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Riverside International Raceway

Riverside International Raceway

Published February 2015. I designed this 204-page book—a  celebration of the historic Riverside Raceway in Southern California. The book covers the races and drivers that helped create the story of this legendary racetrack. Written by motorsports authority Pete Lyons. To purchase books, please visit: http://www.petelyons.com/books.html

Riverside International Raceway    book design

Riverside International Raceway book design

Endsheet design for Riverside International Raceway book

Riverside International Raceway    book design

Riverside International Raceway book design

Title page design for Riverside International Raceway book

Riverside International Raceway    book design

Riverside International Raceway book design

Legendary racer Dan Gurney wrote the foreword for the book

Riverside International Raceway    book design

Riverside International Raceway book design

Page design for Riverside International Raceway book

Riverside International Raceway    book design

Riverside International Raceway book design

Page design for Riverside International Raceway book

Lauren at the Louvre.

Lauren at the Louvre.

The majestic elegance of these awesome classics naturally called for simplicity in layout design. The simplest approach is oftentimes the most sophisticated. Long-time associate John Lamm was the only photographer allowed access to shoot this exhibit prior to its opening to the public
for this feature in Road & Track.

Cycle World TRAVEL & ADVENTURE magazine

Cycle World TRAVEL & ADVENTURE magazine

This evocative image didn't need much help in selling itself as the lead. Pure emotion. Like you are there. 

ROAD & TRACK cover story: Lexus LF-LC Concept car.

ROAD & TRACK cover story: Lexus LF-LC Concept car.

I organized and art directed this two-day shoot in two separate secure locations prior to the cars' unveiling to the rest of the world's automotive press. I also designed the story as well. Photographed at Calty Design, Toyota's hyper-secure design HQ in Newport Beach, California and
South Bay Studios in Los Angeles. Photos by Barry Hathaway.

 ...we opted for a dramatic top-lighting effect to highlight the aggressive stance of the LF-LC, and carried that concept thru to the detail shots.  Barry's mastery of the studio as well as location photography made him a perfect choice for this assignment...

...we opted for a dramatic top-lighting effect to highlight the aggressive stance of the LF-LC, and carried that concept thru to the detail shots.
Barry's mastery of the studio as well as location photography made him a perfect choice for this assignment...

 ...the dramatic and unique roof styling mirrors the organic interior highlighted here. Organizing and directing shoots like this  have been a mainstay of my role as the Design Director at ROAD & TRACK.

...the dramatic and unique roof styling mirrors the organic interior highlighted here. Organizing and directing shoots like this
have been a mainstay of my role as the Design Director at ROAD & TRACK.

Cycle World TRAVEL & ADVENTURE magazine

Cycle World TRAVEL & ADVENTURE magazine

Out there...a Russian motorcycle, with a sidecar, in Baja California. The sense of the vast and lonely landscape worked perfectly in this lead image.

 

ROAD & TRACK cover story: July 2012

ROAD & TRACK cover story: July 2012

This story was a fun challenge. I had to coordinate and art direct the
photography and locations of 5 concept show cars in 4 different locales
around the world within a two week window...

1 of 5 CONCEPTS: Jaguar CX-16: England

1 of 5 CONCEPTS: Jaguar CX-16: England

This shoot was crazy. The car was in a factory showroom with terrible lighting and could not be moved. I worked remotely with British photographer James Arbuckle in real time—across timezones from California to England—to come up with a concept that would work in this difficult situation He managed to pull off not only this lead shot, but the brilliant cover image as well. 

2 of 5 CONCEPTS: Acura NSX: New York City

2 of 5 CONCEPTS: Acura NSX: New York City

This show car was being loaned to us from the New York Auto Show for only a few hours to do our shoot. Working closely with photographer
Renato Zacchia, we discovered this awesomely textured studio in Brooklyn—a perfect contrast to the sleek, smooth lines of the NSX. Working
back-and-forth remotely between New York & California, I was able to work with Renato to come up with this very cool shot. And the texture on 
the wall worked beautifully behind the headline. 

