The Champagne British Car Festival: In Stereoscopic 3-D
The 2019 Champagne British Car Festival returned to the beautiful David Davis Mansion in Bloomington, Illinois for an amazing gathering of British built iron. This year, the celebrated marque, Lotus, graced the main walk of the historic property.
As the cars and spectators were rolling in, I was lurking amongst the polished chrome and glistening paint with a Holga Stereo Camera. I aspired to capture the event in 3-D film. With some expired Kodak Gold 400 loaded in the camera, I set out to produce some truly unique images that Holga cameras and expired film are known for.
It was a beautiful day. The temperature was mild, the sun was shining, and a gentle breeze carried the scent of the many flowers from the mansion's butterfly garden. The alluring atmosphere yielded some fun and exciting prints.
Seen above is the line of Lotus Cars on the right and the Premier Class made from class winners of previous years on the left.
The Festival even attracted this very rare Sunbeam Harrington Le Mans. An Alpine GT specially built for, you guessed it, the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Rootes ran these in 1961-1963 and manged 16th overall and the Thermal Efficiency Award.
This lovely late 40's Austin FX3 was definitively my favorite car of the show. The Austin FX4 introduced in 1958 is THE London Taxi that most of the world has come to know. As such, it was quite interesting to see the predecessor to the ubiquitous London Cab.
The XJS in this shot was framed out perfectly with the trees and flag in the foreground and the Mansion in the back. There are even a few of the light leaks that Holgas are known for, making this a truly exclusive image.
This MGTD looked lovely positioned next to the former stable on the back lawn.
A TR6 appears to be wiggling its tail on the lush grass.
And of course, the stars of the whole show, Whitney and our dog CiCi. They are posing in front of Pete, Whitney's 1979 MG Midget.
The combination of the Holga Stereo camera and the expired film produced an antiquated, dream like environment. Together, they created a world that seems to have passed some half a century ago, instead of merely two weeks ago.
Currently, I am on the hunt for a Realist Stereo camera. Once acquired, more 3-D images with be coming. Be sure to check back for more. Until then,