Friday, December 26, 2008

Jimmy Wolfe and his collector cars

I've only known Bethany's "Uncle Jimmy" for a few years but he's quickly become one of my favorite people to talk to and spend time with. He's 90-something years old and sharper than ever with an incredible memory, great health, and an extremely kind personality.
Jimmy lives by himself in Altoona, Pennsylvania during the summer months, and comes up to Michigan to stay with his niece Shirley (Bethany's Grandma) during the winter months.
Jimmy lives to talk talk talk about anything really, but most of all, antique cars. He has some of the finest (5 to be exact) restored vintage cars in the country. You take a look at these things and they are pristine... like new! Jimmy bought them all used, at different times in his life, and just restored them in his spare time, and whaalaaa... now he has an impressive collection of some extremely unique and rare cars! Of course there are guys like Jay Leno who have out of this world collections but that's not fair, because Jay has deeper than deep pockets and Jimmy is your typical working-class average Joe.
Anyway, Jimmy had the opportunity to trailer 2 of his favorite models up to Detroit to display the the Ford Headquarters building in Dearborn, Michigan for the entire winter. His 1956 Ford Crown Victoria Skyliner and 1931 Ford Deluxe Roadster seem to be quite a hit at the display!

Anyway with all that said, it was such a treat to take a few photos of Jimmy and his passion for the cars!


Blogger Bob said...

Really nice pictures Blaine, that roadster is cool. What lens did you use for the Jimmy's portrait?

12/27/2008 8:31 AM  
Blogger blaine said...

Hey Uncle Bob,
I used a few different lenses for these, including the 50mm f/1.4 for the close up portraits, and the 24-70mm and 16-35mm lenses for the wide angle shots.

12/31/2008 1:50 AM  

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