Woodward Cruise 2011

Every year since a couple years after it started, and assuming I’m in town, I’ve taken my camera to explore the madness that The Woodward Dream Cruise has turned into.  In addition to the Saturday of the cruise itself, I always manage to wander around on various evenings the week before which are sometimes almost as busy as the the main event.  This year was no different.  Though those who know me know I take exception to some of what the cruise has become (The trashiness and rudeness of many of the attendees, not to mention the commercialism.) I still love old cars and try to focus on that while I shoot, and on the friends I always see while out shooting.

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Fall Colors Shoot

SPAM is the Society of Photographers and Models, a group based primarily in the Port Huron area that gathers once a month for the purpose of shooting in different locations and to different themes, providing experience and portfolio material for those that attend.  I joined this particular one at a park in early October when the Fall colors were at their most vibrant.  We had a beautiful day and came away with some great material!

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Belle Isle Steampunk Picnic

After an aborted attempt to have a steampunk event and photo shoot at the Belle Isle Conservatory earlier this year, the lovely Vespertine Nova Lark, organizer and trinket-maker extraordinaire, made plans for a picnic in the island on June 18th, 2011.  Though the turnout was not huge, all had a grand time, feasting on delicious food and beverage and frolicking in the gorgeous weather of the day.  We were even blessed with an appearance of the Detroit Princess, a water craft, seemingly from a bygone era.  In addition, there was a raffle of donated goodies, particularly those from Ms. Larks hands.  A grand time, indeed!!

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2011 Autorama

Autorama, first held in 1953, is a hot rod and custom show held each year in the winter at Cobo Hall in downtown Detroit.  This year’s event, as in past years, featured a variety of types of customs both new and old, dating back many decades in some cases.  Many different styles were on display.  The whole lower floor was given over to vintage and rat rods and included bands with a vintage rockabilly or big band style and a pin up girl contest.  All images are copyrighted to Marc Beauregard/B2 Photographique and may not be used or copied for any reason without permission.

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2011 NAIAS

Once again, NAIAS (North American International Auto Show) organizers in conjunction with WWJ radio held a photography contest at the annual Detroit Auto Show.  Contestants were allowed into the show hall an hour early to shoot cars before the crowds showed up, making it easier to get shots minus a bunch of people in the background.  In my experience, it takes two hours to get through the entire show at a reasonable pace, but they don’t ask me, do they?

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2011 – NAIAS Designer Night Party

Every year since 1990 (Or thereabouts) there has been a gathering of automotive creative designers held in conjunction with the North American International Auto Show. (Detroit Auto Show)  They’ve been hosted by a number of venues, including The State Theater, The College for Creative Studies, The Rattlesnake Club and most often in recent years, The Bankle Building (Now called Art &Development), home to celebrated ex-Ford designer, Camilo Pardo.   This year Camilo, his hard working mom and a gang of volunteers again hosted the event at Art and Development.  The party drew it’s usual large crowd of designers and other celebrants this year, happy to see the auto industry starting to shrug off the past few years dismal economic climate.  I was again asked to shoot the event by the organizers and enjoyed an evening of seeing many familiar old faces and meeting a few new ones.

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Thanksgiving Rockin Eve 2010 – St Andrews Hall

At the invitation of the my friend, the lovely and super-talented  JC Westwood, I went to shoot her and her band, The Infatuations, along with a couple of other acts that played at this event.  Due to a bit of miscommunication I arrived WAY early for the show, so I proceeded to wander around and check things out so as to have a decent idea of where to shoot from and what the good angles would be.  I ended up having to kinda hide out until the band showed up so I wouldn’t get kicked out until doors opened.  Did I mention I was hungry because of barely eating anything?  Yeah…  Fortunately for me, St Andrews Hall has a little food spot in the basement that I took advantage of.  At that point, the band was there so I hung out with them a bit before the first act went on stage.  Once that happened I was pretty much super busy juggling lenses and shooting until I left after The Infatuations played.  Unfortunately I missed the headliner, Ty Stone, but dancing at City Club beckoned.

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World Steampunk Expo 2010

I attended the  World Steam Expo in Dearborn, MI on Saturday May 29, 2010.  I wasn’t quite sure what to expect based on some of the things I was hearing prior to the event.  Would people show up?  Would it be well organized?  I needn’t have worried.  From the second I arrived, it was clear that the attendance was high and that just getting a glimpse at what people were wearing alone would justify the price of admission.  But I got much, much more.  The vendor booths were filled with great clothing, costumes, art and steampunkish accouterments. There was music by bands like Tartanic and Abney Park, a fashion show, various kinds of enlightenment in the form of seminars, and a fancy dress ball to top it off.  But the thing that really made it worth while was seeing friends and all of the amazing outfits people put together.

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Billetproof Detroit 2010

Rat Rod – “A style of hot rod or custom car that, in most cases, imitates (or exaggerates) the early hot rods of the 40s, 50s, and 60s. It is not to be confused with the somewhat closely related “traditional” hot rod, which is an accurate re-creation or period-correct restoration of a hot rod from the same era.  Most rat rods appear “unfinished” (whether they actually are or are not), with just the bare essentials to be driven.  The rat rod is the visualization of the idea of function over form. Rat rods are meant to be driven, not shown off. Sometimes the customization will include using spare parts, or parts from another car altogether.”

This is the essence of Billetproof, a national series of shows that first began in 1997 in California and spread to Michigan in 2004.

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Autorama 2010

Autorama is a “hot rod” show that was first put on in 1952 as a fundraiser for the Michigan Hot Rod Association.  Over the years it grew into one of the premiere events of it’s kind in the country as well as being a fixture on the Michigan automotive events calendar.  Though the show has, at times, waned because of tough economic times, this years show seemed well attended by both participants and spectators.  Though the show was originally a showcase for traditional style hot rods, you can see almost any kind of customized vehicle now, including motorcycles, trucks, rat rods, high-dollar one-of-a-kind machines and even boats.

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