Corvettes at the Mecum Auction Orlando, Florida

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These Corvettes at the Mecum Auto Auction and Show in Orlando, Florida are restored to beyond perfection.  The older ones have disc brakes added and modern Corvette engines and even have A/C and all the amenities.

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F/7.1, ISO 800, 1/13 sec, 35 mm Lens

F/7.1, ISO 800, 1/13 sec, 35 mm Lens

F/7.1, ISO 640, 1/20 sec, 35 mm Lens, -1step

F/7.1, ISO 640, 1/20 sec, 35 mm Lens, -1step

A modern Corvette used as a pacesetter for a major race:

ISO 400, F/9.5, 1/180 sec, 35 mm Lens

ISO 400, F/9.5, 1/180 sec, 35 mm Lens

Sinclair Neon Signs at the Mecum Auto Auction

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Besides Cars, Trucks, Boats and RVs, the Mecum Auto Auction and Show in Orlando, Florida had huge halls full of automotive memorabilia.  This one hall had enameled steel signs and neon original gas signs. The HC was one of Sinclair’s early gas brands and stands for “Houston Concentrate”.

Here is a Neon sign saying Sinclair HC Gasoline:

F/5.6, ISO 400, 1/60 sec, 24 mm Lens

F/5.6, ISO 400, 1/60 sec, 24 mm Lens

Below is a similar sign with no neon:

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How about on the side of an antique truck?

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Here is another Sinclair Neon sign and one I have always liked with the dinosaur:

ISO 400, F/6.7, 1/125 sec, 45 mm Lens

ISO 400, F/6.7, 1/125 sec, 45 mm Lens

Yet another Sinclair Neon sign with Firestone below it:

ISO 400, F/6.7, 1/125 sec, 47 mm Lens

ISO 400, F/6.7, 1/125 sec, 47 mm Lens

 

Triumph Motorocycle Classic at the Mecum Auto Auction

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Even though the Mecum Auto Auction in Orlando, Florida had hundreds if not thousands of classic cars, there were also a few classic motorcycles there.  Here is a British Triumph in a few closeup views:

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ISO 400, F/4.5, 1/90 sec, 60 mm Lens

ISO 400, F/4.5, 1/90 sec, 60 mm Lens

ISO 400, F/4, 1/125 sec, 105 mm Lens

ISO 400, F/4, 1/125 sec, 105 mm Lens

 

 

Famous Eleanor from the Movie “Gone in 60 Seconds”

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Here at the Mecum Auto Auction and Show in Orlando, Florida they have a show tent of many famous movie cars.  This particular Mustang is one of the most famous as it is one of three used in the movie “Gone in 60 Seconds” and is called “Eleanor”.

ISO 125, F/1.9, 1/60 sec, 4 mm Lens

ISO 125, F/1.9, 1/60 sec, 4 mm Lens

ISO 40, F/1.9, 1/20 sec, 4 mm Lens

ISO 40, F/1.9, 1/20 sec, 4 mm Lens

This next one is a different car and is a Shelby Cobra GT 500E model with the E standing for “Eleanor”.  It was not used in the movie as far as I know.

ISO 640, 1/180 sec, F/8, 35 mm Lens

ISO 640, 1/180 sec, F/8, 35 mm Lens

Yellow Buick Special at the Mecum Auto Auction and Show

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Here is a beautiful little yellow Buick Special with space for two spare tires right on the front fenders and a convertible top.  This was at the massive Mecum Auto Auction and show in Orlando, Florida this year.

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F/9, ISO 100, 1/100 sec exposure, 58 mm Lens

F/9, ISO 100, 1/100 sec exposure, 58 mm Lens

How About a Fancy BMW at the Mecum Auction?

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I came across these two fancy BMWs at the Mecum Auction and show in Orlando, Florida.  They are called Isetta Cabriolet 300s by BMW in 1957.  Tiny and cute. It looked like only one back wheel, but I think they had two small wheels close together.

Did you see there are no doors on the sides? How does one get in? See the hinges on the right front, that is where the entire front opens up.

ISO 400, F/8, 1/125 sec, 35 mm Lens

ISO 400, F/8, 1/125 sec, 35 mm Lens

Here is another in blue and white if you prefer.  They are even convertibles!

ISO 400, F/9.5, 1/180 sec, 32 mm Lens

ISO 400, F/9.5, 1/180 sec, 32 mm Lens

 

Mecum Auction in Orlando and the Super Boat

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I decided to go to Orlando, Florida recently with a friend and see the Mecum Auto Auction.  I have never seen a car show that big in my life. You truly could not see it all in one day.  Here as you enter one of the first things you see are massive and I am sure expensive boats which surprised me.  This is the engine business end of a 50 foot speed cruiser.

ISO 400, F/13, 1/350 sec, 32 mm Lens

ISO 400, F/13, 1/350 sec, 32 mm Lens

These are “7 marine” engines and yes each is 627 horsepower for a total of 2508 Horse Power to just get you by.  I asked how fast she went and they said the boat could sustain 60 + knots.  I need one of these for my canoe I was thinking.  The engines are made by Cadillac and somehow fit in those motor cowlings.

The props were unusual “submarine” type with 5 blades too:

ISO 400, F/11, 1/350 sec, 50 mm Lens

ISO 400, F/11, 1/350 sec, 50 mm Lens

Skyscraper in St. Pete Florida

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There are many tall buildings overlooking the Yacht Basin in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida.  This view is just as you exit the Museum of Fine Arts.

ISO 400, F/16, 1/125 sec exposure, 65 mm Lens

ISO 400, F/16, 1/125 sec exposure, 65 mm Lens

Gilded Bronze Statue at the MFA

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This gilded bronze statue stands about 20″ high in a plexiglass case in the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) in St. Petersburg, Florida.  It has amazing detail.

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ISO 2000, F/4, 1/90 sec, 65 mm lens

ISO 2000, F/4, 1/90 sec, 65 mm lens

Greek Vases at the Museum of Fine Arts

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The Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) in St. Petersburg, Florida has lots of paintings and statues and it has many fine examples of original Greek Vases.  Most of these vases are hundreds of years or more BC.  All of them were in plexiglass or Lexan clear cases that caused lots of artifacts even when a polarizer was used.  Here are just a few:

ISO 2000, F/4, 1/45 sec, 40 mm Lens

ISO 2000, F/4, 1/45 sec, 40 mm Lens

ISO 1000, F/4, 1/8 sec, 45 mm Lens

ISO 1000, F/4, 1/8 sec, 45 mm Lens

ISO 2000, F/4, 1/30 sec, 58 mm Lens

ISO 2000, F/4, 1/30 sec, 58 mm Lens

ISO 2000, F/4, 1/10 sec, 50 mm Lens

ISO 2000, F/4, 1/10 sec, 50 mm Lens

ISO 2000, F/4, 1/6 sec, 73 mm Lens

ISO 2000, F/4, 1/6 sec, 73 mm Lens

This last vase has an Egyptian motif with what looks like a Pharaoh on a chariot:

ISO 2000, F/4, 1/15 sec, 105 mm Lens

ISO 2000, F/4, 1/15 sec, 105 mm Lens

 

 

 

 

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