3 of 5 CONCEPTS: Lamborghini Aventador J: Bologna, Italy

3 of 5 CONCEPTS: Lamborghini Aventador J: Bologna, Italy

Working with Italian photographer Wolfango Spaccarelli, we were restricted to shooting inside the Lamborghini factory... not a bad place to be! Working yet again in remote collaboration, we chose the monochromatic tones of this spray booth to contrast with the wickedly exotic shapes of Lamborghini's extreme show car. The combination of contrasting colors and textures make this Lambo look absolutely stunning.

4 of 5 CONCEPTS: BMW i8: New York City

4 of 5 CONCEPTS: BMW i8: New York City

Another car borrowed from the New York Auto Show with just  few hours to shoot, we returned to Brooklyn to shoot the BMW i8 concept. Again, I utilized the talents of Renato Zacchia to shoot this wild concept car. The rough textures of the background lent a perfect contrast to the swoopy shapes of the BMW. And again, we spent the shoot communicating back and forth between east and west coasts to deliver just the right image.

5 of 5 CONCEPTS: Cadillac Ciel: Detroit, Michigan

5 of 5 CONCEPTS: Cadillac Ciel: Detroit, Michigan

Working with GM shooters on this one, our options were pretty limited, and I did not want to add a fake background. My solution here was to add the texture of typography in the background to help round out this group of concept cars for this cover story. I chose to clip the crop of the Ciel to create additional visual tension as well. Certainly a shape that has
incredible presence all on its own. 

Cycle World TRAVEL & ADVENTURE magazine

Cycle World TRAVEL & ADVENTURE magazine

This stunning image showing the majesty of Mt Fitz Roy on the border between Argentina and Chile was hard to resist for the lead to this travel story.

 

ROAD & TRACK cover story: McLaren MP4-12C

ROAD & TRACK cover story: McLaren MP4-12C

Our first long-awaited drive of the MP4-12C took us to Europe and trusty Englishman Patrick Gosling to shoot the photos for us. The brief here for the layout of this story was to show our readers not only awesome images, but technical details and the backstory as well. 

 Rich, saturated telephoto images in juxtaposition with wide angle images were selected to draw the viewer in to the details of the McLaren.

Rich, saturated telephoto images in juxtaposition with wide angle images were selected to draw the viewer in to the details of the McLaren.

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 Not only did we shoot the McLaren in Europe, but because of inside connections at Boeing in Seattle, we were able to gain access for the photo of the MP4-12C with the carbon-fiber fuselage of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Both the McLaren and the 787 use the same carbon-fiber technology. Lensman Marc Urbano handled the duties for this one.

Not only did we shoot the McLaren in Europe, but because of inside connections at Boeing in Seattle, we were able to gain access for the photo of the MP4-12C with the carbon-fiber fuselage of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Both the McLaren and the 787 use the same carbon-fiber technology. Lensman Marc Urbano handled the duties for this one.

First reveal of the Corvette ZR1

First reveal of the Corvette ZR1

This shoot was a challenge. All 4 major US car magazines were given the choice to shoot the car before its official unveiling, using the same photographer GM hired for the shoot, Jim Fets. Problem was, everybody had to use the same bleak, secure  test track in the Arizona desert, and the same color car. All three other books chose to shoot the car on the banking of the track, and all of their covers looked identical—front 3/4 view, car-to-car. I decided to shoot the car inside the secure building the car was stored in to keep it out of site of prying aircraft. Our cover was unique, and it paid off—we sold more copies of this issue than any of our competitors. 

Corvette ZR1 cover story reveal.

Corvette ZR1 cover story reveal.

Again, knowing that most of our competitors would likely shoot the lead intro shot out on the test track, I art directed our lead photo to evoke a sense of mystery, of being secretly revealed from inside a mysterious secure location. Corvette fans were clamoring to see what this car looked like, and I did reveal glorious details on the following pages, but building tension for the full reveal told a huge part of the story of the all-new ZR1.

