Light has a wonderful way of highlighting natural lines through shadows and contrast. Great drama can be found in natural light and this is an aspect of photography that always delivers wonderful surprises when we’re in the digital darkroom post-processing our images.
Today we’re heading back to the “Vette to Victoria” event that the Victoria Corvette Club hosted earlier this year. This exciting weekend-long event found us hopping all over the lower island photographing some of the most beautiful cars we’ve seen both at rest and in action.
Even as the era of muscle cars was nearing an end and the oil embargo was looming and just about to hit in the coming years, Chevrolet remained determined to deliver a world-class sports car in the Corvette. These were the beginning of tumultuous times in the car industry as engines became smaller in displacement and various forms of pollution control were added over the coming 10 years or so that really robbed the cars of power. I believe that the jury is still out in regards to the effectiveness some of these controls actually had in terms of reducing emissions and fuel requirements. Yet through all this, the Corvette remained a true hot-blooded car packing a V8 engine and the ability to fling itself around any track, keeping up with much more expensive and exotic cars.
By the early seventies, the Stingray had become a well-known moniker in car circles usually reserved for conversations of revery and admiration. And for many good reasons, too. Not only did this car have a great racing lineage that carried through to the street models, but it was all wrapped up in some of the most beautiful bodywork this world has even seen.
As we were touring the lot on the morning of the Show ‘n Shine for the event, we came across this particular car. Gleaming copper and metallic paint literally beckoned the enthusiast from across the parking lot, and once you arrived to view the car in person, the gorgeous lines really started to emerge. This is a timeless design that even today represents one of the most coveted model Corvettes ever built. The beautiful low-slung and wide stance of this car is really perfectly accented by the sweeping and alluring lines that run over the fenders and curve graciously through the door panels. In some ways this particular model remains an icon of automotive history, and it’s really easy to see why.
Even when seen from the back, the beautiful and graceful curves create delicate shadows that deliver a strong sense of strength and beauty. I have no clue if the designers and engineers of this time really had an idea of how truly appealing and important this car would become in the world of automobile enthusiasts. Yet here we are some 40 years later and this wonderful sports-car will stop people dead in their tracks as it rumbles by, the Chevy small-block gently bumping down the road. This sound is the harbinger of fury if fully let loose, yet during peaceful cruises remains a true and well-mannered friend.
These are the elements that memories are made of.
Thanks for taking the time to visit us here today, we really appreciate it. We have many more posts coming in the months ahead that share photos from this great event, so if you are enjoying this series so far we ask you to please stay tuned! And in the meantime, if you have any comments you wish to share we would truly welcome them as we love to hear from all our visitors.