I have many car memories with my dad from my childhood, riding the Autopia cars at Disneyland (that gas pedal was so damn hard to push in as a 7 year old), going to the Long Beach Grand Prix and numerous LA Auto Shows (one that is heavily documented with me wearing tube socks and sandals). This is the third Fathers Day without him so I'm still trying to navigate through life. I honestly am stumped as to what he'd think of the Mclaren and the new color scheme. He was more about hitting 200k miles with his heavy commutes to work than having something that would hit 200 mph..
Regardless, he'd be happy that it's one of the things that brings me joy after going on adventurrrrrrres (Ice Tea voice) with my wife and our furbabies (3 at the time of this post, could be 30 by the time I do the next one). Enjoyed a few things this week in the spirit of him with a road trip to see Muse with my nephew and brother (still wish I could've taken him to a show to marvel at the visual and sonic chaos they bring to the table) and capped off today going to a car show with friends followed by a photo and video shoot of the obnoxious unicorn you'll see below..
Introducing HYPERSPACE aka Cloverfield aka Xenomorph aka Unicorn aka Meowclaren
I quickly became hooked on the 12C and color shifting Mclarens around my wedding late in '13 when I drove one at Exotics Racing in Vegas for my bachelor party and CJ Wilson collected his Hyperblurble P1 a few months later (still owe CJ an invoice for the usage of "hyper" haha). The 12C purchase had been on the radar for 2.5 years until finally being in the right spot to pick one up. about six months before that in early '16, I had selected and got a sample of this color. I code-named "HYPERSPACE"
Satin wrap removal and color shifting was completed by David at Highline Auto Innovations and came out as I had planned for the years leading up to last weekend. Was a nightmare trying to find a 12C without a colored interior knowing I would go full rainbow. Thankfully found a perfect alcantara/ carbon/ black spec'd interior and was set. Decided to keep the Verde Ithaca calipers to complete the absurdity.
Went with a very England-y feel on this spot with the castle. Shooting to make it over to that side of the pond in '18 with the wife. for the true experience.
Wife was a bit bored driving the quiet automatic to set up the shots.
A couple hours into the drive over to Charlotte I realized the entire state of North Carolina is under construction which made for a tense ride dodging road debris.
After a fun and hot meet at Caffeine and Exotics in Buckhead, GA I had an enjoyable 30 minute drive on the way to the photo spot my buddy hooked me up with blasting through some tunnels to hear the new exhaust/ intake setup my friends at Hypercar Development in NC were able to cook up (We're basically related through the "hyper" usage).
My dad was the inspiration for my photography passion and he loved shadows, so for the 4 seconds the sun was out I definitely had to capitalize on that visual.
This will be called "X-Wing" on a post sometime in the future.
Hipster puddle shot
Also big shout-out to Jay at Stick N Wrap in Lawrenceville for the last second vinyl request. Speed Kiwi's and MP4 tub vinyl came out awesome.
I think the interior touches are my favorite. After a stressful and expletive riddled few days of ripping my interior apart (without too much drama thankfully) I was able to get the powertrain knobs, start button ring, AC Vents, AC/ Iris knobs, D-N-R button surrounds, key fob and cluster surround hit with the HYPERSPACE color shift.
Things were going well, I didn't crash the drone into the car and some Osmo testing went well too. Then it start pouring as I'm over this shot. My inner Usain Bolt shot down the catwalk to get the doors closed and gear out of the rain.
This is a shot I had in my head very early on after selecting the color. Was hoping I could've controlled the timing at which it occurred a bit better, but came out just as envisioned. Macro-porn ensued.
Thanks for reading. I went from a year between blog posts to six months, soooo... progress!