MERCURY’S FROM ABOVE
Part of the 2009 Sacramento Autorama was a gathering of custom Mercury’s. One of the highlights of the show was a view from the balcony allowing a birds eye view on some of the worlds best ever Mercury custom cars
One building at the Sacramento Autorma was filled with only Mercury custom cars. Historical masterpieces that had set the trend in the 1940’s and 1950’s as well as modern interpretations were invited to create the prestigious Mercury Gathering. A wonderful selection of the worlds best custom Mercury’s ever created. I was asked to help organize the event, make a selection of cars to invite, and write about this historical event to create as much interest as possible. Custom Car enthusiast from all over the world flew out to the show so see the wonderful collection of custom Mercury’s. The event was a huge success, and one of my own personal highlights was to climb up the stairs and take place on the balcony and watch the customs from an perspective seldom seen. It felt like I was a bird flying over the tops of these wonderful customs.
On set up day and before the show opened to the public I set up my tri-pod and camera and tried to make as many bird’ eye view photos of the custom cars. The cars closest to the balcony worked the best, and I was able to make some really nice photos of the Sam Barris Merc, the Ohanesian Merc, and Paul Bragg his 1951 Merc. The cars a bit further from the leading edge of the balcony were a bit less interesting, but still the perspective was really nice. It was sometimes hard to make a good photo. The balcony was not completely rock solid, and the tri-pod and long shutter demanded no movement, But many times people walking the stairs were making enough movement to make the photos blurry. So I ended with only a hand full of photos that were good enough to us.
A selection of those are in this CCC-Article. I hope you will enjoy them as much I did when I was viewing the room from my bird point of view.
Overview of the historic section of the Mercury building.
Bill Worden’s, Ralph Testa Barris Kustom mercury setting up his display. The photo is slightly fuzzy because of movements on the balcony. Because the car was sitting towards the center of the roof the Birds eye effect was a bit less on this one.
The oldest created custom Mercury at the show was Paul Plannette’s 1939 Mercury original built by Coachcraft. Derby Ahlstone restored it back to original specs. Larry Dames brought the Frank Sonzogni 1950 mercury which was painted white awaiting a full restoration.
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