ROAD & TRACK cover story: Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano

ROAD & TRACK cover story: Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano

The challenge here was to shoot this all-new Ferrari at the factory in Italy. But Ferrari stated we could not drive the car. So, naturally, I assigned French maestro Stephane Foulon for the job. I knew Stephane was the best photographer to shoot in a situation like this, and he delivered in spades. We decided to rely heavily on the industrial textures of the factory to contrast with the sexy shapes of the 599. 

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Camaro with the heart of a ZR1 Corvette.

Camaro with the heart of a ZR1 Corvette.

Hennessey's HPE700 Camaro was such a sinister car (700-bhp!!) that I wanted to shoot it at a 'Bat Cave' type of location…at night. I chose the Geiger-like Oakley HQ in Southern California, which fit the bill perfectly. Photographer Jeff Allen pulled of this technically difficult shot brilliantly, though did question my sanity when I asked him to shoot a dark grey car at night!

Aussie Art

Aussie Art

discovered the art of Australian artist James Corbett online one day and was blown away by it. It turned out to be a fun discovery to hear from James how he crafted these amazing sculptures from old car parts. My play on words in the headline seemed to fit the character of his work nicely.
Location, location, location.

Location, location, location.

Shooting BMW's high-performance hybrid concept car, for me, demanded a juxtaposition of old technology vs. new for the location. The choice was Southern California's Los Alamitos power plant. Photographer Bruce Benedict beautifully blended natural and studio lighting for the effect. It was so cold the morning of this shoot, the cars' handlers would not let the car out of the trailer until well after daybreak for fear the fragile paint coating on this prototype would crack off!

Ultimate Porsches.

Ultimate Porsches.

Iconic Porsche 911s demand a treatment that shows off the drivers' nature of these cars. Remote camera mounts help provide the sense of
thundering down deserted roads at daybreak. Makes the reader want to be there. Which is exactly why I chose this image for the lead.
Tip of the hat to photographer Barry Hathaway.

Ferrari's Fastest.

Ferrari's Fastest.

Blending the aggressive cornering stance with a schematic of the heart of this Ferrari F12berlinetta was the logical combination to introduce this latest Ferrari to our readers. Simple. Succinct. To the point. 

Porsche 917. What's not to love?

Porsche 917. What's not to love?

Combining some of the most awesome race cars ever—the Porsche 917—and some of its most masterful drivers—with one of the most awesome automotive photographers ever—Jeff Zwart—is a magical potion. Pure. Simple. Dramatic. Job done...

Porsche 917 continued…

Porsche 917 continued…

...more of Jeff Zwart's wonderful images. I chose a clean, simple grid to play the cars, the drivers and the mechanical parts off of each other...

...Porsche 917

...Porsche 917

...and the finish of this feature. This story was a synopsis of a book that Zwart had produced on the 917, and I had to edit his book images down to the essence of the character of its contents. A hard thing to do, but certainly a luscious taste, leading the reader towards buying this wonderful book.

Ferraris to Goodwood.

Ferraris to Goodwood.

What's it like to drive three Ferraris across Europe from Italy to England? Well, a lot like this. Great roads. Great cars. Sometimes this is all you need to convey a feeling. Photo is by John Lamm.
Lotus 340 R

Lotus 340 R

Like an alien spacecraft, this other-worldly looking Lotus demanded a simple, stark, yet powerfull-looking location. We chose this industrial storage facility to compliment the exotic nature of this car. The photographer was Guy Spangenberg.

Rosso Ferrari

Rosso Ferrari

This is the contents page for one of the issues of Rosso Ferrari magazine I art directed and produced for several years. The magazine was the official publication for Ferrari of North America.

Ruf CTR3

Ruf CTR3

The stealthy road warrior character of this exotic led me to this image for the lead. The photo evokes a feeling of being passed by a speeding, shark-like grey mass of horsepower.

