I continue today with images from “Hot Rod Heaven” or in reality the Willis Johnson private car collection. Jeanne said that I confused her (I’ve been doing that for 40 years) yesterday with the images from the diner while talking about the automobiles. They are all together. The first thing you see when you walk in the building is the diner I showed you yesterday. The image above is actually taken standing in front of the stools of the diner.
I tried to document what I saw but in reality you just about have to see it in person to believe it. Very few people actually get to see this collection and the reason we did is because of Ricky Skaggs’ relationship with Mr. Johnson. This collection is not open to the public.
The classic 1957 Chevrolet with a custom hood. When I first saw the cars I thought they had been restored to their original condition. Most had altered custom interiors and some other enhancements. However I did not get a chance to look at all the cars. There are just too many of them.
Here is a shot with a 1968, 1969, and a 19 70 Chevy Impala, after that the image goes to out of focus and I don’t remember the final year of the car that was in this row. I also shot a series of Chevelles from 1964 on. I used to have a 1966 Chevelle SS396 so I was drawn to that vehicle. He had a 66 Chevelle but it was not an SS396. 😦
Another view of the entire collection. I’m not a big fan of classic cars. Don’t get me wrong I think they are great but I don’t really enjoy photographing them that much. As you can see from the images I took it was almost impossible to control the lighting on the cars so it was very difficult to get quality images.
This is the interior of one of the many Mustangs he has on display. Remember you can click on an image to see it in a larger version and more detail.
I shot almost 500 images from the collection. It was very hot in the building. There are large ceiling fans but they do little for the humidity. So with the combination of the fluorescent lights, the high humidity, and the heat I was more than ready to leave for the AC in the car. 🙂
I know, not the true spirit needed to push through and get great images. I’ll stand out in 22 degree temperature with a 20 mph wind to photograph an eagle, but the heat is another thing for me.
That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by. I will show other things besides cars but there were a lot of cool things to see at the collection.
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