Smog is something that’s a strange, yet familiar smell. Like a mix of trash dumpster and exhaust fumes. It filled the air of my vehicle interior as I navigated my way down highway 101 and into the cramped hillsides of Hollywood California. The sky was pitch black as the headlights of my Tacoma projected a barley noticeable view of the steep narrow winding roadways, passing through what seemed like a sleepy hilltop neighborhood barricaded by privacy fences and the shadows of trees.
I eventually trekked my way through the twists and turns until I reached the pre-scheduled destination, a roadside view of the iconic Hollywood hill top. There I sat. Sipping my coffee, waiting for the sun to rise and my client to show up. While imagining how I would compose the scene, at that moment, a light began to peek over the hazy mountain top — and then my subject approached in a rumble of classic muscle car.
This was the morning I met Tonya Kay.
Working as a project for The SpeedGirls Magazine, my subject Tony is a very accomplished movie actor and she owns her own production company; a burlesques show, and surprisingly is a true gearhead. She wooed me with her knowledge of past automotive projects and also her professionalism of modeling. And although the sun never completely appeared that morning, the ambient cover of smog gave way to beautiful scenery and contrast of the photoshoot.
The Ferrari Testarossa is a timeless classic, and placed exotic cars on a different level from standard vehicles. This 1990 Ferrari 512 TR is one of the last of its kind, and one can say that the square, linear 1980’s styling is the pinnacle of car design, but it can also be looked at as the beginning of modern car era.
The C7 Z06 is quoted by Chevrolet at as the pinnacle of Corvettes. That they could no longer push the car any further. With a 0-60 mph of just 2.65 seconds, a quarter mile time in nearly 11-seconds flat, and a 1.1 G-force rating, there is no competition from any other American manufacturer. So here give take a few moments to gaze at this automotive feat and it’s lovely exterior before the quake of the C8, and the silence of the this amazing machine.