In your face!

In your face!

The return of the high-horsepower Boss 302 Mustang was a big deal to Mustang enthusiasts, so I directed photographer Marc Urbano to capture the essence of the cars' power thundering through a corner and bursting across the pavement, as though is was ready to drive over the viewer. 

True classics

True classics

The combination of classic architecture with a 'modern classic' Ferrari deserved a classic layout. The design is letting the photo be the great photo that it is. And that great photo is by John Lamm.

Car of the future?

Car of the future?

For this story on the Fisker Karma hybrid, I wanted to find a location that said 'future.' We decided to use the Biosphere 2 Project space in Arizona, which has the look of a futuristic space outpost. I did the post production work on the image to give it a bit more 'grit.' Photo is by Guy Spangenberg.

Indy 500@100 years old

Indy 500@100 years old

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 race, we did a series of stories with Indy champions-cars & drivers. 1986 Indy 500 winner Bobby Rahal did the driving chores for us in this 1912 National, photographed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. I designed the spread to evoke a then & now, black & white checkered flag, which carried through to the rest of the stories in this multi-part series..

Drifting away…

Drifting away…

Four Lamborghini's together in an abandoned hanger presented the perfect opportunity for me to set up this shot. Our driver was famous Lambo test driver Valentino Balboni, so when I asked him if he could drift this Gallardo within a few feet of the noses of the other three Lambos, he replied 'it is no problem!' and away we went. No harm, no foul. And our video was spectacular as well!

Technology warp

Technology warp

This story celebrating 100 years of American sports cars brought us to the Wasatch Mountain range in Utah. Comparing and contrasting these two cars on twisty mountain roads and sweeping racetrack curves the following day was good fun. I coordinated a lot of the pieces of this story including the still & video photography, arranging the Stutz as well as a helicopter for our track photography. Being on location art directing as we proceed through the day is invaluable to me in providing a great final result.

Contrast.

Contrast.

I love to see contrasts in the photography I art direct. Juxtaposing textures makes for fascinating images. In this case, the backdrop was—a sewage treatment plant! The clean silver of the Mercedes SLS 'pops' nicely against the concrete industrial background. The location was actually impeccably clean and odor free! Jeff Allen was the brave shooter for this image.

Call a spider a spider...

Call a spider a spider...

This is actually a press photo. We were not allowed to bring a photographer on this drive, so I did my best to select a unique image, crop it as best i could for effect, and make my graphics work with the photo. I worked closely with the author on the story to push the headline past a bit of an editorial roadblock so we ended up with a dynamic, provocative lead spread.

Ferrari FXX

Ferrari FXX

The most technically advanced road-going Ferrari's of their day lent themselves to this layout...here they are, big as life...climb aboard and rock 'n roll.

Memories…

Memories…

Juxtaposing new and old images for story can always be a challenge. In this case, the story was about a Jaguar XK120 raced by Phil Hill. The important thing to convey was how different things were in 1950 when the car was contemporary. Using an image where the spectators were casually watching the race car from a few feet away really helped set the tone for how different things were back then. And today, it sits pristinely on a concours lawn. Quite a contrast.

Urban warrior

Urban warrior

Strength and elegance are the key components of this layout. The image makes an incredibly bold statement.
Again, contrasts make this work so well.  Bold, yet brutal.

ROAD & TRACK cover story: Audi R8's at Indy

ROAD & TRACK cover story: Audi R8's at Indy

With the opportunity to shoot every model of Audi R8 made—including their current race car—my photo assignment naturally went to Marc Urbano, who earned his shooting chops in our west coast photo studio. The visual story of these awesome exotics driving around the most famous racetrack in America—The Indianapolis Motor Speedway— needed to be told in a stunning fashion, and Marc delivered the goods. Telling the story in a compelling fashion with details and performance graphics has always been a part of the package R&T readers lusted after every month.

