Monday, April 23, 2012

The Tovar Brothers

It matters not what walk of life you may come from, commitment, passion and dedication know no social class, economic climate, race, creed, or color. Car guys, we’re all the same, whether it is on the ¼ mile strip, the oval course, the Boulevard, or the dirt track. We love what we do, and we do what we love, furthermore; we’re passionate about it. Take for perfect example the Tovar Brothers. Growing up in their humble home in Hawaiian Gardens California, these brothers carved for themselves a respectable reputation as solid custom car builders. Starting in their youth, in the family two car garage, is where their collective talent blossomed. Decades later they still have the same dedication and passion for car building.
Call them what you may, Lowriders, hot rodders, lead sled builders…..I’ll call then genuine, honest and real. I was privileged to have spent a few hours on Sunday with them shooting photos of their exquisite rides. What you see here are the outtakes, the better photos will be in the Lowrider book that Marco Patino and myself are shooting and writing. Stay tuned for more. 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Viva Las Vegas

Well folks after a seven year absence from the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Show, I made my return. This was the 15-year the show had been going on. This time around I was asked to be the official car show photographer for the event!  
Carolyn, and I packed our bags then hit the road. But things aren’t quite the same as they used to be, I’m starting to feel old now. When I first went I was in my late 20’s, I could stay up all night long till dawn even, now I’m 40, and by 1am that is it, I am done. Aching knees and feet didn’t stop me from having fun though. It just stopped me from having fun till the wee hours of the night. The musical highlights of the weekend in Vegas were the Ventures and Si Cranstoun. Yes, the original Ventures played Vegas along with Duane Eddy. They may be older men now, but they sound exactly the same as they did during the 1960’s. And lastly Si Cranstoun and his band all the way from England. Si has a Jackie Wilson styled R&B sound that makes it impossible for you to stand still! Check out his music, this man has talent!