Event Coverage: 2013 Johnny Torres Upholstery Open House

I’ve known Johnny Torres for a few years  now, so when he invited me down to the Open House at his Johnny Torres Upholstery at 915 S. Main in Hutchinson, KS of course I was going to make the trip. I’ve watched his car go from primered and just on the road to finished kustom, it’s been a fun ride. He has been doing kustom upholstery work for a while now both here and occasionally out in CA when he goes out to visit his Beatnik brethren. I’ve captioned the photos so they should tell the story.

 The scene outside of Johnny Torres Upholstery for the Open House
The scene outside of Johnny Torres Upholstery for the Open House
 The scene outside of Johnny Torres Upholstery for the Open House
The scene outside of Johnny Torres Upholstery for the Open House
 1964 Galaxie outside of Johnny Torres Upholstery for the Open House
1964 Galaxie outside of Johnny Torres Upholstery for the Open House
 The scene outside of Johnny Torres Upholstery for the Open House
The scene outside of Johnny Torres Upholstery for the Open House
 Roy Fields
Roy Fields’ 49 Ford outside of Johnny Torres Upholstery for the Open House
 Johnny
Johnny’s Plymouth outside of Johnny Torres Upholstery for the Open House
 Johnny
Johnny’s 41 Chevy outside of Johnny Torres Upholstery for the Open House
 Inside Johnny
Inside Johnny’s shop
 A clean 32 Sedan sitting outside
A clean 32 Sedan sitting outside
 The scene outside of Johnny Torres Upholstery for the Open House
The scene outside of Johnny Torres Upholstery for the Open House
 The scene outside of Johnny Torres Upholstery for the Open House
The scene outside of Johnny Torres Upholstery for the Open House
 Beatniks 20 Year Plaque
Beatniks 20 Year Plaque

While hanging out I ran into one of Johnny’s friends Roy Field who along with his brother Justin and dad have a shop space across the street about a block up from Johnny’s place. Roy has a beautiful 49 Ford that you see above, and has a Bonneville car and they’re working on a dragster and his dad was KKOA member #6. Roy invited me over to see the shop and bit of his dad’s automobilia collection.

 I went across the street to a friends
KKOA #6, he’s been in this from way back in the day.
 I went across the street to a friends
I’ve seen the car around for years it was great to finally meet the owner.
 I went across the street to a friends
A serious collection.
 I went across the street to a friends
Roy’s been backwards and out of control faster than I’ve been forwards.
 I went across the street to a friends
A project Roy says he started on when he was 14, I hope to see it done someday.
 I went across the street to a friends
Roy’s brother Justin is building a new body on Roy’s dragster that he bought from Rick McGregor.
 I went across the street to a friends
Pretty stylish.
 I went across the street to a friends
Another project and tons of signage.
 I went across the street to a friends
He called himself a hoarder, not that it makes you a bad person.
 I went across the street to a friends
The Bonneville car, new engine on the way hoping to improve on the previous 220mph effort.
 I went across the street to a friends
Kinda giving me the jones to head out to the salt next year.
 The scene outside of Johnny Torres Upholstery for the Open House
It’s a good looking machine, the new body is making it even better looking.
 The scene outside of Johnny Torres Upholstery for the Open House
Bird’s eye view
 The scene outside of Johnny Torres Upholstery for the Open House
You don’t see these too often, out of a fire truck its a v12 GMC

 

Here’s where I apologize, I tried a new lens hand held in this low light and the results were less than stellar. I shot maybe 30 more photos and none of them came out, I will not be using that lens in this situation again.

Today I’m off to shoot 2 small town Kansas shows, tomorrow the coverage from those shows will start, early next week expect to see the first drafts of the 2014 Calendar for Charity!

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Hope you had a great Indpendence Day!

I’m going to take the day off from showing you car show photos and share some fireworks shots with you. Hope that’s okay, back to the car-centric posts tomorrow!

