Some events are better than others, and this was one of them. The event (as you probably know by now thanks to all the coverage on the Book of Faces) was put together by Racewarz and was supported by some big names in the motor industry. Michelin was on board (and the reason I was shooting on the day - commissions like this make what I do worthwhile) along with the likes of Racing Hart Concepts, RACE South Africa, Shelby South Africa, Daytona Group, The 357, the Ferrari & Moto GP store, Prestige Marques and Lexus East Rand - among others.
With a sponsor/vendor list like that, a great turnout of wicked cars was a given, and come 11:00, the Sandton City rooftop was filling up with over 600 cars counted, most of which were modified in some way or another. The eye candy included hypercars, supercars, classics, daily drives and a host of rare, lesser-spotted imports. I snapped a few hundred images for Michelin that can be seen on their Facebook page, but as usual, I pulled some images from the batch to give a little more of an edit than usually seen on event pics, and this post is here to you them.
I've shared a few of these on my social media pages and the above R34 GT-R seems to be the favourite by far, but there was so much tasty metal on hand it really isn't easy to choose a favourite. At one point I snuck away from the masses with a few tasty cars who's owners wanted some cool shots, and Nate from Racewarz arranged for car girl and fitness model Megan Jane Wesson to pose for us. I don't usually shoot cars with people, but I'm quite pleased with the results. Take a look below...
In amongst all the serious supercars were some pretty cool classics and modified streetcars. One of my favourite shots of the day was of a trio of E30 BMWs parked against a wall. I had to wait a few minutes for the foot traffic to clear off leaving me with about 10 seconds to get in some shots before the walkers moved back into frame. I don't edit my images a lot (mainly because I still need to learn how to) but I did remove some road markings and a pavement in the foreground that didn't look right. The Beemers were super clean, and I couldn't ask for a better shot even if I planned it. Here's a mint 325iS, and E30 convertible and a 2-door E30 sitting pretty in a 1-2-3 split, because why not?
Added to the wicked R34 GT-R was a few other Nissans that deserved an extra edit. The best part (for me) is that the R35 GT-R is so commonplace at these kinds of events and race meets that a lone 350Z actually stood out more. Of course it did help that it's modified inside and out and a punch of the gas pedal released a roar and crackle that literally made a kid walking past cry.
One thing you can always count on at any event on SA soil - a great turnout of VAG cars. From a Liberty Walk Porsche to top of the line Audi RS models to neat Mk1 Golfs, there was something for everyone. On the way to the event I drove in a 2-car convoy with Haydn's RS7 and the Sandton streets were quiet enough to get some rolling shots in. Yeah, I was ahead in a Corsa, but only because the Audi stayed at idle most of the way. Of course when he did touch the gas pedal, the monstrous thing made me look like I hit brakes...
Apart from the trio posted way above, there were a few more desirable BMWs scattered around the rooftop parking lot. Again, from old to new, stock to modded and everything in between...
So yeah, as you can see it was a pretty damn good event packed with awesomeness, and the total count was pretty much where the World Record for a rooftop park off currently sits, so the next event that should be held around September will actually be an attempt to bring that World record to SA. Until then, I'll catch you at whatever events my camera and myself end up at.
Thanks for looking.
Author: Chris Wall
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