I have what some would call a soft-spot for German engineered autos. While I may be partial to a ‘certain’ manufacturer, I really adore them all. I was checking out one of my favorite websites, Speedhunters, and came across this crazy Belgian 250S. It just struck a chord with me. You would be hard-pressed to fuse class and charisma any better than this.
Check out the full feature on this 1967 Mercedes Benz 250S on Speedhunters.
:: Andy SappTweet
More incredible Formula Drift action through the eyes of Joshua Herron! I can remember a time when the only footage you would see from FD events would be cellphone-quality clips from the crowd on YouTube. It is so awesome to see edits like these… and through the eyes of so much talent. Guys like Joshua and Will are constantly pushing the envelope with these videos. They set the benchmark for what I think event coverage should be, and I can’t WAIT to see more!
:: Andy SappTweet
If you’ve been paying attention to Motor Mavens at all, you’ll know that everyone that contributes to this site is a fan of our homie Will Roegge‘s videos. And anyone who knows me personally will know that I’m extremely picky and critical of photographs and videos (especially my own). This being said, I don’t often pay compliments photo or video projects unless I really, really mean it. Damn right, I’m picky with photos. This is the part of my personality that makes me always strive to work hard and keep improving my own photos and technique.
As technology improves and HD cameras get cheaper and cheaper, it seems like everyone out there thinks they’re a “photographer” or “videographer.” Being a really good photographer or videographer requires a lot of talent – I believe it’s extremely important for still and video shooters to have a certain sense of artistic VISION – having a good photographic eye is definitely important. However, even more important perhaps than artistic vision, is a strong work ethic.
I’m mentioning “strong work ethic” because I think it’s just not good enough to have the latest Canon digital SLR or Panasonic/Sony/Red/Canon HD video camera (insert any brand here). A 5D Mark II doesn’t produce good photos; a good photographer with a good eye and a good amount of experience does. After all, we’ve all seen plenty of garbage photos shot by people using Canon 1D and 5D series cameras, and there are plenty of horrible car videos out on DVD or on the internet! And Heaven knows, the last thing in the world we need is another crappy-looking drifting video. It’s not flattering to drifting as a culture or as a sport!
So props to our boy Will for having an awesome eye and the type of strong work ethic that has him constantly putting out drifting videos that DON’T suck – the types of videos that constantly give you different viewpoints and different perspectives that the other videographers with more expensive equipment failed to notice.
Big props and THANKS go to Will for the best video footage from Wall Speedway I’ve seen to date. (And we can’t wait to see the sick footy that’s currently being edited by another one of our favorite shooters from Sin City!) I challenge all other photographers and videographers to beat THIS!
Enjoy the video, and turn your speakers up!
:: Antonio AlvendiaTweet
Today, while some of our MotorMavens Atlanta crew is going out to the Southeast Drift event at Turner Field, some of our Cali-based crew is going out to the IDRC drag race event happening at Fontana CA. We just received our new MotorMavens stickers, so be sure to hit us up for a sticker if you see any of our crew at these events!
On Sunday, the SpoCom Show - the Sport Compact Automotive Tradeshow is back at the Long Beach Convention Center (Sunday, June 14th, 2009 from 11am-6pm). In talking with the people at SpoCom, they’re saying this is going to be much bigger than last year! SpoCom has added over 76,000 sq ft to fit in all the sickest cars and hottest girls (they say there will be over a hundred import models there for those who go to shows just for the T&A). We hear there will be a bikini contest, a lingerie show, and our buddy Tobin Honda from D-Sport Magazine tells us they will be conducting a model search at their booth, so make sure not to miss it!
Of course SpoCom is known for having top notch manufacturers there. This year won’t be an exception, with companies like Falken, AEM, HKS, Eibach, Sparco, ACT, Eneos, and KW Suspension (and more!) bringing you all their latest and greatest goods.
We’ll be there getting killer footage and photos for everyone out of driving distance from the 562 area code. If you’re in Southern Cali though, make sure to get out to Spocom and hit us up for a MotorMavens sticker!
:: Travis HodgesTweet