Revisited: Scott's 1964 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia

I first met Scott a couple years ago after I spotted his car parked at Huntington Beach. Cory and I photographed it the next day, but he insisted that he still had plans for it and that we'd have to do it again when we came back. Fast forward to 2017, and Cory and I, as well as my friends Lee and Kirt, were visiting again. I shot Scott a message to see if he'd like to hang out for the day and he met us over in Long Beach after the Japanese Classic Car Show. Kirt, Cory, and I all ended up photographing his car on the Long Beach shore at sunset, and man, what a memory. I'm not sure if there's a more appropriate setting for this car. If you are a photographer, finding that perfect match for subject and location is rare, but incredibly rewarding. 

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Locals: Brent's 1965 F100

I'm not sure there's much more I can say about my love for the derelict aesthetic. Better writers could weave together an essay about the intersection of utilitarian simplicity and wabi-sabi, but it's a whole lot easier and more entertaining to let a base-model, well-preserved, mid-century pick-up truck convince you. A friend of mine, Brent Logue, rescued this 1965 Ford F100, put a little elbow grease into cleaning it up, and hit the road. It has a straight six, a manual 3-speed on the column, and not much else. It's brutally honest in a world where most things are anything but.

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California: Scott's Kharmann Ghia

If you read my earlier post about our visit to Huntington Beach, you saw the neat Kharmann Ghia that we saw turn off of PCH into the city. As we were walking, we spotted the car and crossed the street to check it out. We started taking some pictures (maybe weird), and eventually Scott returned, and was actually pretty excited that we were interested in his Volkswagen. Scott received the car from his great-grandmother, and has been restoring it ever since. The car shows its age with the authentic patina, and the whole package just oozes character. To help with daily driving duty, Scott replaced the old 1200cc motor with a 1600cc unit, and has spruced up the interior with reupholstered seats.

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After chatting for awhile, we decided to work a full shoot into the trip. We met up on Saturday in Long Beach after the Japanese Classic Car Show. Scott is a photographer himself and joined Cory and I. You can see more of his work on IG at @64onthefloor.

Scott is part of an air-cooled VW club called Busted Knuckle Garage. You might recognize one of their Beetles that was featured on Stanceworks earlier this month. 

Big thanks to Scott for being cool with us stalking his car, and being down to hang out with a couple of strangers to talk cars and take pictures. Here's to new friends in cool places.