Carolina Classics




This winter I took a trip down the eastern seaboard (and subsequently down memory lane) to North Carolina to visit some old friends and to see my sister-in-law. While down there I met up with a dear friend who’s father has a 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC that is being rebuilt from the ground up. I couldn’t help but go along for a ride and head down to the shop where it was being worked on. It was an amazing drive that allowed me to sneak in a couple of hours of passenger seat time in a late 50′s 300SL roadster. Not too shabby…

Once we arrived I was blown away by the number of beautiful cars on display and in various forms of reconstruction. I saw matching (and simply put, perfect) 1970 AMX 390′s, old Corvettes, Ford’s, Mercedes-Benz E Coupes and SL’s, a 911 GT3, and one open wheeled racer. The building NEXT to the garage made my head spin with envy. I’m pretty sure I know where I’ll be heading when I’m ready to purchase that 2 seater I’ve always had my eye on…

But the apple of my eye, by far, was the Pebble Beach winning Aston Martin DB4S. What a lady killer. Words can’t describe how amazing working restoration shops are. Restoring 50 year old cars to museum quality is truly an art form. And when you are surrounded by so many amazing, rare, and utterly pristine automobiles, it’s hard to comprehend that you are sitting in the middle of hundreds of thousands of man hours worth of glass, rubber, and steel.

Sigh. As you can see, words don’t do any justice to the vehicles surrounding us. So just check out the photographs. As usual, downloadable photos can be found here: Shiny Side Flickr

About Ian Merritt

Ian D. Merritt is a commercial, editorial, and automotive photographer and journalist living in Chicago.
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One Response to Carolina Classics

  1. Moe Martinez says:

    that is just stupendous!

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