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Riverside International Raceway

Published February 2015. I designed this 204-page book—a  celebration of the historic Riverside Raceway in Southern California. The book covers the races and drivers that helped create the story of this legendary racetrack. Written by motorsports authority Pete Lyons. To purchase books, please visit: http://www.petelyons.com/books.html

Riverside International Raceway book design

Endsheet design for Riverside International Raceway book

Riverside International Raceway book design

Title page design for Riverside International Raceway book

Riverside International Raceway book design

Legendary racer Dan Gurney wrote the foreword for the book

Riverside International Raceway book design

Page design for Riverside International Raceway book

Riverside International Raceway book design

Page design for Riverside International Raceway book

Lauren at the Louvre.

The majestic elegance of these awesome classics naturally called for simplicity in layout design. The simplest approach is oftentimes the most sophisticated. Long-time associate John Lamm was the only photographer allowed access to shoot this exhibit prior to its opening to the public
for this feature in Road & Track.

Cycle World TRAVEL & ADVENTURE magazine

This evocative image didn't need much help in selling itself as the lead. Pure emotion. Like you are there. 

ROAD & TRACK cover story: Lexus LF-LC Concept car.

I organized and art directed this two-day shoot in two separate secure locations prior to the cars' unveiling to the rest of the world's automotive press. I also designed the story as well. Photographed at Calty Design, Toyota's hyper-secure design HQ in Newport Beach, California and
South Bay Studios in Los Angeles. Photos by Barry Hathaway.

...we opted for a dramatic top-lighting effect to highlight the aggressive stance of the LF-LC, and carried that concept thru to the detail shots.
Barry's mastery of the studio as well as location photography made him a perfect choice for this assignment...

...the dramatic and unique roof styling mirrors the organic interior highlighted here. Organizing and directing shoots like this
have been a mainstay of my role as the Design Director at ROAD & TRACK.

Cycle World TRAVEL & ADVENTURE magazine

Out there...a Russian motorcycle, with a sidecar, in Baja California. The sense of the vast and lonely landscape worked perfectly in this lead image.

 

ROAD & TRACK cover story: July 2012

This story was a fun challenge. I had to coordinate and art direct the
photography and locations of 5 concept show cars in 4 different locales
around the world within a two week window...

1 of 5 CONCEPTS: Jaguar CX-16: England

This shoot was crazy. The car was in a factory showroom with terrible lighting and could not be moved. I worked remotely with British photographer James Arbuckle in real time—across timezones from California to England—to come up with a concept that would work in this difficult situation He managed to pull off not only this lead shot, but the brilliant cover image as well. 

2 of 5 CONCEPTS: Acura NSX: New York City

This show car was being loaned to us from the New York Auto Show for only a few hours to do our shoot. Working closely with photographer
Renato Zacchia, we discovered this awesomely textured studio in Brooklyn—a perfect contrast to the sleek, smooth lines of the NSX. Working
back-and-forth remotely between New York & California, I was able to work with Renato to come up with this very cool shot. And the texture on 
the wall worked beautifully behind the headline. 

3 of 5 CONCEPTS: Lamborghini Aventador J: Bologna, Italy

Working with Italian photographer Wolfango Spaccarelli, we were restricted to shooting inside the Lamborghini factory... not a bad place to be! Working yet again in remote collaboration, we chose the monochromatic tones of this spray booth to contrast with the wickedly exotic shapes of Lamborghini's extreme show car. The combination of contrasting colors and textures make this Lambo look absolutely stunning.

4 of 5 CONCEPTS: BMW i8: New York City

Another car borrowed from the New York Auto Show with just  few hours to shoot, we returned to Brooklyn to shoot the BMW i8 concept. Again, I utilized the talents of Renato Zacchia to shoot this wild concept car. The rough textures of the background lent a perfect contrast to the swoopy shapes of the BMW. And again, we spent the shoot communicating back and forth between east and west coasts to deliver just the right image.

