CUSTOM CAR LINE-UP 2014
8 period styled Custom Cars gathered at two wonderful locations, lined up to show off their beautiful lines. It was a spectacular sight, and great photo opportunity. This article shows a few of my favorite photos taken at the event.
[dropcap]U[/dropcap]lf “Wolf” Christiansson organized for the second year in a row the Custom Car Line-Up at the A-Bombers Old Style Weekend. Unique for the 2014 version was that there were two locations for the Line-Up. One, the same as last year, “Riksväg 2, Vägminne” a very nice looking restored cobblestone road, for the traditional Line-Up of Custom Cars. And the other for a Circle of Custom Cars, as well as a semi 1951 Ayala Magazine Cover re-make was held at a small airfield in Backamo, right across the A-Bombers Camp-Site. Another new thing for this year was that I myself was there to witness it all and take my own photos, instead of having others take the photos and send to me for the Line-Up article. It was an really nice small event with some amazing custom cars. Most of them the same as last year, but Wolf invited two new cars for this years Line-Up. Sadly one of them could not make it in time, so the only new Custom was Miikka Salminen from Finland (now in Spain) with his great looking 1936 Dodge.
Why the Custom Car Line-Up?
Wolf has always been fascinated by the famous 1951 Custom Car line-up photo. This photo, or actually more than one was taken by custom car photographer Marcia Campbell. She selected 5 Barris custom cars, and asked the owners, to drive to a photo location in South Gate, California. Here she took individual photos of all 5 Barris Customs, but also took a few photos of all 5 cars parked next to each other, one of them with the owners standing proud next to their cars. Today every custom car enthusiasts knows this photo as: “the Line-Up Photo”. In 1951 Marcia could not have foreseen the impact this photo-shoot would have more than 60 years later. Nor could she have thought this photo would see an Annual remake on the other side of the ocean.
You can read more about Marcia’s original 1951 Line-Up photo-shoot in this CCC article.
During the A-Bombers Old Style Weekend Event, Wolf was handing out flyers for the Line-Up photo shoot were. Not just to anybody though. You had to have a period looking Custom car, one that has the looks of a Custom that could come straight form the early 1950’s. Wolf was in charge, and it was up to him to select the candidates. There were some very interesting Customs at the show this year, but quite a lot did not fit the “criteria” for the Line-Up. On Friday evening Wolf had made up his mind and had invited 9 Custom Cars.
The cars selected for the 2014 Custom Car Line Up photo are:
- Wolf Christiansson, 1951 Mercury
- Palle Johansen, 1951 Mercury
- Magnus Karlsson, 1949 Oldsmobile
- Andreas Åberg, 1950 Ford
- Palle Johansen, 1947 Cadillac
- Bert Gustavsson, 1940 Buick convertible
- Tim Kirkegaard, 1939 Mercury
- Miikka Salminen, 1936 Dodge
The cars arriving at the Riksväg 2, Vägminne Line-Up location. In the back we can see Wolf instructing the car owners how he wants the cars to be parked. He choose to have a little more space between the cars than last year, so that each car would stand out a bit more.
Once the cars were all lines up at the front and parked at the same angle all the car owners, friends and photographers were asked to leave the scene for a clear view on the lined-up cars. Wolf on the far right is clearly having a great time.
Palle Johansen took this great photo, they almost look like toy cars in this photo.
Seen from the cobblestone road. All the cars were sort of lined up at the front…
With the front aligned the rears of the cars were far from that.
This nice low angle view shows of the white wall tires and hubcaps really well. Such a great sight!
Then the owners or drivers were asked to go to their cars and take on the “Sam Barris” position, for another round of photos.
When every body had taken enough photos of the Line-Up, we packed our stuff and headed back to the Old Style Weekend Camp-Site. However when we got there we turned right were we should have turned left to get on theA-Bombers. The right turn brought us to the second photo-location. A large section of grass in the corner of a small airfield. Wolf once again took control and directed the car owners to park in a circle. Wolf also brought a ladder for the photographers to stand on, and especially for this location that came in very handy and made sure we could make some really great high angle photos of this collection of fine Custom Cars.
Janne Lepola from Finland took this photo when the last cars were just put into position. We were about to leave the scene so that the photos-shoot could start.
The high point of view, using the ladder showed these cars from an rarely seen very attractive perspective.
However the on the ground angle also created some spectacular photos.
After the Circle photo-shoot was finished Wolf drove his ’51 Mercury into the center of the circle, and jumped onto the cowl of his Merc. He then asked all the other owner to stand next to their cars. This way we sort of recreated the 1951 Motor Trend magazine Ayala Shop cover photo. It was never meant to be an exact duplicate of the original photo.. but just inspired by it, and all for fun. And fun we sure had.
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