Norwalk CA., September 8, 2012

October 8th, 2012 | Posted by Steve in Fire Engines | Race Cars

This was a Saturday.  My son Aaron was filming a promotional video for LifeSaver Alkohol Stik®.  He invited me to watch him and shoot some stills.

LifeSaver is owned by Ted Titmus.  At one time Ted was a professional race car driver.  The video was being shot with one of Ted’s racing cars as the backdrop inside the trailer where the car is kept.  The tractor and trailer are stored in a warehouse where many expensive vehicles are stored when not in use.

Almost all of the vehicles in storage are privately owned so there are obviously some privacy issues here.  I have Ted’s permission to show his vehicle(s).  There are also a few photos of a vintage American LaFrance fire engine owned by the City of Beverly Hills, California.  It appears to be the type of vehicle driven in parades and put on public display now and then.  Maybe I’m sticking my neck out on this one, and maybe not.

Ted didn’t like my photos of him, but the video Aaron shot can be seen on the LifeSaver website here. If any of you are interested look at the website.  Ted’s idea, which he is trying to bring to fruition, seems to me to have great merit.

What little I remember about his race car is it cost well over ½ million dollars to build and that was without suspension, tires or engine.  Suspension & tires were another big gob of cash and the cost of the engine dwarfed it all.  There is more sauce for the goose.  If you race competitively you need a few engines!

If I recall correctly this car competed on a closed road racing course rather than an Indianapolis or NASCAR type oval.

The trailer has two levels.  The race car is at the top.  We had to step inside the trailer, then climb up to the second level where the headroom was maybe 5 feet.

I used the fisheye lens because quarters were so tight.  All of these shots are handheld with available light.  While I was shooting the stills Aaron was shooting the video.

Outside of the trailer is the warehouse that stores lots of expensive cars and this beautiful fire engine.  I believe the engine is about a 1970.  It sports a California Historical Vehicle license plate.  It is in great condition, and appears mint except for a few spots on a couple of pieces of hardware where the paint needs to be touched up.

Each of these shots are hand held with available light.  I am using the 15mm f/2.8 fisheye or the 16-35mm f2/8 zoom.  Again this is because the space was so tight.  In at least two of the shots you can see my reflection.

I love fire engines and I think the City of Beverly Hills should be commended for maintaining this vehicle.

The front of the vehicle shot with the fish eye.  This one is my favorite.

Again with the fisheye, from the rear wheels looking forward.

From just rear of the cab looking forward with the zoom lens.

The gauge and pump control array, rear of the cab looking forward with the zoom lens.

My next post will be from October 8, 2012.  It is shot in Arizona very near Picacho Peak where a very rare event occurred!

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