5 of 5 CONCEPTS: Cadillac Ciel: Detroit, Michigan

Working with GM shooters on this one, our options were pretty limited, and I did not want to add a fake background. My solution here was to add the texture of typography in the background to help round out this group of concept cars for this cover story. I chose to clip the crop of the Ciel to create additional visual tension as well. Certainly a shape that has
incredible presence all on its own. 

Cycle World TRAVEL & ADVENTURE magazine

This stunning image showing the majesty of Mt Fitz Roy on the border between Argentina and Chile was hard to resist for the lead to this travel story.

 

ROAD & TRACK cover story: McLaren MP4-12C

Our first long-awaited drive of the MP4-12C took us to Europe and trusty Englishman Patrick Gosling to shoot the photos for us. The brief here for the layout of this story was to show our readers not only awesome images, but technical details and the backstory as well. 

Rich, saturated telephoto images in juxtaposition with wide angle images were selected to draw the viewer in to the details of the McLaren.

Not only did we shoot the McLaren in Europe, but because of inside connections at Boeing in Seattle, we were able to gain access for the photo of the MP4-12C with the carbon-fiber fuselage of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Both the McLaren and the 787 use the same carbon-fiber technology. Lensman Marc Urbano handled the duties for this one.

First reveal of the Corvette ZR1

This shoot was a challenge. All 4 major US car magazines were given the choice to shoot the car before its official unveiling, using the same photographer GM hired for the shoot, Jim Fets. Problem was, everybody had to use the same bleak, secure  test track in the Arizona desert, and the same color car. All three other books chose to shoot the car on the banking of the track, and all of their covers looked identical—front 3/4 view, car-to-car. I decided to shoot the car inside the secure building the car was stored in to keep it out of site of prying aircraft. Our cover was unique, and it paid off—we sold more copies of this issue than any of our competitors. 

Corvette ZR1 cover story reveal.

Again, knowing that most of our competitors would likely shoot the lead intro shot out on the test track, I art directed our lead photo to evoke a sense of mystery, of being secretly revealed from inside a mysterious secure location. Corvette fans were clamoring to see what this car looked like, and I did reveal glorious details on the following pages, but building tension for the full reveal told a huge part of the story of the all-new ZR1.

ROAD & TRACK cover story: Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano

The challenge here was to shoot this all-new Ferrari at the factory in Italy. But Ferrari stated we could not drive the car. So, naturally, I assigned French maestro Stephane Foulon for the job. I knew Stephane was the best photographer to shoot in a situation like this, and he delivered in spades. We decided to rely heavily on the industrial textures of the factory to contrast with the sexy shapes of the 599. 

Camaro with the heart of a ZR1 Corvette.

Hennessey's HPE700 Camaro was such a sinister car (700-bhp!!) that I wanted to shoot it at a 'Bat Cave' type of location…at night. I chose the Geiger-like Oakley HQ in Southern California, which fit the bill perfectly. Photographer Jeff Allen pulled of this technically difficult shot brilliantly, though did question my sanity when I asked him to shoot a dark grey car at night!

Aussie Art

discovered the art of Australian artist James Corbett online one day and was blown away by it. It turned out to be a fun discovery to hear from James how he crafted these amazing sculptures from old car parts. My play on words in the headline seemed to fit the character of his work nicely.

Location, location, location.

Shooting BMW's high-performance hybrid concept car, for me, demanded a juxtaposition of old technology vs. new for the location. The choice was Southern California's Los Alamitos power plant. Photographer Bruce Benedict beautifully blended natural and studio lighting for the effect. It was so cold the morning of this shoot, the cars' handlers would not let the car out of the trailer until well after daybreak for fear the fragile paint coating on this prototype would crack off!

Ultimate Porsches.

Iconic Porsche 911s demand a treatment that shows off the drivers' nature of these cars. Remote camera mounts help provide the sense of
thundering down deserted roads at daybreak. Makes the reader want to be there. Which is exactly why I chose this image for the lead.
Tip of the hat to photographer Barry Hathaway.

