Another Look at Brent's '52 Chevy

I can't believe it has been three years since I first photographed Brent's 1952 Chevrolet. When he originally purchased the car, he was planning on keeping it as-is, as a side project to his '49 build. When he ran into issues with the engine, however, he went full in and has really transformed the car. This shoot was originally for an online publication, but that fell through, so I just wanted to share it with y'all. Brent is awesome dude, and his creativity is second to none in the area. 

Although Brent changed the direction away from the patina of the car as he found it, he has stuck to his guns of keeping the Chevrolet has a period-correct "hot-rod" build. To hear him say it, his goal to build a car that he would have built if he had bought the car in the fifties. The level of details, from the pin-up artwork to his own pinstriping, it all just works perfect and transports you back to mid-century America. 

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As great as this car is, Brent will tell you that this isn't the final look. I love that he's constantly changing things and reinventing his projects, always introducing something interesting but staying true to the same fifties hot-rod theme. 

Film Shots: Justin Furness' Chevrolet Corvair

I first spotted Justin's Corvair a couple of years ago at the gas station down from Mercer, and honestly, just loved it. It exuded style, especially when compared to the transportation appliances that fill modern roads. I didn't have a chance to meet Justin until a few weeks ago when I happened to spot him getting out of the car along Tattnall Park when I was out on a bike ride. I introduced myself, gave him a card, and offered a shoot.

For this shoot with the Corvair, I wanted to keep the aesthetic rough. The car is unrestored, and seeing as Justin was smack dab in finals, he didn't have time for a detail. I decided to use Fuji Superia 400, a grainy, consumer-grade film that would flow with the lo-fi vibes of the car. These rolls were shot with my Nikon F100, and processed by The FIND Lab out of Utah.

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Justin Maxwell's 1965 Ford Mustang

As a "car guy", one question that I've been asked often is what "one thing" got me into cars. For most people, they usually have stories of watching their fathers wrench on old cars on an given Saturday afternoon. That wasn't me. While my dad certainly enjoys cars, and has owned some pretty neat stuff over the years, it has never been a priority for him. He laid the framework, but it easily could have never blossomed into the borderline obsession that it became. My love for cars has always come from my similarly obsessed friends, and Justin was the first. 

I first met Justin at Northgate High School in Newnan, GA around 2001. We were part of the drum line, and spent most of our afternoons sitting in the back of the band room talking, joking, and occasionally, playing drums. Justin was already a pretty big car guy and would occasionally bring in issues of Sport Compact Car and Super Street to read during that time. While I was already aware of the early 2000s show scene thanks to The Fast and Furious, the simpler JDM builds in the magazines piqued my interest in a way that the other more extravagant builds hadn't before.  Around the same time, Justin had also sold his Mercury Tracer to purchase a white 1993ish Civic hatch with a stripped interior and Acura "Fat Five" wheels. It was the first time I'd ever seen someone allow a Honda to stand on it's own, and after that, there was no looking back. I was hooked. 

Nearly 15 years later, and we're seemingly a lifetime away from those days in high school. Justin is moving from his home in Augusta to Maryland soon, and he sent me a message on Facebook asking if I'd be interested in photographing his modified 1965 Mustang. I jumped on the opportunity, we freed up a weekend, and took an evening in Macon to catch up and check out his latest project. 

Justin's goal for this car is a classic OEM Mustang with some modern nods to drivability, reliability, power, and aesthetics.  When he purchased the car it had already had a mild restoration, having the original unit swapped out for a Foxbody-era 5.0 powertrain. The car had also been painted a dark blue with silver stripes, but needed a new look. The gloss black on silver BBS LM look-alike wheels is a surprising, but admittedly killer, look for the classic muscle car that pulls inspiration from Ford Racing Performance Parts 2003 SEMA build.  

The interior has been kept mostly stock. Justin replaced a worn-out Grant steering wheel and added an aftermarket stereo, but otherwise it keeps the mid-century vibes going.

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I'm immensely thankful to Justin for making the trip over, for choosing me to photograph his car, and for everything he unknowingly did for a dumb 16 year old 15 years ago. Good luck with the move, and enjoy Maryland!