Not in Kansas anymore...wait I guess we are
posted in: juxtaposed machine's garage on October 10, 2008 at 05:15 PM
Sometimes things don’t always work like they are supposed to. However, I have always lived by the mantra that everything happens for a reason. Back in April I was photographing a beautiful ‘34 Ford Victoria owned by Bob Hochstetler when his friend Mike DeVriendt started visiting with me about a car he was finishing up. It was a ‘46 Ford Sportsman convertible with an Ardun flathead. My eyes lit up and without even seeing a photo of the car, I knew it was one I wanted to shoot. Mike has always built nice cars, so I knew this one would be just as outstanding as the rest. Plus it was a Sportsman! He told me there was a good chance he would have it done for the NSRA event in Springfield come late May. So we planned for a shoot at that event. We both showed up at the event and the car was a knockout. However, the weather was horrible all weekend long and we were never able to get a shoot in. We visited about future events he was planning to attend. He thought he might be going to Goodguys Columbus or the Nationals in Louisville. If he attended either one, he would stop in my town on the way there for a shoot. Well, Mike wasn’t able to get away for the Columbus event and he was sick during Louisville. Thats when we decided the best thing to do would be meet halfway. Luckily, I had remembered reading in high school about a place called Monument Rocks in western Kansas. It stuck in my head because it looked like Utah in the middle of the flatlands. As luck would have it, Monument Rocks would make a great halfway meeting point. So we met there a couple of weeks ago and everything went fantastic. The scenery was breathtaking, the weather was gorgeous, and the car looked better than ever. The results were some of the best photos I have ever taken. That was an evening when everything just lined up perfectly. Although back in May it was frustrating that we were not able to get a shoot in, we were both glad that it didn’t happen. I got some outstanding photos out of it and Mike had made some changes to the car since the last time I had seen it. To say the least, we were both happy with the way things turned out. Be sure to look for a future issue of Street Rod Builder magazine to see more of the photos of Mike DeVriendts beautiful ‘46 Ford Sportsman Convertible.