Ferrari's Fastest.

Blending the aggressive cornering stance with a schematic of the heart of this Ferrari F12berlinetta was the logical combination to introduce this latest Ferrari to our readers. Simple. Succinct. To the point. 

Porsche 917. What's not to love?

Combining some of the most awesome race cars ever—the Porsche 917—and some of its most masterful drivers—with one of the most awesome automotive photographers ever—Jeff Zwart—is a magical potion. Pure. Simple. Dramatic. Job done...

Porsche 917 continued…

...more of Jeff Zwart's wonderful images. I chose a clean, simple grid to play the cars, the drivers and the mechanical parts off of each other...

...Porsche 917

...and the finish of this feature. This story was a synopsis of a book that Zwart had produced on the 917, and I had to edit his book images down to the essence of the character of its contents. A hard thing to do, but certainly a luscious taste, leading the reader towards buying this wonderful book.

Ferraris to Goodwood.

What's it like to drive three Ferraris across Europe from Italy to England? Well, a lot like this. Great roads. Great cars. Sometimes this is all you need to convey a feeling. Photo is by John Lamm.

Lotus 340 R

Like an alien spacecraft, this other-worldly looking Lotus demanded a simple, stark, yet powerfull-looking location. We chose this industrial storage facility to compliment the exotic nature of this car. The photographer was Guy Spangenberg.

Rosso Ferrari

This is the contents page for one of the issues of Rosso Ferrari magazine I art directed and produced for several years. The magazine was the official publication for Ferrari of North America.

Ruf CTR3

The stealthy road warrior character of this exotic led me to this image for the lead. The photo evokes a feeling of being passed by a speeding, shark-like grey mass of horsepower.

In your face!

The return of the high-horsepower Boss 302 Mustang was a big deal to Mustang enthusiasts, so I directed photographer Marc Urbano to capture the essence of the cars' power thundering through a corner and bursting across the pavement, as though is was ready to drive over the viewer. 

True classics

The combination of classic architecture with a 'modern classic' Ferrari deserved a classic layout. The design is letting the photo be the great photo that it is. And that great photo is by John Lamm.

Car of the future?

For this story on the Fisker Karma hybrid, I wanted to find a location that said 'future.' We decided to use the Biosphere 2 Project space in Arizona, which has the look of a futuristic space outpost. I did the post production work on the image to give it a bit more 'grit.' Photo is by Guy Spangenberg.

Indy 500@100 years old

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 race, we did a series of stories with Indy champions-cars & drivers. 1986 Indy 500 winner Bobby Rahal did the driving chores for us in this 1912 National, photographed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. I designed the spread to evoke a then & now, black & white checkered flag, which carried through to the rest of the stories in this multi-part series..

Drifting away…

Four Lamborghini's together in an abandoned hanger presented the perfect opportunity for me to set up this shot. Our driver was famous Lambo test driver Valentino Balboni, so when I asked him if he could drift this Gallardo within a few feet of the noses of the other three Lambos, he replied 'it is no problem!' and away we went. No harm, no foul. And our video was spectacular as well!

Technology warp

This story celebrating 100 years of American sports cars brought us to the Wasatch Mountain range in Utah. Comparing and contrasting these two cars on twisty mountain roads and sweeping racetrack curves the following day was good fun. I coordinated a lot of the pieces of this story including the still & video photography, arranging the Stutz as well as a helicopter for our track photography. Being on location art directing as we proceed through the day is invaluable to me in providing a great final result.

Contrast.

I love to see contrasts in the photography I art direct. Juxtaposing textures makes for fascinating images. In this case, the backdrop was—a sewage treatment plant! The clean silver of the Mercedes SLS 'pops' nicely against the concrete industrial background. The location was actually impeccably clean and odor free! Jeff Allen was the brave shooter for this image.

Call a spider a spider...

