Peter Tooker, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Don't you wish you'd been there?