Michael Paul Smith

Michael Paul Smith

Posted on 06/08/2013

Photo taken on May 26, 2013

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A '32 Ford Hot Rod Named Poison Ivy

A '32 Ford Hot Rod Named Poison Ivy
By the late '50s, Hot Rod Clubs were sprouting all over the country and
Elgin Park had it's own club; The Night Ramblers.
Out of the dozen or so cars in the club, Poison Ivy, a black 3 window Ford coupe that was mildly modified, led the pack in terms of coolness.
It even beat out the '56 Corvette and '57 Chevy.
Here is a photo taken at one of the gatherings, back in the day. As you can see, Poison Ivy had that "certain something" that turned heads.
Rumor had it a '55 Merc engine was going to replace the modified V8.

On a different note... when I downloaded this photo from my camera, the image had a slight painterly quality to it, for some reason. A faulty sensor, a weak battery or an incorrect setting? I'll never know, but I liked the end result.

The Diecast cars are from the Danbury and Franklin Mint.
The '32 Ford itself is cobbled together from both manufacturers.

Dennis, B C, 54 Ford Customline, Barry's Sketchbook have particularly liked this photo

Mel Francis
Mel Francis
Great stuff, Michael! I just watched American Graffitti again the other evening, noticing all the night shots and with your mentioning the Night Ramblers, ...........perhaps you could do a late sunset outdoor shot, with these cars.
4 years ago. Edited 4 years ago.
Michael Paul Smith
Michael Paul Smith
I too just watched American Graffiti and it still holds up as a great film.
It recorded the last fading rays of an era.
The ambient sound in the movie, such as hearing snippets of songs in passing cars or the random yells of kids echoing down the street, gave everything a surreal feeling.
And one more thing, when the character of Richard Dreyfuss is hooking up the cable to the police car's rear axel, on the soundtrack there is an approaching train which gets louder as the film action gets more intense.
It was a brilliant use of incidental sound.

Mel, I would love to do a late sunset shot with the Hot Rods and will certainly keep it in mind. Seeing those vehicles in that kind of light conjures up all sorts of delicious feelings.
4 years ago.
I am with PhotosByVic :)
4 years ago.