How to spot rare and obscure cars!
An all-you-need-to-know guide to car spotting.
One of the most important details to car spotting is the location. My preferred spots are by a lake or downtown, usually where all of the millionaires and car collectors are. Fancy restaurants are a popular choice in shopping centers, because of the dedicated valet parking. If you are looking for big and quirky cars, try the front of your neighborhood, or walk around in areas you haven't been to in a while. Even at CVS near a lake, I've seen an authentic Ferrari 250 GT SWB worth up to $11 million! Passing by ranches and old farm houses also has a greater chance of having classics in the field.
1 of 500 McLaren 675 LT crossing a bridge.
Time is another important aspect to car spotting because at night, your phone camera may be unable to pick up the generic shape of the car and will not turn out the way you want it to. In the afternoon, or around lunch time, make sure it is a decent temperature to where its not too hot or cold because it can overheat or shut off your phone right as your about to capture a classic passing by. My ideal time is between four in the afternoon 'till sunset because all of the cool cars are out on a cruise by then. Sunset shots as well add a sort of calm tone to your spots. Or, after a car show, it is common to see the cars from the event cruising back home in large groups, so be sure to capture some photos.
A group of Corvettes ironically met up at the same place we were eating at for lunch.
Other important details:
I learned this one from my buddy, Michael. It is to make sure you have your camera at the ready whenever you are out traveling from one destination to the next. It makes you mentally prepared and more focused on other cars going the opposite direction as you on the road. Also, if you are driving and you spot something obscure or cool, wait 'till a red light or pull over out of everyone's way to avoid a crash. As for spotting the cars themselves, if you think it looks cool, take a picture because it could potentially be a lot cooler than you originally thought.