This is actually a press photo. We were not allowed to bring a photographer on this drive, so I did my best to select a unique image, crop it as best i could for effect, and make my graphics work with the photo. I worked closely with the author on the story to push the headline past a bit of an editorial roadblock so we ended up with a dynamic, provocative lead spread.

Ferrari FXX

The most technically advanced road-going Ferrari's of their day lent themselves to this layout...here they are, big as life...climb aboard and rock 'n roll.

Memories…

Juxtaposing new and old images for story can always be a challenge. In this case, the story was about a Jaguar XK120 raced by Phil Hill. The important thing to convey was how different things were in 1950 when the car was contemporary. Using an image where the spectators were casually watching the race car from a few feet away really helped set the tone for how different things were back then. And today, it sits pristinely on a concours lawn. Quite a contrast.

Urban warrior

Strength and elegance are the key components of this layout. The image makes an incredibly bold statement.
Again, contrasts make this work so well.  Bold, yet brutal.

ROAD & TRACK cover story: Audi R8's at Indy

With the opportunity to shoot every model of Audi R8 made—including their current race car—my photo assignment naturally went to Marc Urbano, who earned his shooting chops in our west coast photo studio. The visual story of these awesome exotics driving around the most famous racetrack in America—The Indianapolis Motor Speedway— needed to be told in a stunning fashion, and Marc delivered the goods. Telling the story in a compelling fashion with details and performance graphics has always been a part of the package R&T readers lusted after every month.

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Riverside International Raceway
Riverside International Raceway    book design
Riverside International Raceway    book design
Riverside International Raceway    book design
Riverside International Raceway    book design
Riverside International Raceway    book design
Lauren at the Louvre.
Cycle World TRAVEL & ADVENTURE magazine
ROAD & TRACK cover story: Lexus LF-LC Concept car.
 ...we opted for a dramatic top-lighting effect to highlight the aggressive stance of the LF-LC, and carried that concept thru to the detail shots.  Barry's mastery of the studio as well as location photography made him a perfect choice for this assignment...
 ...the dramatic and unique roof styling mirrors the organic interior highlighted here. Organizing and directing shoots like this  have been a mainstay of my role as the Design Director at ROAD & TRACK.
Cycle World TRAVEL & ADVENTURE magazine
ROAD & TRACK cover story: July 2012
1 of 5 CONCEPTS: Jaguar CX-16: England
2 of 5 CONCEPTS: Acura NSX: New York City
3 of 5 CONCEPTS: Lamborghini Aventador J: Bologna, Italy
4 of 5 CONCEPTS: BMW i8: New York City
5 of 5 CONCEPTS: Cadillac Ciel: Detroit, Michigan
Cycle World TRAVEL & ADVENTURE magazine
ROAD & TRACK cover story: McLaren MP4-12C
 Rich, saturated telephoto images in juxtaposition with wide angle images were selected to draw the viewer in to the details of the McLaren.
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 Not only did we shoot the McLaren in Europe, but because of inside connections at Boeing in Seattle, we were able to gain access for the photo of the MP4-12C with the carbon-fiber fuselage of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Both the McLaren and the 787 use the same carbon-fiber technology. Lensman Marc Urbano handled the duties for this one.
First reveal of the Corvette ZR1
Corvette ZR1 cover story reveal.
ROAD & TRACK cover story: Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano
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Camaro with the heart of a ZR1 Corvette.
Aussie Art
Location, location, location.
Ultimate Porsches.
Ferrari's Fastest.
Porsche 917. What's not to love?
Porsche 917 continued…
...Porsche 917
Ferraris to Goodwood.
Lotus 340 R
Rosso Ferrari
Ruf CTR3
In your face!
True classics
Car of the future?
Indy 500@100 years old
Drifting away…
Technology warp
Contrast.
Call a spider a spider...
Ferrari FXX
Memories…
Urban warrior
ROAD & TRACK cover story: Audi R8's at Indy
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