Swap ‘N Shop

I love swap meets. Big or small, swap meets give me a chance to see some cool stuff, and possibly buy it if the price is right. My dad raised me to go after a good deal, so I’ve been going to swap meets with him for as long as I can remember. From the good ol’ days at the Corvette Expo (when it actually had a great swap meet) to our most recent adventures, my dad and I enjoy hunting down a good deal.

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The Forge Muscle Car Show

I guess this can be considered a “classic” event coverage, or maybe I could say this is “from the vault”. My dad and I attended this event back in 2006 and it still stands as one of the greatest car shows I’ve ever seen. It certainly didn’t have quantity, but the quality and rarity of the cars really made up for the overall size. It was only held in Chattanooga, Tennessee for one year, and I’m glad I had my camera with me.

The Forge Muscle Car Show

One of several legendary Hemi cars in attendance. It’s incredible how simple the engines were…Hemi with two big ol’ carburetors.

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Hot Rod Reunion 2012

June is undoubtedly my busiest time of the year, especially with the Great Race, which is a 13-day affair this year. Last year, the Great Race knocked me out of going to my favorite event, the NHRA Hot Rod Reunion in Bowling Green, Kentucky, so I wasn’t exactly pleased by that. However, the dates changed for the 2012 Great Race, so it opened up Father’s Day weekend and allowed my dad and I to head up to Bowling Green for a few days.

NHRA Hot Rod Reunion 2012

Practiced my pan shots from my favorite spot on the spectator side fence. Long burnouts are pretty common so it’s a great place to get cool, rolling burnout photos.


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Craziest Model A Ever…

A few months ago I had the opportunity to photograph what I believe is the wildest Model A on this planet. I want to start off by saying that a car like this isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but if you like over-the-top, wickedly fast cars, then you’ll enjoy it thoroughly. The owner called me and gave me some details on the car, as well as a link to a few build photos. It was just too crazy of a car to pass up, so we made several attempts to shoot it. Mechanical problems caused a few hiccups, but we finally got together and shot it. With all of the failed attempts I had taken many pictures of the car, so with about 400 photos on file, I’d say I pretty well covered this car from head to toe. Unfortunately, Hot Rod magazine would only use 8 photos in the car’s feature, but I’m very happy with the way it turned out!

Byrd Photo

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Clutch Explosions are Scary

They’re pretty rare these days, but clutch explosions have always been an extremely dangerous side effect of too much horsepower, too much rpm or a significant parts failure. Sometimes it isn’t the clutch that causes the problem–it can also be an issue with the flywheel or pressure plate or the bolts that attach them. Regardless of the origin of the problem, it’s catastrophic to say the least.

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The Henry J Saga–Part 2

In part one of my Henry J saga, you read about my first inspiration to own a Henry J, which was my dad’s drag car if you do not recall. What didn’t reach the surface was my excitement each and every time I saw a Henry J at a car show. I am still very attracted to these cars, even if they aren’t built to suit my tastes, so if I see one, you can bet I’ll be checking it out thoroughly. I’ve probably seen 100 Henry J’s in my life, and I can appreciate all of them.

All along the way, I’ve taken pictures of EVERY Henry J I’ve laid eyes on, and I still do the same today. If I see a Henry J I take a picture of it. With this in mind, I figured Part 2 of my saga will show my ongoing inspiration to buy and build a Henry J. This blog won’t be nearly as wordy as Part 1, but you’ll see some of my favorite J’s through the years. Check ’em out!

Byrd Photo

Okay, so I didn't take this picture...it's another Henry J my dad owned. He never raced it to my knowledge.

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The Henry J Saga–Part 1

People ask me all the time what my favorite car is…especially people who aren’t really in the car guy realm. When non car people talk to car people it seems like this is their go-to question to break the ice. It’s always hard for me to answer because I like a bunch of different cars for many different reasons. Corvettes are a strong contender, especially those built from 1963 to 1967, but one car that has always stood out as a favorite is the Henry J. Most people have never heard of Henry J, but I learned about them when I was just a kid.

Byrd Photo

My dad's Henry J gasser...Dr. Feelgood. I love this car.

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