For the last few years some good friends of mine have invited me out to a relative’s farm where we can really blow some stuff up on Independence Day. Usually we spend the day in the pool or on the deck enjoying drinks and stories then move out to the farm for a grilled feast and more good times with great people.
As I’ve shown for the last couple of years I’ve experimented with some long exposure photos. Here are some from the last couple of years:

  This year I did some long exposures for the bigger fireworks as well.
My favorite shot of this year.
These kind of remind me of wheat.
I hope that you enjoyed these. If you’d like to experiment with long exposure photography you need 2 things, a steady place for your camera (either a tripod or just a steady place to set it but I highly recommend a tripod), and a camera that allows you to adjust shutter speed to a few seconds. Set your camera up for the composition that you’d like and then experiment with a long exposure of a few seconds to see how much light it lets in and different apertures and ISO. Remember that a lower f-stop (aperture) will let in more light but will also have a more shallow depth of field and that a higher ISO will make grainy “noise” more likely. I’ll be doing some more long exposure low light shots this year at a few events that go later into the evenings.

If you have any questions on specifics of how to do these shots, feel free to contact me directly.

See you at a show,

Royboy

Event Coverage: 2013 Queen City Riot Part 4

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Wish the hood was shut.
Worst hood ornament ever? 🙂

 
Sunday


It was wet as I left for home.


Spent some time on Rt. 66 on the way to Dewey, OK

On the way home I stopped by Fast A.L.'s Upholstery in Dewey, OK and hung out for a bit. Krobe brought his
On the way home I stopped by Fast A.L.’s Upholstery in Dewey, OK and hung out for a bit. Krobe brought his “ol Blue” over.” alt=”On the way home I stopped by Fast A.L.’s Upholstery in Dewey, OK and hung out for a bit. Krobe brought his “ol Blue” over.

On the way home I stopped by Fast A.L.'s Upholstery in Dewey, OK and hung out for a bit. Aaron's Ford is just about back on the road again.
Aaron’s Ford is just about back on the road again.

Aaron's ride waiting her turn, lots of new mods have been done to the car, just needs a little time to button them all up  and smooth some stuff out.
Aaron’s ride waiting her turn, lots of new mods have been done to the car, just needs a little time to button them all up  and smooth some stuff out.

A 37 Ford in Fast A.L.'s Upholstery for a full kustom interior.
A 37 Ford in Fast A.L.’s Upholstery for a full kustom interior.

bug killing field
Bug Collecting for the car crowd.

See you at a show,
Travis

Event Coverage: 2013 Queen City Riot Part 3

Event Coverage: 2013 Queen City Riot Part 3

Some of RJay's Speed Shop Display
Some of RJay’s Speed Shop Display
I love this shirt
I love this shirt

 

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

See you at a show,

Travis

Event Coverage: 2013 Queen City Riot Part 2

Event Coverage: 2013 Queen City Riot Part 2

  A really nicely done 50 Ford Woodie
StrayKatKustoms’ Merc
Jimmy’s 58 Wagon (well it’s actually his wife’s) and Hi Jimmy!!!

 

Jerry’s 36 Ford pickup that I recently shot for a magazine feature
Mike’s 55 Chevy that I need to shoot for a feature soon.
Dick’s 54 Chevy
My Galaxie with kustom paint by Jeff Myers of Premier Body & Paint in Arkansas City, KS
 Clean Chevy truck for sale

 

I just have a thing for them
Kool
The wheels are not my typical style but they seem to fit the car size wise
Comin to get the bad guys
Purdiest car of the show in my opinion.
That’s it for part 2!
See you at a show,
Travis

Event Coverage: 2013 Queen City Riot Part 1

Event Coverage: 2013 Queen City Riot Part 1

 Already collecting bugs, only 2 hours into the trip.

Already collecting bugs, only 2 hours into the trip.

Clear weather as I rolled east for Springfield, MO.

 

Saturday morning I got to the show early so I could have plenty of time to see all of the cars roll in. This sedan was cleaaaaan.

Doug was kind enough to make some room for the Royboy shirts, posters and hats in his booth. Thanks Doug!

Right next door was the RJay’s Speed Shop booth.

I took a break from the show to head into the VFW where the show was held. This ham & cheese omelet came with hash browns & biscuits & gravy for $5. I was full.

 

So then it was back out to the show.

Bret’s 40 Ford.

More to come of it later

Anyone know what engine this is off of the top of their heads? I can’t put a name to that “face”

Here are some from the Vendors area

 

That’s it for this first post, more tomorrow or click on any of these photos to see the entire gallery.

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See you at a show,

Royboy


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