Saturday, July 13, 2013

Land Rover Series III - white on white

This is a late 70's Land Rover Series III that we painted 100% white for a TVC. The new owner still drives it around like this, white tyres and all. Looks very distinctive on the road.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Thursday, October 4, 2012

1959 Chris-Craft owned by Howard Hughes

Some photos of a 1959 Chris-Craft Continental that I restored some years ago. It looked great behind my old Falcon wagon

It was a mess when I bought it and needed a total rebuild. The boat was originally bought by Howard Hughes as a tender for his seaplanes.

Built from carvel planked mahogany she was a thing of beauty but not great for the Sydney Harbour chop.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Airstream Supreme

My friend Mike sent me these images of a newly restored Airstream recently imported into Australia from the US by a friend. He spent $80k but it looks beautifully done in light modern tones. There's something so emotive and stylish about an Airstream.

Monday, August 6, 2012

1947 Gumman Mallard Flyingboat

It's been a while since I made a new post so I'll try and make up for lost time. 

I recently shot a film for Paspaley Pearls in the North of Australia with Estonian supermodel Carmen Kass. The highlight of the trip was a flight in one of Paspaley's fleet of Grumman Mallard flying boats. 

I'm told that only fifty nine of these gorgeous machines were built and Paspaley owns three of them to service their pearl farms stretched right across the vast Timor Sea from Broome to Darwin. For them there has never been a better machine built to do the job, beyond the range of helicopters and with few landing strips in the middle of the rugged Kimberly coastal desert.

Sunset over the Timor Sea

A true amphibian, wheels down in Darwin.

Refuelling in the middle of nowhere.

The original Pratt and Whitney radials have been replaced at great expense by modern turbo props. The Mallards are real workhorses and the turbo props give more power and a greater payload capacity.

Our trip to the remote Kurri Bay station took four hours flying over the unspoilt Kimberly Desert. 

The Mallard sitting off the dock at Kurri Bay. This experience is straight out of the 1930's when Flying Boats were the most convenient and luxurious way to travel. The old Empire Flying Boats used to fly from Rose Bay on Sydney Harbour all the way to Southampton Water in the UK or down through Africa all the way to Cape Town.

Landing on water meant that they could land in any far flung colonial outpost and needed minimal infrastructure and so rather than busy airports a Flying Boat journey in the 1930's was truly an exotic adventure. Flying with Paspaley is the last place on earth you can still experience this timeless travel. After hours of smooth flying over countryside so empty I never say a road, a building or any sign of humanity. We skimmed down over the water and stepped out into the tender for a short trip to the jetty.

Resting on a pontoon nearby was some local wildlife. Not only is the water full of the world's most superb pearls but they team with fish and the odd shark.

Sunrise over the Kimberly.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Greystone Mansion Los Angeles concourse

I was in LA in May for work and Jonathan took me to the concourse at the Greystone Mansion. Some rare and amazing cars. More car posts to come.

An incredible Aston Martin DB4 Zagato, one of the most elegant cars ever built in my book. Perfect colour and beautiful lines.

Love the '63 split window vette.

My favourite angle of the C2 hard top, so distinctive.

The iconic Mercedes 300 SL in convertible and iconic coupe form. 

Love the matching luggage + those incredible doors.

Just love these details.

A rare piece of Italian style, love the way the windows meet.

That badass stinger hood scoop.

McQueen style Jag SSK

The classic sportsman. Love that varnished timber.

The iconic late 40's For woody wagon. I love the roof slats and detailing. This one was perfect in every detail.

A super rare 50's DeSoto with gorgeous details everywhere you look.