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Thirty Years of Coups at Cruise Night
Lens: DA 18-135 mm Camera: K-5 ii; K-3 II Photo Location: Ottawa, Canada 
Posted By: c.a.m, 06-27-2016, 04:29 PM

Every Tuesday evening during the months of May to September, local owners of vintage automobiles gather in the west end of Ottawa to show off their beauties. It’s a popular social event: loudspeakers blast pop music from the 50’s and 60’s; raffles are held for good charitable causes; and owners enthusiastically share their latest mod. It’s a terrific place for picture taking, if you like mechanical things.

What better lens to use than our modest DA 18-135 mm ? Here are samples taken in 2015 and more recently this year.

1930 Pontiac Sport Coupe
The Pontiac brand was created by the huge General Motors Corporation in 1926 and production continued under various models until Pontiac was discontinued in 2010. Vehicles were manufactured in Pontiac, Michigan; both the marque and its home city took their name from the Odawa (Ottawa) Chief of the 1700’s. The Sport Coupe was a 2-door, 2-passenger vehicle; a ‘rumble seat’ in the rear provided seating for two more passengers. The original manufacturer’s retail price was $825 for the base model.

K-3 II; 40 mm, 1/160, f/9, ISO 200.

Pontiac vehicles sported a variety of decorations throughout their early decades, such as this ‘Indian Head’ hood ornament that also served as a radiator cap.

1950 Mercury Coupe
Big, brawny and boat-like – the hallmarks of some of the automobiles of the early 1950’s. This black, sinister-looking customized version of the Merc Coupe could be Batman’s family car. What a lumbering beast – 0-60 mph in just under 18 seconds (0-100 km/h in 20)! Far from an economical car by today’s standard, gas mileage was 13 mpg (USG) or 18.5 litres/100 km. Yikes.

K-5 II; 18 mm, 1/40, f/8, ISO 400.

1956 Cadillac (Coup de Ville)
Ahh, what other vehicle evokes richness more than a Caddy? (at least in North America, that is). The classic ‘white over pink’ was a signature motif – it attracted Elvis when he bought his first car.

K-3 II; 48 mm, 1/500, f/7.1, ISO 200.

1964 Malibu SS
This sleek 2-door hardtop sport coupe featured bucket seats, a 320 cu. in. (5.4 litre) V8, and either a 4-speed manual transmission or a Powerglide automatic. This particular model has been exquisitely restored.

K-5 II; 78 mm, 1/40, f/7.1, ISO 800.

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06-27-2016, 04:34 PM   #2
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Nice series of images and their descriptions!
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Great photos and narration.
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Great stuff.

I had a 1964 Chevelle 2 door post many years ago. Still kicking myself for letting it go.

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A great history lesson. Wonderful images. Thanks.
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Luv that Merc.
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Like your photos a lot, especially the old Pontiac hood ornament (nice bokeh) and that shot of the '64 Malibu SS (think it has a 283 or 327 V8) in with all those other vintage classics.

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A very slick series - outstanding automotive photography.

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Gosh, thanks to everyone for your generous comments! Glad you enjoyed the short series.

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Great vintage car shots..
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Cool series! Thanks for sharing

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