Author Archives: Ian Merritt

About Ian Merritt

Ian D. Merritt is a commercial, editorial, and automotive photographer and journalist living in Chicago.

Shinyside.net’s newest addition




Hey Shinysiders! It’s been a long summer and just before we get geared up for our long winter, I wanted to introduce you all to Shinyside.net’s newest member, Mr. Robby DeGraff. Continue reading

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1931 Ford Model ‘A’ Roadster




Actually, this vehicle is a 1931 indented firewall twin side mount Model A Roadster. But who’s splitting hairs? um… The Ford collectors, that’s who. Continue reading

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Open Wheeled Racing – Chicagoland Speedway




Today in Joliet, specifically on the infield at Chicagoland Speedway, the temperature hit a high of 91 degrees. Which seems totally bearable if I wasn’t spending my day suited up in a fire-retardant auto racing suit complete with a head-sock and helmet. Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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Inside the Subaru Rally Team USA garage.




What better way to start off the newest section on ShinySide.net than to take a photographic tour of the greatest automotive garage in all of Vermont… Welcome to the official Subaru Rally Team USA (SRT USA) garage, better known as Vermont SportsCar. Continue reading

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1996 Porsche 911 Twin Turbo (993)




Not surprisingly, the Porsche 911 has been around for more than 45 years. Somewhere near it’s 30th birthday (draw your over-the-hill comparisons now), Porsche designed and produced one of it’s greatest cars yet, the Type 993. Continue reading

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1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster




I’m going to shimmy out on a high altitude tree limb and express my views on the the 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster: This is the prettiest car. Ever. Continue reading

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